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The aftermath of the finals draw has seen a sudden global surge in ticket applications for the 2010 World Cup in the third ticketing phase.

The third phase of sales for 2010 World Cup finals tickets kicked off on Saturday and since then 219,162 ticketing requests have been received via

“We still have 47 days to go in this third phase of ticket sales," said Horst R. Schmidt, chairman of the Ticketing Sub-Committee, in a press release. "We are pleased with the interest shown so far. It shows the impact the finals draw has had on football fans and the FIFA World Cup next year.”

South African residents have an option to apply for tickets at FNB branches across the country. Fans have until 22 January to apply for individual match tickets or Team-Specific Series.

In the event of over-subscribed matches or categories there will be an electronic random selection draw on February 1 to identify the successful applicants.

“Now that the match schedule has been confirmed, we encourage fans in South Africa, Africans and football fans around the world to grab this chance and purchase their tickets for what will be an unforgettable event,” said Danny Jordaan, Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee. The prices for group matches range from €12.50 to €101, except the group match which has higher-level tickets costing €285. Tickets for the final will cost between €95 and €570.

Category 4 tickets, the most affordable, have been exclusively set aside for South African residents. All 32 participating member associations are allocated 12 per cent of all purchasable tickets in the stadiums where their three group games will be played.

These tickets were made available from 6 December 2009 through specified websites operated by the 32 participating member associations.