By Paul Kennedy
FIFA announced the ticketing policies for the approximately 3.3 million tickets that will be available for the 2014 World Cup in
The cheapest tickets for public sale outside Brazil will be $90, while ticket prices will go as low of $15 to Brazilian students and senior citizens and those who are a part of
the Bolsa Familia welfare program.
But of those 3.3 million tickets, the public will only be able to purchase 1.1 million. The rest of the tickets will be sold as part of travel packages
or go to organizations that have some connection to FIFA or the World Cup, including participating teams whose federations will be able to distribute a limited number of tickets to their own fans. Ticket Prices: Category 1:
$175-$990 Category 2:
$135-$660 Category 3:
Ticket applications for up to a maximum of four seats per match and a maximum of seven matches -- no more than one match a
day -- may be submitted Aug. 20-Oct. 10 at fifa.com
after which a lottery will be held to determine who gets the tickets if there are more requests for tickets than
A second phase will begin Dec. 8, two days after the World Cup draw, and continue through Jan. 30 for fans to request a maximum of four seats per match and a maximum of
seven matches for the team they want to follow. Once again, a lottery will be held to determine who gets the tickets if there are more requests for tickets than available tickets to follow a certain
Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis after each phase of ticket allotments for unfilled blocks of tickets -- if that happens.
distribution of tickets is in part dictated by Brazilian laws requiring local citizens have access to affordable tickets.
In addition to a guarantee of up to 300,000 discounted tickets in
the lowest Category 4, up 1 percent of all available tickets must be offered to disabled customers.
Tickets for the disabled have been set at Category 3 prices, and disabled fans can
request a complimentary ticket for a companion who will accompany them to the match. Ticket Allotments: GENERAL
International & Brazilian public (Categories 1-3) 400,000
(Category 4) TEAM FANS: 390,364
percent of available tickets will go to fans of each team and sold and distributed by their federations.) TRAVEL PACKAGES: 445,500
Hospitality FEDERATIONS: 201,541
confederations, non-participating federations 119,742
Participating federations (including Brazilian federation) OTHERS: 605,191
(about 80 percent are used for promotional purposes.) 131,591
(including tickets available to those accompanying disabled fans.) 100,000
Government and stadium workers 71,425
Broadcast partners 59,918
FIFA VIPs ESPN PICKS UP SUMMER TOURNAMENTS.
ESPN has acquired rights to three
pre-season tournaments, including the Guinness International Champions Cup in the United States.
FOX Soccer holds the English-language rights to the Guinness International Champions Cup,
but ESPN picked up the Spanish-language rights (ESPN Deportes) and digital rights (WatchESPN).
ESPN also will air the Audi Cup (Bayern Munich Manchester City, AC Milan and Sao Paulo) on
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN and the Emirates Cup (Arsenal, Napoli, Galatasaray and Porto) on ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN. FRIDAY NIGHT MEXICAN SOCCER.
ESPN Deportes will be broadcasting Liga BBVA Bancomer MX matches on most Friday nights during the Torneo Apertura. ESPN2 will also carry select games in English-language this year.
La Previa MX featuring Jorge Ramos
, Hernan Pereyra
and Ricardo Mayorga
8 p.m. ET each Friday ESPN Deportes carries a match.
For Sunday Liga matches, Futbol Center will be the lead-in show, airing at 12:00 p.m. ET, while Futbol Picante with analysis of
Mexican soccer will air at 2 p.m. ET and midnight ET, beginning on Monday.
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