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Federation Internationale de Football Association

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FIFA World Cup match tickets: 70 percent in public hands after third sales phase

Seventy percent of the 2.6 million 2006 FIFA World Cup™ match tickets sold to date have been distributed via public sales, organisers announced on Tuesday in Frankfurt following the allocation ballot triggered by the third sales phase. The eight-hour lottery, scrutinised by a supervisory official from the state of Hesse and set in motion at 10 am with a click of the mouse by OC vice-president Horst R. Schmidt, allocated a total of 300,000 tickets among 677,900 applicants, who had requested 6 million tickets in all. Precisely 558 draws were made as the applications were sorted match-by-match and category-by-category.

"With the end of the third sales phase, 2.6 million of the approximately 3 million available tickets have been sold, including 1.1 million to customers around the world through the official website", Horst R. Schmidt commented. "Public sales also include the tickets allocated to national associations, together with packages available to everyone via the hospitality programme. That means nearly 1.9 million tickets have been distributed via public sale," Schmidt continued.

The lucky winners in the third sales phase will be informed by 15 February. Applicants who placed orders through the internet but failed to secure tickets will also receive notification by e-mail. The tickets will be dispatched six to eight weeks before the tournament.

The fourth sales phase, following the "first come, first served" principle, begins on 15 February 2006. Details of the tickets on offer will be determined by the volume of returns at that time.