South Africa to host a world party
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In the summer of 2006, millions of people experienced the FIFA World Cup™ together at public locations throughout Germany and transformed the host country into a month-long celebration. "All races, all religions, all nationalities celebrated a huge party. Peacefully and happily. That is how the good Lord envisages the world," summarised Franz Beckenbauer, FIFA Executive Committee member, football icon and President of the 2006 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee.

"The public viewing events became a symbol of the power and charisma of football, the pictures of the millions of fans from all over the world celebrating at public places across the entire country was the image that went around the globe. I am sure that South Africans will transform the entire country into a hub of passion in June 2009 during the FIFA Confederations Cup and moreover between 11 June and 11 July 2010," said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.

To ensure that the FIFA Confederations Cup 2009 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ will be another unforgettable, massive football festival for all South Africans, the broadcast for non-commercial public viewings across the host country will be made free of charge. In addition, FIFA is working together with the nine host cities on the implementation concept for the official Fan Parks, with more details to follow later this year.

Free non-commercial public viewing licences
Thanks to the support of the Official Broadcast Partner in South Africa, SABC, no licences will be required to project the matches in a non-commercial environment. Organisers of the events simply have to comply with the terms and conditions stipulated in FIFA's Non-Commercial Public Viewing Regulations (see "Documents" section on the right - only accessible from South Africa).

It is extremely important for FIFA for the first FIFA World Cup in Africa to touch as wide an audience as possible in the most meaningful way. The world governing body of football hopes that with free access to non-commercial public viewings, all fans in South Africa will be able to enjoy and be part of the incredible FIFA World Cup experience.

Commercial public viewing events in South Africa
South African exhibitors who wish to organise a commercial public viewing event will need to apply for a public viewing licence from FIFA to show FIFA World Cup matches at such events. Please refer to FIFA's Commercial Public Viewing Event Regulations (see "Documents" section on the right - only accessible from South Africa). Licence applications will be made available via FIFA.com as of mid-2008.

All revenues generated by licence fees in South Africa will be donated to the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, "20 Centres for 2010", which aims to raise at least USD 10 million to construct 20 Football for Hope centres across Africa.

In 2006, 170 licences for commercial public viewing events were sold in Germany, generating EUR 700,000 for the Official Campaign of FIFA and SOS Children's Villages, "6 Villages for 2006".

Public viewing outside of South Africa
FIFA will announce its public viewing policy outside of the host country at a later date on FIFA.com. Thank you for your understanding.

Further information
For further information on the regulations in South Africa, please refer to the FAQ document (see "Documents" section on the right - only accessible from South Africa) or contact publicviewing@fifa.org.