Final ticket applications revealed for UEFA EURO 2016
The final amount of tickets applied for involving Ireland exceeded 275,000, making Martin O'Neill's team one of the most sought-after in France. It also highlights how much the demand outweighs the allocation.
For Ireland's three Group E games - against Sweden (June 13), Belgium (June 18) and Italy (June 22) - there is a combined total allocation of 26,000 tickets available and with over 275,000 tickets applied for this indicates just how heavily over-subscribed each fixture is.
While it is impossible to meet the demand of each ticket request, the FAI will endeavour to reward the most loyal supporters. UEFA will contact each applicant to inform them of the timeline expected for payments to be taken, while all applicants will be informed of their final status by February 29 at the latest.
The FAI has catered for Ireland supporters in the last three away fixtures, Gibraltar, Poland, and Bosnia & Herzegovina. For the Gibraltar game in Faro, Portugal, the FAI was given an allocation of 10,000 tickets but only 2,518 were taken up, while 2,405 were purchased from an allocation of 2,500 for the Poland game in Warsaw.
However, from the first leg of the qualifying Play-Off against Bosnia & Herzegovina in Zenica, Ireland were over-subscribed after being allocated 650 general admission tickets but 1,403 applications were made for that game.
Here are the details of the allocation for Ireland's Group E games:
Republic of Ireland v Sweden, 13/06/2016, Stade de France, Paris - 13,000
Belgium v Republic of Ireland, 18/06/2016, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux - 6,000
Italy v Republic of Ireland, 22/06/2016, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille - 7,000
The application process, which closed on Monday, January 18, was open to all Ireland supporters, however preference will be given to Supporters Clubs, Season Tickets holders, Fan's Direct members, and supporters who have accumulated a significant number of points.
Priority allocation will also be given to supporters from affiliated football leagues and more than 2,000 clubs that fall under their remit, Board and National Council members, Club Ireland members, Jack Charlton Lounge patrons, Sponsors, and players/staff.
For each Participating National Association at EURO 2016 a total of 2,000 tickets have been awarded by UEFA. The FAI intends to distribute these tickets, once the ticketing process is complete, to unsuccessful applicants with a proven match attendance track record, and to the 'Football Family'. This number is not included in the overall 'Allocation' figure, listed above.