World Cup Dreaming

It promises to be one of the hottest tickets of the sporting year and the FAI has revealed details of when and how fans can make sure of their place at the World Cup Playoff.

The draw for who both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will play takes place on Tuesday, October 17th at 1 pm.

As things stand in the Coca-Cola sponsored FIFA World Ranking the two sides cannot meet because of a top four, bottom four seeding process. So long as things remain as they are both will end up playing against one of Italy, Switzerland, Denmark or Croatia.

The rankings will be updated though the day before the draw and should the positions of Italy in 17th, Croatia in 18th and Northern Ireland in 20th change then an All Ireland clash would become a possibility.

Tickets for the home leg will go on pre-sale to existing Season Ticket, Club Ireland and Jack Charlton Lounge supporters at 11 AM on Wednesday with remaining tickets released for general sale two days later.

The games themselves will take place on November 9th to 11th for the first leg and 12th to 14th for the second.

With around half of the Aviva Stadium given over to long-term ticket holders, there will be a potential 25,000 tickets going on sale, a fraction of the likely demand.

With ticket prices starting at €30 for adults and €20 for children it will mean a boost of around €1 million for the FAI and of course the potential for much more should we make it to the Republic of Ireland’s first World Cup Finals since 2002 and third in total.

Northern Ireland have also played in three finals, beating West Germany in 1958, and Spain in 1982 and making it to Mexico in 1986.

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