World Cup Volunteer Numbers Reach 15,000

Just one week after the opening of volunteer applications for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the number of applicants has already exceeded 15,000.
Volunteer applications opened on July 20, 2009 and this morning, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) had received 15,042 applications from prospective volunteers in 133 countries, according to a statement from the Organising Committee.

This included 482 applications to volunteer at the 2010 FIFA World Cup final draw in Cape Town in December and a further 188 for the Football for Hope festival in Alexandra, Johannesburg during the tournament.

Volunteers will be required in areas such as transport, media, marketing, logistics, accreditation, spectator services, language support, administration and hospitality at the tournament’s ten stadiums and nine host cities.

The OC will continue to accept applications until the closing date on August 31, 2009, after which the 15,000 volunteers needed for the 2010 FIFA World Cup will be chosen.

“We’re delighted with the phenomenal response and the enthusiasm from people to play their part in helping to successfully deliver Africa’s first FIFA World Cup,” said the OC’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Danny Jordaan.

“However, we encourage people to continue to apply until the end of August to ensure we have the strongest possible volunteers to assist in all functional areas. Language support, in particular, will be very important, especially when it comes to assisting foreign fans that will follow their teams to the tournament. So, while we’re very happy with the initial response, we want to stress that the volunteer recruitment process is still very much open.”

Peter Pedroncelli,