Tickets for the highly-anticipated FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 – taking place from 17 October to 8 November - go on sale to the public today on FIFA.com, while local residents can also call 800 STADIA (800 782342).

Ahead of the Official Draw on 26 August, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) announced the sale of exclusive early bird venue packages at a special event in Dubai’s Wafi Mall. The venue packages allow fans to purchase a ticket for every match of the tournament in their selected host venue (Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah) at a discounted rate.

Each venue offers two ticket categories, ranging from just 35AED for category two in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah up to 240AED for category one in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, meaning the UAE’s largest ever football celebration is affordable for all. Abu Dhabi venue packages include the Match for Third Place and the Final, but fans opting for packages in other venues have the option to add both those matches to their package for 10AED (category two), or 40AED (category one).

The LOC celebrated this milestone by unveiling a special ‘Legends Wall’ in Wafi Mall, Dubai. The huge 6m x 3m wall was designed by renowned Dubai-based graffiti artists Sya & Bow, and encourages fans and families to get involved with the tournament by leaving a good luck message for their favourite U-17 teams and players - the legends of tomorrow.

From Wednesday 26 June until Saturday 29 June the wall will be installed in the main entrance atrium area at Wafi Mall, where fans can leave their messages from 5.30pm – 9.30pm each day. At the end of the installation, tournament ambassador Omar Abdulrahman will choose his ten favourite messages and those ten lucky fans will win tournament merchandise signed by Omar himself.

Abdulrahman commented: “I am looking forward to seeing huge support for the tournament across the UAE. Fans around the world should log on to FIFA.com to secure their match tickets and get behind their team. This tournament has been the birthplace for many of the legends we see in the game today - international names like Luis Figo, Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Petit and rising star Neymar all started out competing in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, so we can definitely expect to see some spectacular football.”

“This is a region that is crazy about football and with the 24 best U-17 teams in the world finally coming together in October to compete for the FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy. I am confident that tickets will sell fast,” said the 21-year-old UAE Player of the Year.

HE Mohammed Abdulla bin Bdoua, Tournament Director, added: “We are very excited to launch the FIFA U-17 World Cup ticket sales to the public today. Our objective is to host a tournament where everyone is welcome and fans and families can enjoy a memorable experience at each of our six UAE stadiums. With less than four months to go until the tournament kicks off we urge fans to go out and buy their tournament ticket today.”

A total of 52 matches will be played over a three week period in six of the UAE’s top stadiums – Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Emirates Stadium in Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah Stadium in Fujairah, Sharjah Stadium in Sharjah, Rashid Stadium in Dubai and Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain.

The final 24 qualified nations will begin the tournament in six groups of four, with the top two teams in each group automatically qualifying for the Round of 16. The four best third-placed teams from the six groups will also progress to the knock-out stage.

The FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 Official Draw will take place on 26 August, when single match tickets will then go on sale.

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