Australia v Japan
This match was played last week and the Aussies came away with a great point from Yokohama Stadium. We are still top of the group with 4 matches left and 3 of them at home.
Don’t count your Chickens
Although we are not there yet, I am confident we can get enough points in the next 4 matches to be in the top 2 teams, which automatically qualifies us for SA2010.
Tickets On Sale
4 years ago the tickets went on sale at this time of year for Germany. Being a WC novice and not all that confident that we would make it to Germany I decided not to pursue tickets until after November 16 2005 when I could be sure we were going to Germany.
What I did not know then, was the system. Basically Get in early.
You can purchase tickets to matches involving your team even though they are not officially in the tournament. If they do not make it you get your money back. I would have thought they would charge you after the team made it, but hey I don’t make the rules.
The cheapest seats available to Non South Africans will be US$80 each up to US$160 each for the group stage.
The first phase goes on sale this Friday, February 20th and runs until March 31st. Basically you register your interest in the tickets you want. I assume there will be a “Team Specific Ticket” where you can purchase tickets to ALL Australian matches until the Final, ie 7 Matches. This is what happened for Germany WC 2006.
Then on April 15th, there will be a random draw to see who was lucky enough to score a ticket. Remember there will only be a limited number of tickets available at this phase. There will be other phases over the next 12 months including a FFA phase to allocate their allocation after we qualify.
The Excitement Builds
My advice is to start early to give you the best chance of going. I was a nervous wreck over Christmas 2005 waiting for the FFA to send me the all important e-mail.
Germany 2006 was the best fun I have ever had. Just do it people and get your arse to South Africa in 2010.