Media Release

Federation Internationale de Football Association

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Accreditation procedure for FIFA Confederations Cup 2005 begins on 1 March 2005 exclusively through www.FIFAworldcup.com

The media accreditation procedure for the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005 will begin on 1 March 2005. Applications may be made exclusively via the internet through www.FIFAworldcup.com. Applications on paper will not be accepted.

A special accreditation area (http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com/06/en/c) can be accessed through the Media section on the FIFA Confederations Cup web site, and contains detailed instructions on media accreditation. The final deadline for applications is 15 April 2005.

The allocation of accreditations for representatives of media organisations with their registered office outside Germany will be undertaken by FIFA. Media organisations with their registered office in Germany will be processed by the 2006 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee Germany. This will follow consultations with the Union of German Sports Journalists. Regional requirements will also be taken into consideration.

This allocation procedure applies to representatives of the written press and internet media as well as photographers.

Receipt of the application will be confirmed by e-mail within 24 hours. Should no confirmation be forthcoming within that time, representatives of media organisations with their registered office in Germany should contact the German Organising Committee by e-mail at medien-akkreditierung@ok2006.de. Media organisations with their registered office outside Germany should contact FIFA at FCC05media-Accreditation@fifa.org.

TV and radio broadcasters who hold rights to the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005 are requested to apply to Infront Sports & Media at http://service.infrontsports.com. Accreditation will be carried out directly by Infront Sports & Media. These broadcasters should NOT make an application through the online procedure.

TV and radio broadcasters who are interested in acquiring rights should contact: Infront Sports & Media, Grafenauweg 2, 6304 Zug, Switzerland, Tel. +41 41 723 1515, Fax. +41 41 723 1625, E-mail: info@infrontsports.com.

TV and radio broadcasters who do not hold rights to the FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005 should apply for accreditation through the online procedure.

On account of the expected high level of demand, it is likely that FIFA and the German Organising Committee will have to draw up quotas. A decision will be taken once all applications for accreditation have been received. Accreditation is not a visa, nor an entitlement to entry into Germany.

The following items are absolutely essential for completion of the accreditation application:

  • Passport (a national identity card is a sufficient alternative for citizens of Schengen countries). The passport or identity card must be valid until at least 29 September 2005.

  • Computer with the following technical capabilities:

• Windows 98/NT/2000/Me/XP

• Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x/6.0 or Netscape

  • A current e-mail address that can be checked regularly

All applicants will receive notification of the acceptance or rejection of their application via the e-mail address provided during the application process by 15 May 2005 at the latest.

The FIFA Confederations Cup Germany 2005 brings together the host nation Germany with world champions Brazil, Greece, Argentina, Australia, Mexico, Japan and Tunisia. The tournament begins on 15 June 2005 with the final to be staged in Frankfurt on 29 June.

Interest in the "Festival of Champions" has been building for weeks. Incredible numbers of enquiries from media organisations, not only from the eight countries taking part, have been received by both the world governing body FIFA in Zurich, and the German Organising Committee in Frankfurt.

"We are appealing to journalists' sense of responsibility concerning accreditation. A major problem in Portugal was no-shows; journalists who requested accreditation and subsequently did not go to the stadiums. It is your colleagues who are hurt most by this. At the FIFA Confederations Cup, and even more so at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, we will take action to deal with this problem, and we reserve the right to take appropriate measures against offending journalists," says Wolfgang Niersbach, Organising Committee vice-president responsible for media affairs.

We remain at your disposal for any queries.