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U.S. Soccer Communications – 2014 FIFA World Cup Media Credentials

The deadline to apply for media credentials for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil was Tuesday, Dec. 3 and the application is now closed. If you are an editor or producer and have missed the deadline you must contact the U.S. Soccer Communications Dept. directly with your request at communications@ussoccer.org .

As in the past, U.S. Soccer will work with FIFA to process credential requests on behalf of U.S.-based media looking to cover the U.S. Men’s National Team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  Factors taken into consideration when evaluating applications include, but are not limited to, size and reach of outlet and consistency of coverage of the U.S. Men’s National Team.

U.S. Soccer will review applications through our online system and inform media if they have been approved for a credential shortly after the FIFA World Cup Draw on Dec. 6.

Please note U.S. Soccer will only process press credential applications for the following:

  • U.S.-based written press and photographers
  • Internet journalists and photographers for local and national websites
  • Freelance media


TIMELINE

Dec. 3: Deadline for media submitting credential application requests
Dec. 6-13: U.S. Soccer deadline for notification to applicants of approval, denial or pending status

FIFA MEDIA CHANNEL

All media approved for credentials by U.S. Soccer will need a valid FIFA Media Channel account. U.S. Soccer strongly suggests opening an account at FIFA.com at your earliest opportunity. Media who have not yet registered for the FIFA Media Channel can do so here: http://media.fifa.com/registration.

Please note that due to a high volume of applications to the FIFA Media Channel it could take several weeks for you to receive status notification.

PRESS CREDENTIAL CATEGORIES

The following categories should apply through U.S. Soccer:

Written Press
Journalists who write for newspapers, magazines and other printed publications

Photographers
Photographers who shoot for newspapers, magazines and other printed publications

Internet Journalists/Photographers
Journalists and photographers who work for local or national websites or online editions of a newspaper or magazine

Freelance Media
Credentials for freelance media will be limited. If planning to write for multiple outlets, that information must be provided on your application.
The following categories should apply through FIFA:

International and National News and Photo Agencies
In the case of national and international agencies whether they are still image or journalistic they will go through directly FIFA. Examples include: Reuters, Associated Press, Bloomberg and Getty Images.

Radio and Television Non-Rights Holders
Non-rights holders (NRHs) are radio and television companies without broadcasting rights for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. For contractual reasons, and due to limited space, FIFA may decide, at its own discretion, not to credential any non-rights holders. Non-rights holders should apply for credentials directly through the FIFA Media Channel.

Media Rights Holders
Media right holders are radio, television, mobile and broadband rights holders. FIFA TV is directly responsible for Media rights holders. The FIFA Broadcaster Servicing team is in contact with the rights holders and will keep them informed on the credential procedure and timeline.

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