With the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011 now well under way and 16 of the 52 games having already been completed, the tournament organisers have confirmed that a total of over 1,027,000 tickets have now been sold for the event, the biggest sporting competition ever to be held in the country.

The people of Colombia have answered the call since tickets went on sale on 1 December 2010. More than 800,000 had been sold before the tournament began, a figure that has been swelled by nearly 200,000 since the competition kicked off last Friday. With 36 games still to be played there is every chance that the previous tournament high, set at Egypt 2009, will be surpassed.

As those figures show, the country has caught FIFA U-20 World Cup fever, and more and more fans have been flocking to the new stadiums that will be the tournament’s legacy once it is over.

While all ten of the matches staged in Bogota are already sold out, among them the final on 20 August, there are still tickets available for most of the games in venues such as Cali and Medellin, although category one and two tickets are now unavailable for some games.

Thanks to these brisk sales, not to mention the first-class organisation of the tournament and the support this football-mad nation is giving both nside and outside the stadiums, Colombia is hoping to show the world exactly what it can do by staging the best FIFA U-20 World Cup of all time.

To snap up tickets for this festival of football simply log on at the official ticketing website: http://www.FIFA.com/colombia2011. Alternatively, you can call the official ticketing operator on the following numbers (service provided in Spanish): Bogota - 00 57 (1) 593-6300; Barranquilla - 00 57 (5) 309-7460, Cali - 00 57 (2) 405-5300, and Medellin - 00 57 (4) 444-6300. To access this service on your mobile phone call #593. Tickets can also be bought at various outlets situated across the country.