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FIFA to sell 3 million tickets for Korea/Japan

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Jay Mwamba

For legions of Ireland’s traveling fans, one more hurdle remains before next summer’s World Cup finals in Japan/Korea comes to fruition: tickets.

FIFA, international soccer’s governing body, has put up millions for sale, and is for the first time offering fans worldwide a new type of ticket that will enable them to follow their respective teams as far as they can go in the finals.

With a Team Specific Ticket, fans can follow the teams of their choice all the way to the championship match on June 30 — if they reach it.

In previous World Cup tournaments, tickets were available only in Venue Specific Ticket format.

A total of three million tickets are available for the 2002 finals, which start May 31 in Seoul, South Korea.

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Of these, 1.3 million tickets are for the domestic general public in Korea and Japan, 1.5 million tickets are for sale internationally, and 880,000 will go to the international general public and national associations of the 32 participating teams.

In addition, FIFA’s commercial affiliates and rights holders will receive 620,000 tickets, with another 200,000 reserved for FIFA officials, the media and observers.

Tickets for the general public are also available online at www.FIFAworldcup.com, the official World Cup website.

The following are frequently asked questions answered by FIFA to help fans around the world obtain tickets for what promises to be a thrilling tournament.

What is a Team Specific Ticket?

The TST gives fans the chance to buy tickets to see the national team of their choice. In previous FIFA World Cup finals, tickets were only available in Venue Specific Ticket format.

Are Venue Specific Tickets available for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Finals?

Yes. A VST series is suitable for those who wish to visit one place in Korea/Japan and are content to watch whichever teams are drawn to play there.

How many ticket series can I apply for?

You can apply for up to four ticket series, per household.

If I apply today, can I be sure I will get the tickets I want?

All applications for TST series that are received before April 30 will be entered into a random draw process, which will take place on May 15. You will receive notification soon after this date. If you have been successful you will receive a confirmation certificate, if you have not been successful you will receive information regarding possible future opportunities to purchase.

What are the ticket face prices?

FIFA announced on June 6, that Ticket Face Prices will range from $60 for Category 3 for (first round) group matches, to $750 for Category 1 for the Final.

What is the Ticket Series going to cost?

All of the price details are clearly laid out on the Ticket Application Form, but they range from $198 for three first-round (TST 3) category 3 tickets, to $2,448 for 7 (TST 7) category 1 tickets, one for each of the three first round matches, Round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal and the final match.

Where can I find all the ticket price details and application form?

You can apply online at www.FIFAworldcup.com, or you can request an application form from the 2002 FIFA World Cup Ticketing Bureau by telephone at 44- (0)-870-123-2002, or you can fax the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Ticketing Bureau requesting a faxable application form. The fax number is 44-870-124-2002.

When do I have to pay?

You must complete the application form fully, including your preferred payment details. Your payment will be processed immediately after May 15 only if your application has been successful.

What happens if my team gets eliminated in the first round?

When applying for tickets, you have a number of choices to make. If you wish only to watch the team of your choice play, and if and when they are eliminated, you wish to go home, then you should apply for the Conditional Ticket series. If, on the other hand, you wish to stay and watch the tournament later stages, then you should apply for a Fixed Ticket series.

What does this mean?

If you apply for a TST 4, TST 5, TST 6, or TST 7 (i.e. first round plus later stages) on a Conditional Ticket basis and your team does not progress to all the stages covered by your Conditional TST series, you will be entitled to a refund of the TST price (including the TST service fee) for those tickets that you purchased for matches in which your team does not participate. A standard $10 per Conditional TST Series will be deducted from the refund.

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