15 Dec 2009

World Cup ticket sales very good

6:07 am on 15 December 2009

The third ticketing sales phase for next year's Fifa World Cup has seen the number of tickets applied for hit the half a million mark within the first ten days.

386 thousand of those tickets were requested by South African residents... 114 thousand tickets applied for came from the rest of the world.

At the moment, the USA leads the list of foreign countries for this sales phase with 23 thousand tickets, followed by the UK, Mexico, Germany, Australia and Brazil.

In total applications from 166 countries have been received.

The current third ticket sales phase will run until 22 January 2010.

In total about one million tickets for all 64 matches and categories are made available in the third sales phase - including a limited number for the opening match and the final.