FIFA sets 2014 World Cup ticket prices in Brazil

July 19, 2013 • Entertainment

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter listens to questions during the soccer Confederations Cup wrap-up press conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Tickets for next year’s World Cup will range from $990 to as little as $15 for some Brazilians eligible for discount rates.

The prices were announced Friday by soccer’s world governing body, FIFA. The $15 tickets will be available to Brazilian students, Brazilians over 60 and members of some social programs. In 2010, some South Africans could pay as little as $20.

Host nation residents will have access to at least 400,000 discounted tickets from the publicly available total of about 3 million.

“Those prices are extremely competitive,” Thierry Weil, FIFA’s marketing director, said in explaining the prices. “So you have a huge range, for sure. I hope that FIFA … has been reasonable when it comes to prices.”

FIFA said prices for international fans start at $220 for the opening match in Sao Paulo on June 12. Top category seats will cost $495 for the opener.

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