FIFA World Cup 2010, Press

14. December 2009

In line with the media accreditation process for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, which opened in the FIFA Media Channel on 5 December 2009, the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) will from today, begin accepting Media Accreditation requests for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.

The Organising Committee will only accept media accreditation requests from media organisations whose headquarters are based in South Africa and South African nationals working in South Africa. This refers to print reporters, print photographers, internet websites, freelance writers and freelance photographers. South African nationals who are freelance writers or photographers based outside South Africa must submit their request directly to FWC2010media-accreditation@fifa.org.

Correspondents for foreign newspapers in South Africa must submit their request for accreditation to their respective national associations via the head editorial office in their home country.

Radio and television Non Rights Holders (including community broadcasters) must apply for accreditation directly to FIFA at FWC2010media-accreditation(at)fifa.org.

All South African Media should therefore note the following:

  1. For the 2010 FIFA World Cup, FIFA has given South Africa a limited quota of accreditations to be distributed to our national media. Final allocation of media accreditation is at the discretion of the OC.
  2. For print and online media only, your respective Editor can submit the list of names and designation of the reporters and photographers he/she is assigning. All requests must be submitted from a corporate Media House e-mail account. Please include a detailed description of your organization (if it is not inherently obvious).
  3. Photo agencies must follow the same procedure as in point 2, above.
  4. Freelance journalists and freelance photographers are strongly advised to seek assignment prior to applying for accreditation with the OC as affiliated media may have priority during the allocation process.
  5. In order for media representatives to be able to access and then submit the online accreditation form, they will be required to have two important items; First, an approved individual FIFA Media Channel account and Second, a unique accreditation Control Number issued by the OC. Access to the online media accreditation form will only be possible with this said Control Number.
  6. Application and/or submission of request for Media Accreditation does not mean it has been granted. That is at the sole discretion of the OC and all requests go into review process which may take several days.
  7. In accordance to FIFA regulations, media accreditation is reserved exclusively for professional media practitioners (print reporters, print photographers, internet websites, freelance writers and freelance photographers).

The deadline for South African media to submit their request to the Organising Committee is Thursday, 31 December 2009.

Timeline
31 December 2009 - OC deadline for media submitting requests for media accreditation through their editors.

31 January 2009 - FIFA deadline for online submission of FIFA World Cup accreditation application via the FIFA Media Channel.

The FIFA credential application will only be available online via the FIFA Media Channel. All media who have requests from the OC approved will need an approved FIFA Media Channel account in order to complete the process. Regardless of the status of your request with the OC, we suggest opening an account at FIFA.com at your earliest opportunity as this will be vital for requesting both accreditation and, later, match tickets.

Rights Holding TV/Radio Broadcasters
There will be a separate accreditation process for Rights-Holding TV/Radio Broadcasters which will be managed by the FIFA Broadcaster Servicing Team on behalf of FIFA TV. For more information on this process, please contact FIFABroadcasterServicing(at)fifa.org

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