Volunteers are vital to the success of any FIFA World Cup™ finals, and such is the passion for football in Brazil and the solidarity and commitment of its people that there should be no shortage of helpers when the big event comes around in 2014.

Some 80,000 people are expected to register as volunteers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, 10,000 more than did so for South Africa 2010. It is expected that between 15,000 and 18,000 applicants will be recruited for the finals, more or less the same number as at last year’s event.

Speaking to FIFA.com on Monday 5 December, International Volunteer Day – a United Nations’ initiative designed to promote volunteering – the Head of the Brazil 2014 Local Organising Committee’s Volunteer Programme Rodrigo Hermida explained the selection process for the biggest footballing show on Earth.

FIFA.com: When will the application period for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil volunteer programme open?
Rodrigo Hermida: The Local Organising Committee (LOC) is currently finalising the volunteer programme dates with FIFA and we’re looking to get the whole process under way in the first half of 2012.

Are the volunteers for last July’s Preliminary Draw automatically registered for the 2014 programme and was the selection process for that event separate to this one?
It was a separate process but the model was the same as the one we will use for the 2014 World Cup. The volunteers for the Preliminary Draw have been registered in the programme, but that doesn’t mean to say they are guaranteed a place in 2014. All the candidates, and that includes the Draw volunteers and the people who will apply next year, will be asked to update their information on a regular basis.

Should people hoping to become volunteers at Brazil 2014 start preparing their applications now?
The ability to speak languages is always a big advantage in any selection process, as are good interpersonal skills and availability. We’re looking for people who are really committed to the event.

So anyone who prepares for the programme is only going to increase their chances of getting selected?
To acquire skills you have to show willingness, and those skills can be technical, like learning a language or developing specific abilities, like your ability to interact with people, which is very important. We’re looking for approachable and polite volunteers, and this is something that’s going to help them with their future careers.