The right to purchase tickets to the Carlsberg Cup football match between Brazil and Hong Kong will be allocated by a computer draw, the first time a draw has been used. While the Hong Kong Football Association hopes soccer fans will be spared from excessive queuing, there is no guarantee winners of the draw will be able to secure their favourite seats. Winners will be issued with a time slot for purchase - and the best seats will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis. Fans participating in the draw should register with the match organiser from 8am today until 11pm tomorrow through a telephone hotline or website. Demand is expected to be fierce, given pledges that Brazil will field a full-strength squad on February 9 that includes some of the world's top players, including Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos and Ronaldinho. But registration is only open to Hong Kong identity card holders. The hotline is 1833022 and the website http://22.214.171.124/hkfa/registration.jsp . Hyperlinks to it are provided at www.hkfa.com , www.proevents.com and www.carlsberg.com.hk . Releasing the ticketing details yesterday, the association said at least 25,000 tickets would be on sale, about 9,000 more than when Real Madrid visited in August 2003. However, at least 10,000 tickets would be reserved for the association and sponsors. Further details on numbers of tickets at different prices, ranging from $500 to $1,500, are not yet available. A total of 6,250 applicants, plus a further 1,000 on a waiting list, will be picked in the computer draw. Each person can buy in person up to four tickets at their assigned timeslot on January 30 at the Hong Kong Stadium. Unsold tickets will go on sale to the public on February 1. Organisers hope the new ticketing method will avoid the queuing chaos and ticketing confusion that marred Real Madrid's visit. Association general-secretary Martin Lam Chun-ying said there was no need for fans to rush because they could register at any time during a 39-hour period. Expecting up to 30,000 applicants, Mr Lam said the hotline could handle 1,200 calls an hour, while the website could accommodate 2,000 connections at once. 'It is an open and transparent system, though we still believe queuing is fairest. After all, there is no perfect solution,' he said. As to ticketing for tourists, Mr Lam said the Tourism Board had rejected the association's idea to reserve some tickets for them. He suggested tourists buy tickets via relatives or friends in the city. The board said the short lead time made it difficult for it to promote the match among tourists. 'We therefore feel it is more appropriate to return our bulk allocation of tickets to the organiser, to be made available for local consumption, especially with strong domestic demand anticipated,' a board spokesman said. Legislator Andrew Cheng Kar-foo described the new ticketing method as a 'half success'.