RIO DE JANEIRO - The first batch of nearly one million tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil went on sale on the internet yesterday.
While the chase for tickets has began the World Cup qualification is far from over and the draw for the final phase does not take place until December 6.
At least 300,000 of the tickets that went on sale are reserved for "those over 60 years old, students and recipients of the Bolsa Familia family grant", FIFA said on its website.
Those tickets are branded Category 4, cost between $US15 ($F28) and $US82.50 ($F154), and are available only to Brazilians.
Foreigners can buy tickets in the other three categories, which cost much more.
Tickets in those categories for the opening match on June 12, 2014 at the Itaquerao stadium in Sao Paulo cost between $US220 ($F415) and $US495 ($F933) while those for the final at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana on July 13 will set back fans a minimum of $US440 ($F830) up to $US990. ($F1867)