Media Release

Federation Internationale de Football Association

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Ticket orders break two million barrier

The number of tickets ordered for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ has burst through the two million barrier and continues inexorably upwards. By the morning of Thursday 24 February 2005, the Organising Committee had received exactly 319,874 applications requesting a total of 2,198,462 match tickets.

The applications originate from 176 different countries, with 96 percent from Europe and 85 percent from Germany. "Some matches are overbooked, the Final in particular. But we still have tickets for many of the group matches so there's a good chance of success," declared OC senior vice-president responsible for ticketing Horst R. Schmidt. "We're delighted with the response, and just as delighted at the complete absence of technical problems."

Some 812,000 tickets are on offer in the first sales period until 31 March 2005. The lucky recipients of FIFA World Cup tickets will be chosen in a match-by-match random ballot on 15 April 2005. The draw procedure must be completed before ascertaining ticket quotas and a start date for the anticipated second sales period.