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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The German city with the largest concentration of Americans will host the U.S. soccer team June 17 in the world’s most prestigious soccer tournament.

Since being announced Friday that the U.S. soccer team will play a World Cup 2006 game in Kaiserslautern, more of the 53,000-plus Americans who live in the K-town area want to attend the match.

Even though the game is six months away, get online now to register for tickets. Thanks to security measures, it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to show up at the nearly 42,000-person capacity Fritz-Walter-Stadion on the day of the game and score a ticket.

The German-American Community Office in Kaiserslautern received a few calls and e-mails Monday morning from people wanting tickets to the game.

“Numerous requests have been submitted to the German-American Community Office by soccer enthusiasts hoping that the helpful staff could provide assistance,” said Sascha Dixon, a public affairs specialist with U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern. “Unfortunately, tickets are only available through the official FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Web site, and all applications go into the lottery drawing for tickets.”

German-American Community Office staff referred people to the World Cup Web site or the World Cup office in Kaiserslautern.

“We don’t have tickets,” said Sissi Kösling, an employee at the German-American Community Office. “We can’t order tickets. We can’t help people get tickets, and we’re very sorry we can’t."

Officials at the World Cup office in Kaiserslautern said they had nothing to do with selling tickets and directed questions to an office in Frankfurt.

Those wanting tickets should visit between now and Jan. 15 to register for the next ticket lottery. The lottery, which will make 250,000 tickets available, will take place Jan. 31. Single match tickets will be available for all the games, except the World Cup opening match. If you are selected in the lottery, officials will notify you.

“It makes no difference whether you register early, on 12th of December 2005, or late, on 15th of January 2006,” according to the World Cup Web site. “Every properly submitted application will stand the same chance to win at the draw.”

Two opportunities for “first come, first served” World Cup tickets will take place next year. One phase will run from Feb. 15 to until the tickets allocated for that phase are sold or by April 15, at the latest. MasterCard will be the only credit card accepted for ticket sales. Other payment options include direct debit and bank transfer.

The final sales phase will begin May 1 and end when the tickets set aside for the phase are gone or by July 9, at the latest.

“During this phase, tickets will be allocated via the Internet as well as via selected advance booking centers at the venues,” according to the World Cup Web site. “At these centers, you can pay cash or by credit card.”

The location of the advance booking centers has not been released.

To prevent black market ticket sales or scalping, each ticket will have the name of the person able to enter the stadium on the ticket. Ticket holders may be asked to show their passports when entering stadiums. Without proper identification, you could be refused entry.

Single-game tickets range from 35 to 100 euros for the first four matches in Kaiserslautern. For the fifth game in Kaiserslautern, tickets sell from 45 to 120 euros.

Those not lucky enough to get tickets to the games in Kaiserslautern can watch the matches on large screens set up downtown.

2006 World Cup

For World Cup tickets and information visit or call 069-2006-0.

USA matches during World Cup:

USA vs. Czech Republic — 6 p.m., June 12, GelsenkirchenUSA vs. Italy — 9 p.m., June 17, KaiserslauternUSA vs. Ghana — 4 p.m., June 22, NurembergWorld Cup matches in Kaiserslautern:


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