Football: FIFA prepares fresh tickets launch

By AFP/RelaxnewsEvents - 12 March 2014 12:00 AM | Updated 5:25 PM

Football: FIFA prepares fresh tickets launch

Football's world governing body FIFA on Tuesday geared up for a fresh launch of World Cup ticket sales from Wednesday, with 345,000 up for grabs for 60 of the 64 matches.

The tickets go on sale in what is the second window of the second sales phase from 1100 GMT although the opening match in Sao Paulo, the final in Rio and the semi-finals in Belo Horizonte and Sao Paulo are already sold out.

The sales allocation is on a first-come, first-served basis, FIFA said on its website, predicting "very high" demand through to the close of sales on 1 April.

The organization said more tickets were available than originally the 160,000 originally announced at this stage due to returns including from sponsors and hospitality clients, plus tickets previously bought but then not paid for.

Predicting fans would witness "one of the most amazing moments in sporting history," Thierry Weil, FIFA marketing director said: "I'm sure they´ll enjoy the unique atmosphere in the country of football!"

Last month, FIFA said it had to date sold 2.3 million tickets.