Tickets for Brazil World Cup going like hot cakes

Over 2.3 million request for World Cup ticket were requested in 24 hours after being available. Photo: FIFA

WASHINGTON, Aug. 21, 2013 — Over 2.3 million ticket applications for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil were requested in the first 24 hours of sales according to FIFA, soccer’s governing body.

Since the tickets went on sale on Tuesday, more than 400,000 fans requested over 2.3 million tickets through for the 64 World Cup matches being held in Brazil. Fans from Brazil have made the most request for tickets, followed by Argentina, the U.S., Chile, Colombia and England. Each applicant can request for up to four tickets for a maximum of seven matches. Fans won’t know until October whether they will actually get tickets after FIFA holds a random draw on all requests.

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FIFA has already received more than 372,000 ticket requests when Brazil plays in the opening match in Sao Paulo on June 12, and more than 344,000 for the final at the Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium. Prices for the final will go from $440-$990 and the opener for from $220-$495. For group stage games, tickets will begin at $90. Brazilians will get discounted tickets.

Sales of leftover tickets will begin Nov. 5 and another phase will begin Dec. 8, after the World Cup draw determines where and when each nation will play.

FIFA expects a total of nearly 3.3 million tickets to be available for the tournament in Brazil, but only about 1 million are offered in the first stage of sales according to the Associated Press.

Fans have still until Oct. 10 to apply for tickets. Ticket applications may be submitted at any time during the period and at the end all requests will be collected and processed together. If the number of applications received per match and category exceeds the number of available tickets, a random selection draw will take place to determine the successful applicants for the respective matches or categories.

Additional information about the application process is available at Ticket Guide Fan on

John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times for 20 years. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.

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John Haydon has covered soccer for The Washington Times for two decades. He has reported on international soccer events in Germany, South Korea and Spain. John hails from Birmingham, England and has lived in the Washington D.C. region for over twenty years.  

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