FAI website crashes due to Europa League final ticket traffic

Ballot opens for Irish fans hoping to attend Europa League final.

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THE FAI WEBSITE is struggling to cope with heavy traffic caused by Irish soccer fans hoping to secure Europa League final tickets.

The ticket ballot system for residents in Ireland opened this morning, causing major disruption to the site.

A statement from Abbotstown this lunchtime reads:

Users of the Football Association of Ireland website ( are currently experiencing intermittent delays in accessing the site due to exceptional volumes of traffic arising from the UEFA Europa League ticket ballot for residents of the Republic of Ireland.

Supporters who are interested in entering the ballot are reminded that they can also apply through

The Football Association of Ireland apologises for this inconvenience and reminds supporters that the ticket ballot will remain open for one month until January 13th and all registered applicants during that period will be drawn on a lottery basis.

The final will take place at Lansdowne Road on May 18 with over 6,000 tickets available for Irish fans. The ballot for tickets will conclude on January 13.

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