Friday 20 September 2019

FAI explains how they will distribute the 880 tickets they have received for Bosnia away leg

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The FAI have confirmed that they have received an allocation of 880 tickets for the upcoming Euro 2016 play-off with Bosnia-Herzegovina in Zenica on Friday, November 13.

The Association confirmed that they received 1,175 applications for tickets for the encounter at the 11,500 capacity Bilino Polje stadium.

In a statement this afternoon, the FAI said they had applied for 10pc of the overall ticket allocation for the crucial game.

"The Association, had applied for 10pc of the overall ticket allocation. It has now received 630 General Admission tickets and 50 Category One purchases. There are an additional 200 Complimentary tickets (as per UEFA competition regulations and agreements between both associations)," the statement read.

"Any return tickets will be offered to Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporter Clubs and Fans' Direct.

"The process of contacting all applicants commenced today and tickets will be distributed under the Away Ticketing Scheme, which is currently being piloted for this game, and included the Gibraltar and Poland matches – which were both undersubscribed.

"Under the scheme tickets are being distributed as follows: 55 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.

"30 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).

"Allocations to independent supporters registered with Fans' Direct are made on a points based system. This system collates data from Autumn 2012 (the start of 2014 World Cup qualification) and supporters have been awarded points on an individual basis as follows:

"70 points for a Season Ticket purchased for each season from the 2012/13 season. 20 points for each away match attended since September 2012 and 10 points for each single home match attended since the 2012/13 season (if not a Season Ticket holder).

"Allocations to Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporter Clubs will be based on the numbers of season tickets held by each club and divided accordingly among Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporter Clubs.

"Within the 30 per cent of away tickets allocated to Republic of Ireland Soccer Supporter Clubs and Fans' Direct, away tickets will be split on a pro-rata basis based on season tickets held by Supporters' Clubs and the number of members registered with Fans' Direct."

The FAI also revealed that all general admission tickets for the home leg at the Aviva Stadium have been sold and there are limited number of premium level tickets available.

It was also confirmed that the Bosnian FA wishes to take up the full 5pc allocation of 2,500 tickets for the second leg tie at the Aviva Stadium.

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