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.