The football fever is on! If you are a sports fanatic, it is more than likely that you know what I am referring to—it’s the World Cup! With less than a year before the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a lot of people are making a buzz about the event and are now keen to buy tickets to experience first-hand the drama, thrills and adventure of this international sporting event.
The FIFA World Cup 2010 will kick off in South Africa on 11 June 2010, and will end on 11 July 2010. In this first time that the World Cup is being staged on the African continent, nine South African cities—Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Nelspruit, Polokwane, Port Elizabeth, Pretoria and Rustenburg—will host a total of 64 World Cup matches. Participated in by 32 national football teams from the six FIFA Confederations, the games will be held in ten stadiums, which are known venues for soccer, rugby and other sports. But before the soccer ball for the World Cup 2010 officially kicks into the air, of course, you wouldn’t want to miss your chance of purchasing tickets in order to attend this largest single-sport event in the world.
In choosing which tickets to buy, it is advisable that you first consult the official match schedule so you can start planning which games you'll be attending. Below is the general timetable:
11–25 June: Group Matches
26–29 June: Final 16 Matches
2–3 July: Quarter Finals FIFA 2010
6–7 July: Semi Finals FIFA 2010
10 July: Match for 3rd and 4th place
11 July: Final 2010 Soccer World Cup
After you’ve decided which games you would like to see, the next step is to ensure that you secure your own tickets through either of the following:
- Online. Visit 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa’s ticketing website at fifa.com and apply for tickets, using an accepted mode of online payment.
- Paper Ticket Application Form. Go to fifa.com and download the ticket application forms. Fill out the document and return to the 2010 FIFA World Cup Ticketing Centre via mail or fax.
You can choose from two kinds of tickets:
- Match Tickets. They are tickets for individual matches 1–64.
- Team Specific Ticket Series (TST). They are ticket strips that will enable you to follow your favorite national team.
Various sites on soccer news have reported that tickets for a number of venues and matches were already sold out. In fact, as of 10 June 2009, a total of 630,021 tickets were sold. But don’t worry because you can still participate in the remaining phases of the ticket allocation:
- Phase I (20 February to 31 March 2009)
- Phase II (4 May to 16 November 2009)
- Phase III (5 December 2009 to 22 January 2010)
- Phase IV (9 February to 7 April 2010)
- Phase V (15 April to 11 July 2010)
Depending on the category/seat position, ticket prices range from a low of USD 20 to a high of USD 900 for the individual matches and from as low as USD 66 to as high as USD 2,728 for TST.
When you have purchased your tickets, don’t forget to also book accommodations in advance, as there will surely be high demand for South Africa’s hospitality sector by then. As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm; so be sure to check the match schedules, purchase your tickets and reserve your hotel in advance to ensure that your stay in South Africa for the 2010 World Cup will surely be a memorable one.