2006 FIFA Soccer World Cup tickets to be RFID enabled?

February 19, 2004

Anyone attending the 2006 FIFA Soccer World Cup in Germany may be carrying an RFID tag, as the organizers plan to embed one in the tickets themselves. The tag will include information such as game and seating.

IDG News Service reports:

The executive committee of the soccer tournament, which is organized by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, has decided to include RFID tags on tickets to expedite ticketing and prevent fraud, said Jürgen Domberg, director of the committee's ticketing unit in Frankfurt, Germany. "We view these tags as quick and secure -- far more effective than a manual check process at the gates," he said.

Information on the chip will include data about the game and seating, according to Domberg. Whether it will also include personal information, such as name and home address of the ticket holder, is still undecided, he said. "We don't intend to make public exactly what information we will embed in the chip but all information will be in line with data privacy rules adopted by regulators," he said.

FIFA has no plans to track the movement of spectators, especially soccer hooligans, Domberg said. Hooligans caused several riots during the European tournament in Belgium two years ago.

The project is currently a cooperation between Philips Electronics and FIFA, but it's not yet clear who, if any, will be implementing the final solution, according to IDG. (via The RFID Scanner)

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