Nail biting has become
the new pastime of choice for 30,000-odd Australian football fans waiting to
see if they’ll be getting their ticket and accommodation requests filled.

The official ticket
allocation and accompanying accommodation packages were made available by the
Football Federation Australia (FFA) at 9am yesterday.

Fans were asked to get
their forms in from 9am AEDT, but that the FFA
wouldn’t look at anything that came in earlier.

Within 30 minutes,
10,000 application were received with more than 22,000 in total submitted by 5pm AEDT.

By 4pm on Monday, more than 30,000
applications had been downloaded from the FFA’s website and that figure
continued to grow throughout yesterday, but the FFA has not provided
updated statistics.

Australia
has seen a good ticketing fiasco as recently as the Sydney Olympics in 2000
when the scandal over the allocation process marred preparations.

So FFA CEO John O’Neill was
quick to point out the propriety of the system for sale of World Cup tickets,
accommodation and tours set up by football’s big wigs.

“It’s a process that had integrity, it was as
open and as transparent as it possibly could have been. everyone has been given
an equal chance,” O’Neill explained.

“In terms of processing those applications,
they will be processed upon the order in which they were received from 9am
AEDST.”

But it’s going to be a painful wait of up
to four days for fans who have submitted their applications so far.

Those who miss out shouldn’t despair – the FFA is planning similar
ticket phases from February 15-April 15 and May 1-July 9.

“Our message to the fans out there is to be
patient – please don’t call and ask if your form has been received or
whether you have got tickets,” he said.

“Successful applicants will be notified
within four business days after an extensive verification process has
taken place to check details and remove duplicate applications.”