13 May 2009

World Cup ticket sales thrive

The second phase of ticket sales for the 2010 World Cup has attracted more than 297,000 applications within a week, according to Fifa.

There are 100,000 tickets on offer in the latest batch, which excludes the two semi-finals and the final.

The tickets will be on sale until November and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

More than 112,600 of the requests so far came from South Africa, world football's governing body said.

Applications can be made either through a South African bank or on Fifa's website.

The demand is matching the popularity of the first phase of ticket sales between 20 February and 31 March, which attracted more than 1.8 million ticket requests.

Nearly 556,000 tickets for that phase were distributed by a random computerised draw last month, 44 percent of them to South Africans.

Fifa also said on Wednesday that 351,121 tickets for the Confederations Cup have been sold, with just over a month to go until the tournament kicks off in South Africa.

A total of 640,000 were available for the event.

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