World Soccer - - Road to russia - Keir Radnedge

Ticket sales are un­der way for the World Cup fi­nals next year. As be­fore, FIFA and the hosts are sell­ing in­di­vid­ual match tick­ets, venue-spe­cific and team­spe­cific se­ries.

How­ever, sev­eral ques­tions re­main for Rus­sian or­gan­is­ers.

Firstly, will they ar­range new flight paths so fans can fly di­rectly be­tween re­gional venues rather than hav­ing to con­nect through Moscow? And will the promised sys­tem of free trains for ticket hold­ers be ready in time to save fans costs on in­ter­nal travel?

Dur­ing the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup ear­lier this year, the Rus­sia 2018 lo­cal or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee was proud to hand out free train tick­ets. But the take-up was mostly from home fans as for­eign sup­port­ers had al­ready paid for their own travel far in ad­vance.

For­eign fans at­tend­ing the fi­nals need to know about trains when they book their flights and ho­tels. Oth­er­wise the Rus­sians will in­cur some crit­i­cal head­lines. And as or­gan­is­ing CEO Alexey Sorokin knows only too well, there are plenty of crit­ics out there look­ing to put the boot in.

Fans need to know about trains when they book flights and ho­tels

Lo­cals...fans at the 2017 Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup

Nearly there...the World Cup count­down clock in front of Red Square and the Krem­lin in Moscow

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