Football: Fifa gets million World Cup ticket requests in seven hours

A general view of the Arena de Sao Paulo Stadium, one of the venues for the 2014 World Cup, in the Sao Paulo district of Itaquera on Aug 19, 2013. Over one million World Cup finals ticket requests were made within the first seven hours of public
A general view of the Arena de Sao Paulo Stadium, one of the venues for the 2014 World Cup, in the Sao Paulo district of Itaquera on Aug 19, 2013. Over one million World Cup finals ticket requests were made within the first seven hours of public sale, soccer's world governing body Fifa said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Over one million World Cup finals ticket requests were made within the first seven hours of public sale, soccer's world governing body Fifa said on Tuesday.

The first phase of sales for next year's tournament runs until Oct 10 and Fifa said more than 163,000 people had made requests on Tuesday for various games.

The opening match on June 12 at the Arena de Sao Paulo (over 168,000 requests) and the final at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro (more than 165,000) were the two most popular games.

The most requests for tickets came from Brazil, Argentina, the United States, Chile and England, added Fifa.

A lottery will be held to decide the distribution for games which are over-subscribed.

Ticket prices for international fans for the final range from US$440 (S$561) to US$990 while prices for group stage matches run from US$90 to US$175. There are various discounted prices for local fans.