11 February 2010
Two million 2010 Fifa World Cup tickets were sold in the first three sales phases, according to Fifa.
“We are content with the ticket sales results so far. We still have two more ticketing phases to sell out the event,” said Horst Schmidt, chairman of Fifa’s World Cup ticketing sub-committee.
The announcement comes after the fourth phase of ticket sales kicked off on Tuesday. A minimum of 400 000 tickets for a total of 53 matches have been made available until 7 April.
‘First come, first serve’
However, Fifa has warned that these tickets will be allocated on a “first come, first serve” basis subject to availability.
“It is important for football fans to note that time is very important when one applies for a ticket. The first come first served principle means that if you do not apply on time, you run the risk of not getting a ticket,” said Schmidt.
Tickets for all matches in Mangaung, Nelspruit, Polokwane and Pretoria are available, as well as for matches at Nelson Mandela Bay (except Slovenia vs England) and Rustenburg (except England vs United States).
Tickets for 11 matches out of the 64 will not be available at this stage.
More tickets ‘possible’
The football body said a few tickets could 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.
Applications can be made on the Fifa website or at FNB branches (South African residents only).