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Sunday 22 October 2017

Tickets for Ireland's date with destiny to go on sale next week

Fans celebrate Ireland's crucial win over Wales in Cardiff
Fans celebrate Ireland's crucial win over Wales in Cardiff

The FAI has released ticketing information ahead of Ireland's crucial World Cup play-off next month.

The Boys in Green are expected to face one of Italy, Croatia, Switzerland or Denmark in a two-legged contest for a place at the World Cup in Russia next summer.

The draw for the play-off will take place next Tuesday at 1pm, with tickets for the home leg going on general sale on the Friday.

"The draw for the play-off takes place on Tuesday, October 17 at 1pm, where Ireland will discover their opponent for a two-legged tie and the dates will be fixed for the home and away games," an FAI statement read.

"Public sale of tickets for the home leg will begin just three days later, starting at 11am, with prices starting at €30 for adults and €20 for kids - excluding booking fee."

Season ticket holders will be able to buy extra tickets for the match during a pre-sale period on Wednesday, October 18, from 11am.

Applications for the away tie can be made from Thursday, October 19.

Decisive

The first leg will take place between November 9 and 11 and the decisive return match will be between November 12 and 14.

Huge demand for tickets for both games is expected, with the Boys in Green in with a shout of competing in their first World Cup tournament since 2002 in Japan and South Korea.

This is also the first World Cup play-off clash since 2009, when the team was controversially knocked out by France following an infamous handball by former Arsenal star Thierry Henry, which led to a crucial French equaliser in Paris.

Up to 10,000 Ireland supporters are believed to have been in Cardiff for the team's decisive victory over Wales earlier this week.

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