Media Release

Federation Internationale de Football Association

FIFA Strasse 20, P.O Box 8044 Zurich, Switzerland, +41 (0) 43 222 7777

Philosophy of "Volunteers 2006"

One of the fundamental components of a successful 2006 FIFA World Cup™ is the passion, friendliness and helpfulness shown by volunteers. Foreign visitors form a lasting impression of the host nation from their frequent contacts with volunteers.

Volunteers can expect to take away some unforgettable memories. They are offered a unique opportunity to play a crucial role at this mega event and experience the cosmopolitan atmosphere at close hand. Furthermore, the importance of voluntary work to the community and its potential in Germany will be thrown into sharp relief by the enthusiastic efforts of our volunteers.

The unpaid helpers will play a pivotal role in bringing to life the official slogan of the 2006 FIFA World Cup: "A time to make friends™".


We have established four goals for the volunteer programme:

  • To ensure organisational excellence at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 and the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

  • To visibly represent the FIFA World Cup Official Slogan, "A time to make friends™".

  • To promote voluntary work in Germany.

  • To convey the joy and excitement of the 2006 FIFA World Cup within the volunteer team and to our visitors.

How do I become a volunteer?

You must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Minimum age 18 on 1 June 2006

  • Good command of German

  • For most jobs, basic knowledge of English

  • Minimum availability to work on all matchdays

Previous experience in the world of sport and/or voluntary work would be an advantage, although the decisive factor will be your personal motivation for volunteering.


Applications will be accepted exclusively via the internet in three application periods:

  • October to December 2004

  • June to September 2005

  • January and February 2006

The date you submit your application within the periods outlined above will have no bearing on the final choice of volunteers. Outside the periods outlined above, the applications portal at will be closed and applications will not be accepted.

After entering your personal details, you will be assigned a password. During the time the applications portal is open, you may access your application and update or correct it after logging on using the password.

Every candidate will receive a confirmation e-mail.

We expect an extremely large number of applications, so please do not contact the volunteer team regarding individual applications.

Selection of volunteers

Applications received within the first phase will be reviewed at the end of December 2004. The first phase also covers recruitment for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005, to take place from 15 to 29 June in Frankfurt, Hannover, Leipzig, Köln and Nürnberg. Candidates considered suitable as volunteers will be invited for interview.

We require approximately 2,000 volunteers for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005. Interviews for this tournament will be concluded by March 2005. Candidates will be informed of the outcome immediately afterwards.

For the 2006 FIFA World Cup, interviews will take place from autumn 2005 until early 2006 in the FIFA World Cup Host Cities.

The interviews are intended to help us:

  • Get to know the candidate

  • Understand the candidate's motivation

  • Establish areas of interest and suitability for specific tasks


It will be vital to inspire candidates ahead of their volunteer work. We will hold special training sessions ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Volunteers will receive general information concerning the tournament and their areas of responsibility. An equally important purpose of these events is for the volunteer team to get to know each other. Training will take place in April and May 2006.


We offer a huge range of opportunities. A few volunteers are already supporting the 2006 FIFA World Cup OC in recruiting the volunteer team.

Assignments are available in the following areas:

  • Accreditation

  • Opening and Closing Ceremonies and public events

  • IT and telecommunications

  • Logistics

  • Marketing

  • PR, Media and Communication

  • Project management

  • Security

  • Ticketing

  • Transport and traffic control

  • Tournament organisation

  • Accommodation and tourism

  • Volunteer management


The most significant reward for your efforts as a volunteer is the unique opportunity to experience the 2006 FIFA World Cup at first hand. There is no financial remuneration. Every volunteer receives an outfit supplied by adidas and may use the facilities offered by the Volunteer Centres. The 2006 FIFA World Club OC will cover the cost of public transportation in the Host Cities. Every volunteer will receive a certificate of merit after the event.


The volunteer programme is supported by 2006 FIFA World Cup Official Supplier ODDSET, the Official Partner of the Volunteer Programme. The sports betting company thus underlines its commitment to voluntary work in Germany. Information and brochures will be distributed via approximately 26,000 lottery kiosks and the volunteer programme will be extensively advertised. OC President Franz Beckenbauer will be the ODDSET featured personality for the volunteer programme.


  • 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games: 60,000 volunteers

  • 2000 Sydney Olympic Games: 47,000 volunteers

  • 2004 Athens Olympic Games: 45,000 volunteers, 160,000 applications

  • 1998 FIFA World Cup: 12,000 volunteers, 60,000 applications

  • 2002 FIFA World Cup: 20,000 volunteers, 110,000 applications

Volunteer programme at-a-glance:

  • Online application phase at begins 18 October 2004.

  • We require approximately 2,000 volunteers for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2005, and 15,000 volunteers for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

  • The volunteer programme is supported by sports betting company ODDSET.

  • Applications can only be made via the internet.

  • Applications will be accepted in three phases: 18 October to December 2004, June to September 2005 and January/February 2006. Applications will not be accepted outside these times.

  • Minimum requirements for volunteers: aged at least 18 on 1 June 2005 (FIFA Confederations Cup), 1 June 2006 (2006 FIFA World Cup), good command of German, basic knowledge of English for most jobs, minimum availability to work on all matchdays.