These requests were received through the world body’s web site, fifa.com. Football fans from over 160 countries submitted requests for the 743 000 tickets available for sale at this stage.
This number excludes any applications handed in by South African residents at First National Bank (FNB) branches in the host country. The number of applications has far exceeded FIFA and the Local Organising Committee’s expectations.
Not surprisingly, the country that has submitted the largest number of applications from overseas is the United Kingdom, followed by the USA. Says FIFA Secretary General, Jérôme Valcke: “We have had a phenomenal response from football fans around the world. We do expect a last-minute rush over the next few days to submit applications to beat the March 31 deadline – in particular in South Africa. This is the best chance to secure a ticket at an early stage, so as not to miss out on this unique opportunity to be part of the first FIFA World Cup on African soil,”
Fifty percent of the applications made so far have been for the Team Specific Series, which allows fans to follow their team of choice as it progresses through the tournament. This reflects the growing popularity of this special ticket product, which was introduced in 2002.