Get ready Australia: the Socceroos are going to Brazil!


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Get ready Australia: the Socceroos are going to Brazil!

Australian football fans, get ready: the Socceroos scored their way into the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil!

The play-off against Iraq on June 18th was not for the faint-hearted. After 83 minutes of nerve-racking play, substitute striker Josh Kennedy finally headed the ball home in front of more than 80,000 people at Sydney's Olympic Stadium, qualifying the Socceroos for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil!

Tickets for the FIFA World Cup Brazil

The demand for tickets is traditionally very high for FIFA World Cup events. The FIFA World Cup is the most widely viewed sporting event in the world: during the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany, about 715.1 million people watched the final match on site, from home or via public viewing, and during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, a total of 3,170,856 spectators attended the 64 matches that took place across South African football stadiumsi.

Depending on the final stadium configuration, FIFA is expecting to make about 3.3 million tickets available for sale as of 20th August 2013ii. According to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Ticketing Q&A, "each of the 32 teams qualified for the FIFA World Cup has a reserved allocation of 12% tickets for each of their respective group stage match and 8% for any matches beyond that to sell through a dedicated sales tool to directly their fans". Therefore, tickets offered by Football Federation Australia for Australia's matches in Brazil are separate to those available to football fans from all over the worldii. Ticket prices and further details for Brazil 2014 tickets will be provided on the official 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Web siteiii. To avoid fraud and the selling of invalid tickets, FIFA strongly recommends not to purchase tickets from unauthorised ticket sellersiv.

Match schedule

The opening match will take place on 12th June 2014 at 5pm local time (UTC-3 hours) in Sao Paulo (6am Australian Eastern Standard Time, UTC+10 hours). Following matches will run over the period of one month, and the final match is scheduled for 4pm local time (5am Australian Eastern Standard Time) on the 13th July 2014, in Rio de Janeirov. As at June 24th 2013, four teams from the Asian group have already qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup: Japan, Iran, South Korea and Australiavi. As Brazil hosts the World Cup, the Brazilian team will participate automaticallyvii. The remainder of the participating teams are expected to be determined by 19th November 2013viii.

Host cities

Twelve cities will host the World Cup Brazil next year.


Host city Stadium Capacity Facts
Belo Horizonte Estadio Mineirao 57,483 6 games
Underwent complete overhaul prior to 2014 FIFA World Cup
Brasilia Estadio Nacional 68,009 7 games
Recently refurbished, reopened in 2008
Cuiaba Arena Pantanal 42,968 4 games
Under construction for 2014 FIFA World Cup
Curitiba Arena da Baixada 40,000 4 games
Under renovation to increase seat capacity for 2014
Fortaleza Estadio Castelao 58,704 6 games
Home to 2 football clubs: Ceara (Serie B) and Fortaleza (Serie C)
Manaus Arena Amazonia 42,377 4 games
Sustainable stadium project (city is located at the heart of the Amazon rainforest)
Natal Estadio das Duna 42,086 4 games
Under construction for 2014 FIFA World Cup
Home to 3 football clubs: ABC (Serie C), Alecrim (Serie D) and America (Serie B)
Porto Alegre Estadio Beira-Rio 48,849 5 games
Under refurbishment: will increase capacity to 50,287
Recife Arena Pernambuco 44,248 5 games
Under construction for 2014 FIFA World Cup
Recife hosted 1 match at the 1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil
Home to football club Nautico (Serie A)
Rio de Janeiro Estadio do Maracana 73,531 7 games (including final game)
Built for the 1950 FIFA World Cup Brazil
Was once the largest stadium in the world
Salvador Arena Fonte Nova 52,048 4 games
Purpose-built for 2014 FIFA World Cup
Sao Paulo Arena de Sao Paulo 65,807
(20,000
of which is
temporary seating)
6 games (including opening game)
Under construction for 2014 FIFA World Cup
Will host the opening match and 5 additional games, including semi-finals

Travel to Brazil

Winner of the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan, Brazil is a country with paradise-like beaches, the legendary Rio Carnival, and the famous Christ the Redeemer - a massive statue of Jesus Christ watching over Rio de Janeiro. Brazil brought up football legend Ronaldo and new football superstar Neymar, and it is home to a nation that lives and breathes for football.

Brazilians live and breathe football.

If you manage to score tickets for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, or if you are simply up for an adventure and would like to support your team in Brazil, have a look at FIFA's Official Hospitality Programme. This online portal lets you generate an itinerary of team-specific travel, matched to the team you are following.

However, keep in mind that some preparation before you embark on your trip can save you a lot of hassle overseas. Smartraveller.gov.au offers valuable travel advice for visiting Brazil, as well as a travel register and other useful services.

Comprehensive Travel Insurance can provide you with additional security during your trip, covering your luggage, personal effects and any potential emergency medical expenses.


i FIFA 2013, FIFA World Cup, viewed on 24th June 2013, http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/worldcup/index.html

ii Levy L. & Ly P 2013, ‘Socceroos heading for Brazil - are you? How to get a World Cup ticket’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19th June, viewed on 24th June 2013, http://www.smh.com.au/sport/football/socceroos-heading-for-brazil--are-you-how-to-get-a-world-cup-ticket-20130619-2ohi8.html

iii FIFA 2013, Brazil 2014 tickets on sale in August, viewed on 21st June 2013, http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/organisation/ticketing/index.html

iv FIFA 2013, 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Ticketing Q&A Version 1, viewed 21st June 2013, http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/ticketing/01/53/63/65/2014fwcticketing_questions_version2_findoc.pdf

v FIFA 2013, Match Schedule, viewed 21st June 2013, http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/matchschedule.html

vi FIFA 2013, Qualifiers – Asia, viewed 25th June 2013, http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/asia/standings/index.html

vii Fox Sports, 2013, Iran and South Korea both qualify for Brazil 2014 as unlucky Uzbekistan miss out despite big win, viewed on June 24th 2013, http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/iran-and-south-korea-both-qualify-for-brazil-2014-as-unlucky-uzbekistan-miss-out-despite-big-win/story-e6frf423-1226666020632#.UcejD_kdswo

viii FIFA 2013, Qualifiers, viewed 21st June 2013, http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/index.html