By way of thanks for their unstinting efforts in helping to make the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ a reality, FIFA has announced that it will hand out nearly 50,000 tickets to workers involved in the construction and refurbishment of the tournament’s 12 stadiums. The announcement was made at a press conference following this Thursday’s Brazil 2014 Local Organising Committee (LOC) management board meeting at the Estadio Maracana.

The tickets, all of them Category 4, will be distributed to the construction companies responsible for carrying out work at the stadiums, who will then hand them out to the workers. The constructors are free to decide the distribution criteria and the number of tickets to be allocated to each worker. The tickets are for all the first-round games with the exception of the Opening Match between Brazil and Croatia on 12 June in Sao Paulo.

As agreed with the constructors, tickets were allocated in accordance with the final number of workers involved in the construction of each stadium, the number of tickets per stadium being proportional to the percentage of workers employed there.

The tickets will be distributed in the middle of May and can only be collected by a representative appointed by each constructor. The companies will in turn hand out the tickets to their workers, who will not be required to collect them from the Brazil 2014 Ticket Distribution Centres.

Ticket sales
More than 2.56 million tickets have been sold for Brazil 2014 to date. Some 295,387 of those tickets have been sold in the current sales phase, which comes to a close on 1 April at 7:00 Brasilia time (12:00 CET). The next phase begins on 15 April at 7:00 Brasilia time (12:00 CET).

Ticket Distribution Centres will open to the public in the 12 Host Cities on 18 April, and will initially remain open on weekends only. Nearly 540,000 tickets will be made available for collection from the start of May. Fans who selected the option of picking up their tickets at these centres will be able to do so then.

In collecting their tickets, fans eligible for concessions (over 60s, students, recipients of the Bolsa Familia family grant and people with disabilities) must present documentation proving said entitlement.