FIFA announced the ticketing policies for the approximately 3.3 million tickets that will be available for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
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.
Category 1: $175-$990
Category 2: $135-$660
Category 3: $90-$440
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 available tickets.
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 team.
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.
FIFA’s 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.
701,079 International & Brazilian public (Categories 1-3)
400,000 Brazilian public (Category 4)
390,364 Supporter groups
(8 percent of available tickets will go to fans of each team and sold and distributed by their federations.)
201,541 FIFA, continental confederations, non-participating federations
119,742 Participating federations (including Brazilian federation)
(about 80 percent are used for promotional purposes.)
(including tickets available to those accompanying disabled fans.)
100,000 Government and stadium workers
66,273 Broadcast partners
59,918 Local organizing committee
41,900 FIFA VIPs
By Paul Kennedy