World Cup 2010

World Cup 2010

The 2010 World Cup will take place in South Africa, the first time the tournament will be staged on the African continent.

South Africa controversially and narrowly lost out in the vote to hold the 2006 World Cup but ran out comfortable winners in the bid for 2010 over its African rivals in the FIFA vote in 2004.

South Africa successfully staged (and won) the 1995 Rugby World Cup and hosted the 2003 Cricket World Cup (won by Australia).

The 2010 World Cup promises to be a colorful and exciting tournament played against the backdrop of some of the world's most beautiful scenery, spectacular beaches and exotic wildlife.

A true African welcome awaits both the teams and the many supporters who will travel to cheer them on!

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South Africa map for World Cup 2010.


Tickets will go on sale in several phases. The first round of tickets for the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa went on sale in February 2009.

The 32 participating member football associations will be offered 12% of the purchasable tickets for the group matches and approximately 8% in the knockout phases.

All prices for World Cup tickets are in USD. Category 4 (15%) is reserved for South African residents and will be sold exclusively in the local currency - South African Rand (ZAR).

Matches Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Category 4
Opening Match $450 $300 $200 $70
Group matches $160 $120 $80 $20
Round of 16 $200 $150 $100 $50
Quarter finals $300 $200 $150 $75
Semi finals $600 $400 $250 $100
Third Place $300 $200 $150 $75
Final $900 $600 $400 $150

For more detailed ticket sales information see our World Cup Ticket Information Section or buy from unofficial World Cup ticket outlets


World Cup 2010 Match Schedule - see the complete schedule of games and kick off times.

Group A Group B Group C Group D
South Africa
South Korea
Group E Group F Group G Group H
New Zealand
North Korea
Ivory Coast


The complete list of 10 stadiums in 9 host cities for the 2010 World Cup has been decided. The host cities are:

Giant Footballs, Cape Town, South Africa.

Bloemfontein - capital of Free State Province, located in central South Africa. The present modern rugby / soccer stadium, situated in a pleasant area close to the city center, is being further upgraded.

Cape Town - capital of Western Cape Province, and the legislative capital of South Africa. One of the world's most beautiful cities set at the foot of Table Mountain on the ocean.

Durban - largest city in KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa's major port. A surfing and holiday center on the north east coast.
Groundwork has started on the new stadium which is also expected to host a semi final and hold 68,000 spectators.
The stadium is close to a beach holiday area and within 5 kms of the CBD, so there will be a variety of accommodation options available.

Johannesburg - capital of Gauteng Province and South Africa's largest city and major business and gold mining center.

Nelspruit - capital of Mpumalanga Province and a major agricultural center. Gateway to Kruger National Park. Construction work has commenced on the new stadium. Accommodation in the city or in any of the extensive "camps" in the park.

Polokwane - capital of Limpopo Province, 1300m above sea level. Small city 3 hours north of Pretoria and also close to wild life parks. New stadium to be built.

Port Elizabeth - located in Eastern Cape Province on the east coast, a major port. Work has already started on the new stadium, which is close to the city center and the ocean.
Proposed venue for the 2009 Confederations Cup.

Rustenburg - small, provincial city located North West Province in northern South Africa, close to the Rustenburg Nature Reserve.
New stadium, work expected to start shortly.

Pretoria - located in Gauteng Province, close to Johannesburg and the executive capital of South Africa. Utilising present modern 65,000 capacity rugby stadium - Loftus Versfield.


Second round matches will take place in: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria, Rustenberg, Port Elizabeth, and Bloemfontein
Quarter final matches in: Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth
Semi final matches in: Cape Town, Durban
Third place play off: Port Elizabeth
Final (and opening game) - Soccer City, Johannesburg


Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa.

The complete list of 10 World Cup Stadiums in 9 host cities for the 2010 World Cup has been decided. The stadiums are:

Green Point Stadium aka African Renaissance Stadium (Cape Town), 70,000 capacity. A new stadium will be constructed with a retractable roof.

Coca-Cola Park Stadium aka Ellis Park (Johannesburg), 60,000 capacity. Upgrading of South Africa's premier Rugby stadium located in the center of the city.

Free State Stadium (Bloemfontein), 40,000 capacity. Renovation of a 1950s stadium

Moses Madhiba Stadium (Durban), 70,000 capacity. A new stadium will be constructed replacing King's Park Stadium.

Loftus Versfeld (Pretoria). 50,000 capacity. Renovation of an existing stadium.

Mbombela Stadium (Nelspruit), 40,000 capacity. A new stadium will be constructed.

Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium (Port Elizabeth). 50,000 capacity. A new stadium will be constructed.

Peter Mokaba Stadium (Polokwane), 40,000 capacity. New stadium.

Royal Bakokeng Stadium (Rustenburg), 40,000 capacity. Renovation of an existing stadium.

Soccer City (Johannesburg) 94,700 capacity. Renovation of an existing stadium, on the western edge of the city where the opening game and final will be played.
New stadium with construction underway. South Africa's equivalent of "Wembley".

Accommodation: hotels

Check our listings for World Cup 2010 hotel accommodation in the venue cities and other locations and book your hotel online.
Rent private houses in South Africa:
Stellenbosch B&B
Zenzi House
Blue Valley
Bush Loerie
Zaganaga Lodge

Contact us to add your accommodation: free or a small fee options available

South Africa World Cup Travel

World Cup 2010

Information on how to get around South Africa by plane, bus and hire car. All your essential South African travel background.

South Africa Travel

South Africa World Cup Culture

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South African Culture

South Africa World Cup Tours

South Africa speciality tours including golf tours, wine tours, wildlife tours, Cape Town tours, football tours and more.

South Africa Speciality Tours

Mobile / Cell Phone Rental

Rent a cell phone or satellite phone during World Cup 2010

World Cup News

All the latest World Cup 2010 news and views.

World Cup 2010 Official Poster

World Cup 2010 Posters.

The design for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Official Poster was unveiled in November 2007. The winning design by South African design agency Switch features an outline of the African continent in the shape of an African soccer player heading a ball.

The simple but powerful poster has a bright yellow background, which symbolizes the sun and the warmth of Africa. The colors of the South African flag: red, green, blue, black, white and yellow are also present in the design.
Order your poster now!

World Cup Weather in South Africa

Weather forecasts for South Africa during World Cup 2006. Temperatures, rainfall, humidity, wind speeds and 10-day forecasts.

World Cup Qualifying

Follow all the action in the 2010 World Cup qualifying groups as the teams compete to reach the finals South Africa.
2010 World Cup European qualifying groups
World Cup 2010: England's Qualifying Match Schedule
World Cup 2010 Qualifying European Zone: Group 1 - Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Hungary, Albania, Malta
World Cup 2010 Qualifying European Zone: Group 2 - Greece, Israel, Switzerland, Moldova, Latvia, Luxembourg
World Cup 2010 Qualifying European Zone: Group 3 - Czech Republic, Poland, N Ireland, Slovenia, Slovakia, San Marino
World Cup 2010 Qualifying European Zone: Group 4 - Germany, Finland, Wales, Russia, Azerbaijan, Liechtenstein
World Cup 2010 Qualifying European Zone: Group 5 - Spain, Turkey, Bosnia, Belgium, Armenia, Estonia
World Cup 2010 Qualifying European Zone: Group 6 - England, Croatia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Andorra, Azerbaijan
World Cup 2010 Qualifying European Zone: Group 7 - France, Serbia, Romania, Lithuania, Faroe Islands, Austria
World Cup 2010 Qualifying European Zone: Group 8 - Italy, Bulgaria, Republic of Ireland, Cyprus, Georgia, Montenegro
World Cup 2010 Qualifying European Zone: Group 9 - Scotland, Netherlands, Norway, Iceland, FYR Macedonia

2010 World Cup South American qualifying groups
2010 World Cup Africa qualifying groups
2010 World Cup Asian qualifying groups
2010 World Cup CONCACAF qualifying groups
2010 World Cup Oceania qualifying groups