January 4 – Korea has announced the opening of general tickets sales for the upcoming U-20 World Cup finals to be held in the country in May and June 2017.
Tickets are priced between 7,000 to 50,000 KRW ($6 to $41) with many matches being double headers in the local stadium. Games are being hosted in six cities – Incheon, Cheonan, Dajeon, Suwon, Jeonju and Jeju – with the final being played in the 42,655 capacity Suwon stadium.
Local Organising Committee chairman Chung Monggyu said: “As the year of FIFA U-20 World Cup is coming and there are only just over three months away, I feel an increasing interest in the tournament from the public. The LOC is putting a great deal of effort into the tournament in cooperation with FIFA and the host cities. I hope the interest in the tournament leads to successful ticket sales.”
From 2-14 January, there is an exclusive sales period for FIFA’s sponsor partner VISA, during which tickets can only be bought with a VISA card. Tickets bought on VISA cards do come with a discount until the day of the Official Draw on March 15.
For the first time for a FIFA tournament there will be mobile ticketing as well as printed ticketing. The mobile tickets will be available in the Korean language.
So far 12 teams have qualified for the 24-team finals – Korea Republic (as hosts), Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, England, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, New Zealand and Vanuatu – four more teams will go through from CONMEBOL’s South America in Ecuador in January. CONACAF qualifiers being in February as do African qualifiers. Both confederations will qualify four teams.
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