Green Army hoping to draw comfort
NEXT Friday's draw for the Euro 2012 finals will determine the location of Ireland's games and that will be of huge significance for supporters, given the contrast between Poland and Ukraine in terms of accessibility and the distances between the venues.
Poland would be the preferred option as Ukraine would present the Green Army with a logistical nightmare.
Fans who have regularly attended games during the qualifying campaign, both home and away, will have a better chance of securing tickets.
Others will have to depend on package deals and any tickets returned to UEFA.
The number of tickets allocated by UEFA for Irish fans will range from between 6,000 to 10,000 per match. The primary access point will be a special FAI portal that will be set up on www.uefa.com
Those who are entitled to apply for tickets through this method include supporters who have attended away matches during the qualifying campaign, Vantage Club members, season-ticket holders (2011-12) and active block-bookers
Clubs, leagues and affiliates who have a ticket allocation with the FAI will be contacted separately.
In total, there are more than 6,500 individuals in these groups and each person will be entitled to apply for a maximum of two tickets for group stage matches involving Ireland as well as the knock-out stages, should Ireland progress.
Those in the above categories will be contacted by the FAI between December 5-9. Applications for tickets will open on December 12 and close on February 29.
Applications will not be considered on a first come, first served basis, so it's possible to register at any point in that period.
Fans whose applications are successful will be contacted on March 15.
european championship venues
Group A: Warsaw and Wroclaw (Poland)
Group B: Kharkiv and Lviv (Ukraine)
Group C: Poznan and Gdansk (Poland)
Group D: Donetsk and Kiev (Ukraine)