Get Your Wallets Ready: 850000 Tickets For the 2006 World Cup Go On Sale on Feb. 1

HAMBURG Germany (AP) - Tickets for the 2006 World Cup go on sale online Feb. 1 with 850000 of the 3.2 million seats available in the first stage.

Each fan will be able to order up to four tickets for seven games each. Applications will be processed by lottery after the first two months of sales. Tickets for the 64 games also will be offered when World Cup qualifications end this year and after the final draw.

"There are going to be significantly more applications than tickets available Theo Zwanziger president of the German soccer federation said Tuesday.

In all 3.2 million seats will be available for the soccer showcase but tickets must be set aside for sponsors media soccer federations and other official partners. The total number of tickets allocated strictly to fans was not immediately clear.

Organizers expect about $260 million from ticket sales. Prices range from $45.50 to $780.

The world's biggest sporting tournament begins June 9 2006 in Munich and ends a month later in Berlin.