FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has spent the last few days in Trinidad and Tobago to be on hand for Saturday’s all-Asian final in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. He is now taking advantage of the trip by meeting with some of the region’s football officials and launching Goal projects in Jamaica (Sunday and Monday) and Anguilla (Monday and Tuesday).
Welcomed on Thursday by CONCACAF President and FIFA vice-president Jack A. Warner, as well as Trinidad and Tobago’s U-17 women’s team, the FIFA President kicked off his voyage by addressing CONCACAF’s Extraordinary Congress on Friday morning. He then took part in a press conference held by the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Local Organising Committee, which proved an excellent opportunity to express satisfaction with the economic success of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
“I want to congratulate CONCACAF for their work in the realms of health and communication,” he added. “I would also like to congratulate Trinidad and Tobago for their excellent organisation of this 2010 U-17 Women’s World Cup.” (For a more detailed account of the press conference, click on the links in the column on the right.)
On Saturday, the FIFA delegation and Warner were present to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the University of the West Indies (UWI), which in April 2009 became the tenth member of the FIFA/CIES International University Network (click on the link in the column on the right for more information). “Sport needs to remain a fantastic motor for national development and solidarity,” said President Blatter.
As the afternoon rolled around, it was time to turn attentions back to football and the last two matches at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain. Spain took third place by downing Korea DPR 1-0 before Korea Republic lifted the trophy following their 5-4 penalty shoot-out success against Japan, the match having ended 3-3 after extra time. On Sunday, President Blatter then set course for Jamaica.