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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Olympic football tickets on sale

30th April 2012

Tickets have gone on sale for the forthcoming Olympic football events following last week's draw.

The tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis and any successful buyers will want to book their central London hotels as soon as possible. The closing date for purchasing tickets will be 11pm on May 6th.

Adult tickets are priced at £20 each, with special pay your age prices for those under 16, while over-60s will be able to purchase tickets at £16 each. Organisers believe the online system will be able to cope with selling up to 250,000 tickets per hour as fans rush to see their favourite international players, including possible stars such as David Beckham, Demba Ba and Papa Cisse.

The commercial director of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Chris Townsend said: "This is a great opportunity for people across the UK to be part of the Games and see great matches at great prices."

Football will be the first event taking place in London 2012 and the first match will feature Team GB women competing against New Zealand, while Stuart Pearce's team have been drawn in the same group as Senegal, Uruguay and United Arab Emirates.

Matches will be played across the UK with the finals to take place at Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday August 11th.

Football made its Olympic debut at the Paris Games in 1900, with Great Britain winning the gold medal and then successfully defending the title at the following Olympics in Stockholm. Women's football was first introduced in 1996 at the Atlanta Games.


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