Media Release

Federation Internationale de Football Association

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OC to open ticket portal for fans

The 2006 FIFA World Cup™ Organising Committee (OC) is to operate an internet ticket portal to facilitate ownership transfers and reselling of 2006 FIFA World Cup™ match tickets. The online platform, to be run in co-operation with FIFA, is currently scheduled to open on 1 February 2006. The third phase of ticket sales for the 64 matches at the finals runs from 12 December 2005 until 15 January 2006 through

"99.9 % of those holding tickets will move heaven and earth to attend World Cup matches in person, but we are nevertheless keeping our promise to offer a service-oriented and unbureaucratic solution for those few who cannot," commented OC senior vice-president Horst R. Schmidt.

The OC portal will offer ticket holders the opportunity of finding potential purchasers by legal means. Tickets may strictly only be offered at face value. "This benefits honest and genuine fans by eliminating inflated prices. The aim is to restrict the black market to the absolute minimum," Schmidt explained. "Another vital factor is to keep sales and transfers open and fair. The internet allows everybody to become involved." Transferring tickets to a specific interested party named in advance by the registered holder will also be possible, especially between family members.

The OC will continue to maintain the strictest security standards, as reflected in ticket personalisation.

More detailed information regarding relevant procedures will be released at a later date.