Almost 10 million requests have been made by fans from 228 countries and regions since sales began in August last year.

Supporters in Brazil have acquired the most tickets with 906,000, followed by US(125,000), Colombia (60,000), Germany (56,000) and Argentina (54,000), media reported.

"We have a very high demand for tickets," FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said at a press conference. "There's a very high demand from overseas fans."

Seven of the tournament's 64 matches are already sold out: the final, England-Italy, US-Portugal, quarterfinals in Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo and the semifinal in Belo Horizonte.

An additional 159,000 tickets will be made available on a first-come-first-served basis March 12.


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