Sao Paulo - Football's governing body FIFA have on Tuesday announced a record first
allocation of tickets for next year's World Cup in Brazil after
overseeing a random distribution of almost 900 000 tickets to fans from
"The whole draw procedure worked smoothly. Of
course, we would have liked to please even more football fans at this
stage, but there will be other ticket sales windows, with the next one
starting in less than a week," said Thierry Weil, FIFA Marketing
Director, following an electronic lottery in Manchester, England.
using the electronic random selection draw, we were able to guarantee
that the whole procedure remained fair and all applicants had an equal
FIFA announced it to be "by far the highest number of tickets to be allocated during a first sales window".
FIFA said it had allocated a total of 889 305 tickets with 71.5% going to Brazilians.
Overall, 6.2 million requests for tickets have been registered -- almost double the total available.
from the host nation, the United States received the largest number of
tickets with 66 646, followed by Britain (22 257), Germany (18 019) and
Australia (15 401).
For the 2006 event in Germany, FIFA said eight
million requests were made and 652 521 were successful while in 2010,
when South Africa hosted the tournament, 1.8 million requests were put
in and 381 559 tickets were distributed.
The next sales window,
hosted by FIFA's website FIFA.com, will start on November 11, with an
estimated 228 959 tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.
none will be available for the opening match in Sao Paulo, the final in
Rio de Janerio's Maracana Stadium, either of the semi-finals, Brazil's
group-stage matches or the round of 16 match at Belo Horizonte.
purchases of remaining tickets can be made from December 8 after the
draw determines the group match schedule for the 32 teams.
total, FIFA is making available 3.72 million tickets for the World Cup,
to be played in 12 Brazilian cities from June 12 to July 13.