The race for tickets for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is heating up
The fourth phase of ticket sales kicked off on Tuesday, 9 February. A minimum of 400 000 tickets for a total of 53 matches will be made available until 7 April. Tickets will be allocated on a "first come, first served" basis, subject to availability. South Africans' applications can be made via www.fifaA.com/2010 or at FNB branches.
"As we enter this fourth ticketing phase, it is important for football fans to note that time is very important when one applies for a ticket," emphasised Horst R Schmidt, Chairman of the Fifa World Cup Ticketing Sub-Committee.
"The ‘first come, first served' principle means that if you do not apply on time, you run the risk of not getting a ticket. That's why it's crucial for fans to process their applications speedily ... We are content with the ticket sales results so far, having already sold two millions tickets. We still have two more ticketing phases to sell out the event."
The two millions tickets sold in the first three sales phases (including tour operators and PMA sales), accounts for two-thirds of the total inventory.
A few tickets could potentially still be made available for all matches at a later stage as some tickets, initially allocated to teams or commercial partners, might be returned to the general public sales process.
As an additional service, fans can now check the latest state of ticket availability, including team specific ticket series, on www.fifa.com.
NOTE: Eleven matches out of the 64 Fifa World Cup matches will not be available at this stage. The matches are:
- England vs USA
- England vs Algeria
- England vs Slovenia
- Portugal vs Brazil
- Round of 16 at Ellis Park, Johannesburg
- Round of 16 in Cape Town
- Quarter final in Cape Town
- Quarter final at Ellis Park
- Semi-final in Cape Town
- Semi-final in Durban
- Final at Soccer City, Johannesburg
Tickets for all matches in Bloemfontein, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria are available, except for England vs Slovenia and England vs USA.