The cheapest match ticket for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 in Germany will cost EUR 17, while a category 1 ticket for the final will cost EUR 99. On average, tickets will cost EUR 42. "These prices will not be out of anybody's price range," said Urs Linsi, General Secretary of world football's governing body, FIFA.
These ticket prices will include all administration fees, taxes and complimentary use of the local public transport network on the day of the match, so the only extra charge will be for postage and packaging. A range of concessions will be available for tickets in category 3 (there will be four categories of tickets). Children, schoolchildren under 18 years of age, students, anyone in military/civilian service, pensioners and persons with a severe disability (and the relevant identification) will be eligible for the concessionary tickets. MasterCard will be the official credit card of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005.
Hosts Germany and world champions Brazil will be joined by six more countries in the "festival of champions": Argentina (2004 Copa America finalists), Greece (European champions 2004), Mexico (2003 Gold Cup winners), Tunisia (2004 African Cup of Nations champions), Japan (2004 Asian Cup winners) and Australia (Oceania Nations Cup winners). Chuck Blazer, the chairman of the FIFA Organising Committee for the Confederations Cup, is already looking forward to the event: "In terms of the participating teams, the Confederations Cup has never been so attractive. Fans will be able to watch eight of the best teams in the world a year before the FIFA World Cup™." Franz Beckenbauer, President of the German Local Organising Committee (LOC), added: "It will be a wonderful opportunity for the fans to get a taste of a World Cup atmosphere in the stadiums. I am sure the matches will be sell-outs."
Fans will be able to order tickets online via www.FIFAworldcup.com from 2 November onwards. "The Internet will be our main point of sale. 99 per cent of tickets for EURO 2004 in Portugal were sold online," explained Horst R. Schmidt, 1st Vice-President of the LOC.
Fans will also be able to request information and order tickets by calling +49-(0)1805-60 66 60 (12 cents per minute for calls from the German fixed-line network). The LOC will have sole responsibility for hospitality sales, which will be launched in mid-December.
The tournament will take place from 15 to 29 June 2005 and some 700,000 tickets will be available for the 16 matches in five different venues (Frankfurt, Hanover, Cologne, Leipzig and Nuremberg).
Individual tickets will be on sale, as well as a variety of ticket series. Venue Specific Tickets, (VST), which allow fans to attend all matches in a specific stadium, are sure to be popular once again, particularly as fans who opt for such tickets will also receive a 10% discount and the guarantee of a match featuring either Germany or Brazil. A maximum of four tickets may be purchased for any one match or VST series.
As for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, a special service company, the FIFA World Cup Ticketing Centre (FWCTC) in Frankfurt-Niederrad, will be responsible for ticketing.
"From an organisational point of view, the Confederations Cup will be the perfect dress rehearsal for us," said Schmidt. The stadium in Frankfurt, which is in the immediate vicinity of the LOC headquarters, will host the opening match as well as the final, and as such will resemble a "test arena". Tickets for matches in Frankfurt will use the chip technology foreseen for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, while the company responsible for the worldwide broadcast of the World Cup matches - Host Broadcast Services (HBS) in Frankfurt - will use the 2005 event as a "dry run" for producing pictures of World Cup-quality.
Ticket prices (in EUR):
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All matches live on ARD and ZDF
ARD and ZDF will broadcast all 16 matches of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 in Germany live. Exact details of which channel will broadcast which matches will be determined directly after the draw for the group stages in Frankfurt am Main on Monday. The group matches will kick off at either 18.00h or 20.45h in Frankfurt, Hanover, Cologne, Leipzig and Nuremberg. The semi-finals and the playoff for third place will begin at 18.00h, while the final, in Frankfurt on 29 June 2005, will get underway at 20.45h.