Dec 5, 2009 11:45 AM by Associated Press

1 million tickets for 2010 World Cup go on sale

Football fans have begun applying for 1 million tickets to 2010 World Cup matches after Friday's group-stage draw. The latest online sales phase opened Saturday, now that the 32 teams know where and when they play first-round matches in South Africa.

Fans must apply by Jan. 22. Twelve percent of the tickets are distributed by national associations taking part. Tickets to oversubscribed matches are allocated by lottery.

The most popular will likely be the June 12 clash between the United States and England - the two foreign countries which bought the most tickets in earlier sales rounds.

South African fans pay 140 rand ($19) for the cheapest seats at group matches.

International prices start at $80.



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