Do you want to watch the games at the stadium, or would you prefer to take part in organising the FIFA World Cup™? While the first phase of ticket sales saw 2.3 million requests in the first 24 hours alone and runs until 10 October, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) announced on Thursday 22 August that a second phase to sign up to be a volunteer for the event would begin on 9 September, at an event in Cuiaba.

“We had a record 130,000 candidates last year, but we have heard that requests are being received every day from all over the world for us to reopen registration," said LOC member Ronaldo as he left the LOC board meeting in Rio de Janeiro. "This second call-up will help us find more people with different profiles: those who speak languages, elderly people, disabled people and those from more rural parts of Brazil. The broader the Volunteer Programme, the greater the legacy of empowerment will be.”

From a total of over 2.3 million ticket requests, 84.8 per cent have come from Brazilians. Category 4 tickets, which are cheaper and available only to Brazilians, were the most sought-after, making up 65 per cent of demand. These are record numbers, given the 2006 FIFA World Cup saw applications for 500,000 tickets in 16 hours, and the same number took ten days at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

We are a little over three months from the final draw and then we have the World Cup, and the fact that our team is working so well with the LOC, the host cities and the Government, has left me feeling content.

FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke

“We were pleased with those numbers, but the focus at the board meeting was on operations," said FIFA Secretary General, Jérôme Valcke. "We spoke about transport and airports. For instance, we discussed the need for additional flights between the host cities, without necessarily having to go through Rio or Sao Paulo. We are a little over three months from the final draw and then we have the World Cup, and the fact that our team is working so well with the LOC, the host cities and the Government, has left me feeling content.”

The enthusiasm of the fans has not been limited to the FIFA World Cup games, but also the matches held in the six modern FIFA Confederations Cup stadiums since the tournament ended. In less than two months 42 events have been held with a total of 973,762 spectators and an average of 26,318 people.

“The Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia, which had generated so much doubt in terms of how it would be used, has now seen the best average [number of spectators] of the championship, with over 40,000 fans," said LOC President Jose Maria Marin. "Beyond that, we have seen the operational legacy, which has begun to reach high international standards of private security and stewarding.”

“On the visits before the meeting, to Sao Paulo, Curitiba and Manaus, we were able to see not only the stadiums, but also the World Cup legacy projects happening in those cities," said Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo. "We have an optimistic outlook on preparations for the event, and ticket requests by fans from 200 countries gives everyone an idea of how important the World Cup is for Brazil and the world.”