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History made with Canada 2007 ticket sales

It's official: the FIFA U-20 World Cup will make Canadian sports history as FIFA and the National Organising Committee (NOC) announced today that advanced ticket sales for the tournament have eclipsed the mark that will ensure over a half of a million spectators will attend this summer's top-flight tournament. Surpassing this milestone confirms that the FIFA U-20 World Cup will be the largest single-sport sporting event ever to take place in Canada.

With the Official Draw taking place in Toronto this Saturday, 3 March, the fact that sales have already surpassed the 500,000 spectator mark is even more significant as it means that fans have snapped up tickets without yet knowing which of the 24 qualified teams will play in each of the six Canadian cities playing host to the 52-match tournament.

"For advance sales to ensure over a half of a million spectators at the FIFA U-20 World Cup before the Official Draw even takes place is a truly tremendous achievement which speaks volumes about the growth and popularity of football in Canada," said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. "This sets the course for the FIFA U-20 World Cup to ensure a powerful legacy of football for generations to come."

"We are thrilled that soccer fans have embraced the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 with open arms," said NOC Director Peter Montopoli. "This tournament has created an unprecedented buzz for the game of football in our nation. Canadian fans are ready to show the world that they are first-class hosts when it comes to the greatest game on earth."

The competition, which will take place in the six Canadian cities of Victoria, Burnaby, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, runs from 30 June to 22 July and will showcase the world's top youth teams challenging each other for the right to claim the crown of world champion.

For complete competition details, including updated team profiles, the match schedule, host country information, qualification information, previous competition results and more, visit the official website of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 on FIFA.com .

Participating teams: Host: Canada AFC: Japan, Jordan, Korea DPR and Korea Republic CAF: Congo, Gambia, Nigeria and Zambia CONCACAF: Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and the United States CONMEBOL: Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay OFC: New Zealand UEFA: Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Scotland