Every ticket available for the 2010 Soccer World Cup will be sold, the country’s local organizing committee CEO Danny Jordan said in Cape Town on Thursday.

Jordaan was speaking after signing a contract with soccer’s governing body FIFA for Cape Town to host the draw for the tournament on December 4.

“I have no doubt that we will sell out every ticket for the World Cup,” Jordaan said.

All the teams fixtures and stadiums will be complete by December 4, which Jordaan said was “a critical date”.

“Once the other teams start to qualify, you are likely to see a spike in sales.

“The draw will bring added momentum to ticket sales.”

Jordaan said around 800,000 of 3.2 million tickets had been sold so far.

South Africans had bought 240,000 tickets. Most of the tickets had been sold in Europe and the United States.

“The fact that the U.S. performed so well at the Confederations Cup has added a trigger to ticket sales in the U.S.,” Jordaan said.

“The US interest is also expressed in the high number of U.S. people applying to volunteer at the tournament.

“The fact that the US president has indicated that he will be coming to the World Cup in 2010 has also created high interest in the U.S.”

Some 2000 “guests” are expected in Cape Town for the draw, including all the coaches of the qualifying teams, some players and 1000 members of the print and broadcast media.

Jordaan said the event would be “a week long draw show” with soccer stars such as English player David Beckham and Argentinean coach Diego Maradona likely to attend.

Cape Town mayor Dan Plato said at the briefing that the city was “on track with its time frames” for the tournament.

“Cape Town is ready, and the stadium will be ready by December 4,” he said.

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DATED: 31st July 2009