FAI agree 3,500 tickets to be allocated for Ireland's World Cup Qualifier in Wales

The allocation is dependent on the final game in Group D being hosted in the Cardiff City Stadium or in the Principality Stadium

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The FAI and the Welsh Football Association have agreed to allocate 3,500 tickets for Ireland's World Cup Qualifying Group D clash next October.

The agreement is "dependent on the final game in Group D being hosted in the Cardiff City Stadium or in the Principality Stadium" the FAI said today in a statement. They claim that early indications suggest it will be held in the Cardiff City Stadium with a capacity of 33,280. The allocation represents 10.5% of total capacity of the stadium.

Under FIFA regulations, host nations must offer at least five per cent of tickets to visiting supporters.

However, to meet the expected high demand, the FAW have agreed to put forward a larger allocation to travelling Irish fans.

In a statement the FAI say:

"As a result of ongoing discussions with the Confederation of Republic of Ireland Supporters Clubs, the FAI has increased the allocation that will be reserved for regular away supporters in the breakdown of the distribution scheme. The new lay-out is as follows:

"45 per cent will be distributed to supporters from affiliated football Leagues and more than 2,000 clubs which fall under their remit, Board and National Council members, players/staff, Club Ireland members, and Jack Charlton Lounge patrons.

"40 per cent will be allocated to independent supporters who are members of Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporter Clubs and Fans' Direct.

"15 per cent will be provided to supporters travelling with the FAI's official travel partner, Abbey Travel - these supporters have their details of match attendance at away games logged should they ever decide to apply independently for tickets.

"The Confederation of Republic of Ireland Supporters Clubs (CRISC) said the increase by 10 per cent in allocation for members of supporters clubs and Fans' Direct was good news for all regular away supporters."

Should the Principality Stadium be chosen for the game, the FAW has indicated that it will be in a position to release more tickets.