Media Release

Federation Internationale de Football Association

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Unpaid, but worth their weight in gold!

The 'Ready, willing and able' team comprises a total of 15,000 volunteers, who are tirelessly assisting the guests, teams and journalists. One in three volunteers – around 5,300 in total – are working assisting the fans and guests directly.

One third of all the applicants are women, 64 percent are below the age of 30 and there are also 2.000 retirees among the field of applicants. The Volunteer Programme has already embodied the FIFA World Cup motto 'A time to make friends', since applications were received not just from Germany, but from all around the world. The non-German applications came from a total of 168 countries from all four corners of the world. One fifth of all applicants were from outside the host nation, with Brazil providing 1,500 applicants, the most non-German candidates.

Between them, they cover 45 different languages, including Hindi, Korean and Japanese.

The areas in which the volunteers have been working are many and varied, and have included accreditation, media, transportation and traffic control, IT and telecommunications, fan services, competition, logistics, project management and ticketing. Helpers are involved in all areas of the organisational structure, and are without exception described as "unpaid, but worth their weight in gold." Thank You!!!