More than 220,000 tickets went on sale as the second window for soccer's 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil opened today.
Tickets for 57 matches were made available on a first-come, first-served basis from 9am (Brasilia time) via the Fifa.com website.
There were no tickets in this sales window for the opening match in Sao Paulo on June 12, the final in Rio's Maracana stadium on July 13, any of Brazil’s group-stage matches, the round-of-16 match in Belo Horizonte and the semi-finals in Belo Horizonte and Sao Paulo.
Fifa said that tickets can be picked up free of charge at any of the 12 host cities in Brazil, otherwise it will cost $25 per delivery within Brazil and $41 for an international shipment.
Fifa attempted to justify the high price by saying that the delivery fee "covers the cost of shipment as well as any other administration costs associated with the service, plus all applicable taxes, and includes up to three attempts to deliver the tickets."
Thierry Weil, Fifa marketing director in charge of ticketing, said: "This is a special optional service for the fans. Tickets are valuable items and as such cannot be simply sent by an ordinary postal service. It must be ensured that these precious goods are safely delivered and this at fair conditions for all fans in Brazil and internationally. I am very pleased that we have finally found what we believe to be a fair and good solution for all ticket holders who opt for having their tickets sent to them."
A record 889,305 tickets were allocated to fans from 188 countries in the random selection draw in the first phase of ticket sales for Brazil 2014.
There were requests for 6.2 million tickets in the first phase.
Further tickets for all 64 matches will be put on sale on December 8, once the draw for the finals has been made and fans know where and who their team will be playing in the opening group phase.