830,000 tickets available for 'Festival of Champions'
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With exactly 219 days to go until the opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup on 15 June 2013 in Brasilia, football fans should get ready for the kick-off of the first ticket-sales phase.

Booking will be available via FIFA.com for what promises to be a hugely memorable tournament, with a line-up of four FIFA World Cup champions (Brazil, Italy, Spain, Uruguay) in the starting blocks alongside continental champions Mexico, Japan, newcomers Tahiti as well as the yet-to-be-confirmed African participants.

Approximately 830,000 tickets will be available for the 16 matches in the six different venues - Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador - which were reconfirmed on 8 November 2012 at a media briefing at the Museu do Futebol in Sao Paulo. Please visit FIFA.com for all details and quotes from the media briefing.

As of 3 December 2012 – two days after the draw in Sao Paulo, when supporters will find out who plays whom and where – all ticket categories, including category 4 tickets which are exclusively reserved for Brazilian residents, will go on sale. During this first sales phase at least 50,000 category 4 tickets will be offered to Brazilian residents.

Students, people over the age of 60 and recipients of the social programme Bolsa Familia will be entitled to receive a 50 per cent discount on the ticket face value. Furthermore, elderly people (over-60s) resident in Brazil will be entitled to receive a 50 per cent discount for category 1-3 tickets. In addition, a certain allocation of category 1-3 tickets will be exclusively offered to Visa card holders worldwide in a pre-sale phase from 21-30 November 2012.

In general, football fans will be able to either buy up to six individual tickets for a maximum of ten matches or purchase a maximum of six specific series comprising several matches in one venue. As Brasilia will host only the opening match it has no venue-specific series.

For the group stage, tickets for international supporters will be sold in US dollars ranging from USD 60 to 140 subject to the category, and tickets for Brazilians will be sold in Brazilian reals ranging from BRL 57 in category 4 to BRL 266 in category 1. Discounted category 4 tickets for first-round group matches for Brazilian residents will be sold at BRL 28.5.

Furthermore, in accordance with applicable laws in Brazil, at least 1 per cent of the total quantity of purchasable tickets offered will be made available for disabled customers.

Tickets for disabled people have been set at the category 3 ticket face value price. Disabled customers also have the option of requesting a complimentary ticket for a companion who will assist and accompany them to the match.

During the first sales phase from 3 December to 15 January, it will not matter on what date ticket applications are submitted as all requests will be collected at the end of the sales phase and then processed together.

If the number of applications per match and category exceeds the number of available tickets, a random selection draw will take place to determine the successful applicants for the respective matches or categories. It is important to highlight that the first 50,000 category 4 tickets within this random selection draw will be offered on a priority basis to over-60s, students and Bolsa Familia recipients.

Brazilian fans who do not have access to the internet are invited by the Brazilian Government to use public infrastructure (such as schools) to apply for tickets. Please visit this Copa 2014 link for more details.