Media Release

Federation Internationale de Football Association

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20,000 apply for 2006 FIFA World Cup™ Volunteer Programme

The dedicated internet portal for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ Volunteer Programme had been open for all of six minutes on 18 October 2004 when the first online application arrived, submitted from Lichtenfels in Upper Franconia. A young woman from California became the first overseas candidate shortly afterwards, while the most senior applicant to date was born in 1927. The number of applications today topped 20,000 as the OC continues to recruit a 15,000-strong volunteer team for the FIFA World Cup finals in Germany. The first recruitment phase runs until the end of December at

"The volunteers have a vital role to play in our efforts to extend a heartfelt welcome to visitors from around the globe. They are the public face of our Official Slogan, 'A Time to Make Friends™'," commented OC vice-president in charge of the programme Dr Theo Zwanziger. "We're delighted at the high level of interest, and we're very satisfied with the quality of the applications to date. A host of multilingual young people have applied, but also older football fans with appropriate qualifications and extensive work experience. It is a real cross-section of society."

Before and during the FIFA World Cup from 9 June to 9 July 2006, volunteers will take on a wide range of assignments in 80 areas of responsibility, including assisting the 32 teams, performing VIP services, staffing the media centres and supporting the transportation, marketing and telecommunication operations. Candidates may specify a preferred assignment on the online application form.

Some 2,000 volunteers are required in advance for the FIFA Confederations Cup from 15 to 29 June 2005. The second recruitment phase runs from June to September 2005. The third and final opportunity to join the volunteer team comes in January and February 2006.