The FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 should provide a tantalising appetiser ahead of world football's main course: the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. World champions Italy, European champions Spain and South American champions Brazil are all due to grace the intercontinental showpiece scheduled for summer 2009.

The tickets for the elite event are on sale now. They can be easily obtained via the tournament's official portal on FIFA.com. If you are interested, please register now for the FIFA.com Club, free of charge. However, if you are already a member of the FIFA.com Club, you don't need to register to be able to apply for tickets.

During the first phase of ticket sales, reservations will be processed in the order in which they are received. Within five days of the date the reservation was made, interested parties will be notified that their order has either been confirmed or cancelled.

During the second phase of ticket sales, which will begin in April 2009, fans can reserve more tickets and will receive immediate notification as to whether their request was successful.

Besides the official ticket sales option available on FIFA.com, competition tickets can also be bought at any First National Bank branch in South Africa.