FIFA gets more than one million World Cup ticket requests

An aerial view shows the construction of the Arena da Amazonia, or Vivaldo Lima Stadium, as it is...

An aerial view shows the construction of the Arena da Amazonia, or Vivaldo Lima Stadium, as it is rebuilt to host the 2014 World Cup. (REUTERS/Bruno Kelly)

SIMON EVANS, Reuters

, Last Updated: 5:36 PM ET

More than one million World Cup finals ticket requests were made within the first seven hours of public sale, soccer's world governing body FIFA said Tuesday.

The first phase of sales for next year's tournament runs until Oct. 10 and FIFA said more than 163,000 people had made requests on Tuesday for various games.

The opening match on June 12 at the Arena de Sao Paulo (more than 168,000 requests) and the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro (more than 165,000) were the two most popular games.

In terms of countries, the most requests for tickets came from Brazil, Argentina, the United States, Chile and England.

A lottery will be held to decide the distribution for games that are over-subscribed.

Ticket prices for international fans for the final range from $440 to $990, while prices for group stage matches run from $90 to $175. There are various discounted prices for local fans.


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