Around 6 million tickets were applied for in the third sales period, which ended on midnight CET on Sunday 15th January. Only 250'000 tickets are actually available for this sales phase so a ballot will be held at the end of January and the lucky winners will be notified in early february of which matches they'll be able to attend.
The fourth and final sales period of world cup tickets is scheduled to start on 15 February 2006. This sales period will be on a first-come, first-served basis and it should be noted that only a limited number of tickets will be available. Many of the matches will likely be sold out already because of very strong demand in the first three sales periods.
For those that can afford the high prices, there will continue to be a small number of premium tickets on sale through some specialist ticket companies and sports package agencies. The prices for such tickets are typically 5-10 times greater than the official world cup ticket prices but they are not catering to the mainstream market and some of them come with extras such as pre-match drinks or commentaries.