Anthony Stavrinos writes:

The Football Federation Australia today urged fans to avoid
dodgy scalpers and wheeler-dealers trying to flog tickets for the Socceroos
World Cup finals group games.

The FFA has just announced its allocation of tickets for
the Socceroos matches in Germany will go on sale from
9am AEDST next Tuesday (20th December). As a competing nation at the tournament the FFA has been
appointed as the only Australian source of FIFA World Cup tickets and
tours for Australian matches. But opportunist travel operators are already offering
packages with no guarantee of match tickets.

The application forms will be available on the FFA’s website
from Monday but are only
being accepted form Tuesday and any they get beforehand won’t be
processed. Approximately 8,500 ticket packages across Australia’s
three group stage matches, plus 12-night travel and accommodation
programs if
required, will go on sale starting from as little as $1,970 plus
flights.

As a bonus novelty, the FFA are even pulling out the big guns – former national
team players Frank Farina and Robbie Slater – to host fan tours. Special functions and access to Socceroos training sessions
will also be part of the FFA program.

FFA has retained a maximum of 1,050 tickets per match to meet contractual and
operational arrangements (e.g. team/player allocated tickets, sponsors, state
federations etc.), which will allow the following tickets to be made available to
Australian sports fans, for each Australian match:

  • v Japan, [12 June, Kaiserslautern]: 2,190
  • v Brazil, [18 June, Munich]: 3,630
  • v Croatia, [22 June, Stuttgart]: 2,662