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World Cup Volunteers: First phase ends with 130 thousand registered

According to FIFA, 52% of the candidates are men and 51% are between 16 and 25 years old

South Africa had 70,000 people registered in the volunteer program (credit: Agência Brasil)
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Posted on 24/09/2012 18:07 h
updated on 19/10/2012 18:23 h

Closed for entries since last September 21st, the volunteer program of FIFA counted 130,919 candidates to work in the 2014 World Cup.

It is almost double what happened in the South Africa World Cup (70,000) and nearly triple the number of entries for the 2006 World Cup in Germany (48,000).

The numbers of the first step of the selection process were announced on this Monday (September 24) by FIFA, on the official Web site of the entity.

The review shows that 52% (68,040) of those registered are men and 51% of the total, or 67,449, are young people between 16 and 25 years old.

As FIFA already anticipated before the end of registration, the state of São Paulo will be the largest ‘supplier’ of volunteer candidates (over 33 thousand, or 25% of total), nearly twice Rio de Janeiro (18,000), which comes second.

State where authorities linked to the World Cup suspected that there would not be enough people interested, Amazonas ended with 4,229 candidates, only ahead of Mato Grosso and Rio Grande do Norte, which even appear in the list of FIFA.

The presence of foreigners is also significant. The balance of the international federation shows that, out of the more than 130,000 registered volunteers, 5% (7,450) are from outside the country. Spanish-speaking nations standout such as Colombia (908 registered), Argentina (509), Spain (504) and Mexico (500).

"Besides the cultural exchange that characterizes volunteering at major sporting events, the participation of foreigners ensures the supply of volunteers for areas that need people who speak other languages, such as competitions and press service," said the volunteer manager of the LOC, Rodrigo Hermida.

It will be 7,000 volunteers at the Confederations Cup and 15,000 in the World Cup. According to the Web site of FIFA, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) will contact candidates who are interested in working on the 2013 test event from November this year. The next step of the selection process occurs still in December.

For the 2014 World Cup, the schedule is repeated a year later, FIFA said.

The statistics of the World Cup volunteer program

The ten Brazilian states with the largest number of entries:

SP: 33,208
RJ: 18,763
MG: 13,247
DF: 8,496
BA: 8,228
RS: 7,069
CE: 5,903
PE: 5, 543
PR: 4,935
AM: 4,299

The ten countries with the largest number of entries:

Colombia: 908
Argentina: 509
Spain: 504
Mexico: 500
United States: 482
Poland: 458
Peru: 331
China: 282
Germany: 247
Ukraine: 165

Distribution by age group:

16 to 25 years old: 67,449
26 to 40 years old: 44,871
41 to 64 years old: 17,812
Over 65: 787

Distribution by gender:

Women: 62,879
Men: 68,040

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