Since the 20th of August 2013 World Cup Brazil tickets are finally available for purchase. On the first day over 2 million World Cup Brazil ticket requests have already been submitted in the first phase of the ticket sale by Brazil, England, Chile, USA and Argentina mostly. The most popular matches are the opening match and the Final.
Of all seats available in the 64 matches (roughly 3.3 million) in the 12 World Cup Brazil stadiums, only 80.4% are available to the public. 16% of the stadium capacity is reserved per match for the fans of the 2 teams playing.
|Matches||Category 1||Category 2||Category 3|
|Round of 16||$220||$165||$110|
|3rd / 4th Place Match||$330||$220||$165|
Prices range from 90 USD – 990 USD for international supporters. They can purchase category 1, category 2 and category 3 tickets.
Attending the opening match in Arena São Paulo costed at least 220 USD with the top category seats costing 495 USD.
Attending the Final in Estádio do Maracanã costes at least 440 USD up to 990 USD.
For the group matches, the cheapest ticket is 90 USD (Category 1). Category 3 tickets cost 175 USD.
For Brazilian residents, students, disabled people and recipients of government social welfare programs, FIFA created special discounts. There was at least 300,000 discounted tickets available which are category 4 tickets.
It was the Brazilian government who demanded for these category 4 tickets to be introduced in order to make it easier for Brazilian citizens to attend the matches.
For the category 4 ticket owners, the group stage matches will be around 15 USD (30 Brazilian Real), the cheapest tickets of the World Cup. In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa the cheapest ticket was 20 USD.
The Final will cost around 138 USD for these groups.
Football fans buying the discount tickets are not able to receive the tickets at home since they have to show proof they are eligible at the distribution centers.
The workers who have helped constructing the stadiums will receive category 4 tickets for free.
FIFA sells tickets in phases. Around 1/3 of all tickets could be bought in the initial phase which ended on the 10th of October 2013. The amount of requests for tickets on the last day the 10th of October was 6,164,682 from a total of 203 countries. 70.86% of the requests were from Brazil and the remaining 29.14% from the rest of the world.
For oversubscribed matches a random draw has taken place between the 11th of October and the 4th of November to allocate the popular seats. A total of 889,305 tickets have been random distributed to World Cup fans from 188 countries. 71.5% of the tickets went to Brazilians. United States received the most amount of tickets aside from Brazil: 66,646 tickets. Great Britain followed with 22,257 tickets, Germany with 18,019 tickets and Australia with 15,401.tickets.
In the first sale period, the leftover tickets were sold out in 7 hours on the first day. Almost 62% went to Brazilians an 38% to international buyers. Originally the tickets could be bought from the 11th of November until the 28th of November on a first-come first-serve basis. Around 220,000 tickets were available. However, none of the tickets were available for the opening match, the Semi-Finals, Brazil group matches, Round of 16 match in Belo Horizonte and the Final.
The 2nd and last phase started on the 8th of December, 2 days after the World Cup groups have been announced and the schedule is confirmed. Tickets could be purchased on the FIFA ticketing website until 12:00 CET on January 30 2014. Tickets could be purchased for all matches except for the opening match and the Final. If there were more requests than seats, a lottery determined the successful applicants. It didn’t matter on which day before January 30 you bought the tickets. All the buyers had an equal chance to be a successful applicant. FIFA stated a maximum of 4 seats could be purchased for a match for up to 7 matches.
In the first 24 hours of the 2nd phase a total of 1,179,363 tickets have been requested. Around 86% have been requested by Brazilian fans. Brazil is followed by USA (38,009), Argentina (30,659), Chile (23,014), Colombia (12,103), Mexico (11,580), Australia (8,064), Germany (6,556), England (6,469) and France (6,006).
On the 8th of December the participating team (PMA) ticket sales also started. Tickets from the categories 1, 2 and 3 were available. 16% of the tickets will be reserved for fans (8% per team per match). This includes tickets for all matches including the opening match Brazil against Croatia. Only residents or nationals from the participating teams can apply for PMA tickets, doesn’t matter where they live. These PMA tickets could be purchased till the 7th of February and included a selection draw as well. So every buyer had an equal chance to become a successful applicant.
In the end of February, applicants received notification whether they were selected in the lottery. The people who missed out, had another chance to buy tickets. On the 12th of March, the 2nd period of the 2nd sales phase started. This ticket sale was on a first-come first-serve basis, so you had to be quick! In the first 24 hours a total of 284,597 tickets were allocated. Brazil remains the country with the most requested tickets (207,649), followed by USA (20,981), Colombia (5,901 tickets), Australia (5,793), Argentina (4,648), England (4,262), Mexico (3,989), Chile (3,024), France (3,325) and Canada (2,891). The sales period ended on April 1st 2014. Most matches are already sold out.
As of April 1st, a total of 2,577,662 tickets for the 2014 World Cup have already been allocated through all sales phases and channels.
The Last Minute Sales phase started on the 15th of April at 7:00 Brasilia time (12:00 CET). This phase will run until the end of the World Cup. The availability per match is constantly updated in the relevant chart directly on FIFA’s website. Brazilian fans will only be able to pay by payment card, preferably by Visa. Cash payment will be accepted for over the counter sales which only start on the 1st of June.
Tickets can be purchased at the official FIFA website or at the designated FIFA Venue Ticketing Centres in Brazil from June 1st to July 13.
FIFA stated the following about the purchase of World Cup Brazil tickets:
“FIFA would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that FIFA.com is the only online sales platform for tickets for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. Any ticket products being offered by other companies or on other platforms are not part of or related to the official ticket sales programme. FIFA has not appointed any company to act as its agent for the sale of match tickets. Supporters are strongly recommended not to buy tickets through other channels.”
Ticket buyers have the following options for receiving their World Cup Brazil tickets: By courier service, for a delivery charge or by picking them up personally at no cost at one of the ticketing collections points in the 12 host cities in Brazil.
An international carrier will handle the process for both the Brazilian buyers and international buyers. 59 Brazilian Real (around $25 USD) will be charged per delivery within Brazil and $41 USD for any international shipment. It can take up to 2 weeks for the tickets to be delivered. Buyers had till the 30th of January 2014 to decide how to receive the tickets. After January 30, tickets cannot be received by courier services due to the huge operational complexity of the ticketing printing and shipment.
The delivery costs of the World Cup Brazil tickets are equal for all countries outside Brazil. FIFA purposely chose this approach in order to guarantee the same conditions for all fans no matter where they live. The delivery fee includes shipping costs, administration costs, applicable taxes and up to 3 attempts to deliver the tickets.
The ticket distribution process will only begin in May 2014 for security reasons. In that time on the 18th of April 12:00 local time, the Ticket Distribution Centres also become available in the host cities. For the first 2 weeks they will only be open in the weekends. Fans who selected the option of picking up their tickets at these centres will be able to do so from May. The airports in the 12 World Cup host cities will then serve as a pickup location as well. Check for addresses and more information the official FIFA website.
In below video FIFA announces its ticketing strategy for the 2014 World Cup.