Joseph S. Blatter meets the Chilean President
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On Sunday 3 June 2007 in Geneva, Joseph S. Blatter held a meeting with the Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Harold Mayne-Nicholls, Chairman of the Chilean national and professional football association, was also present at the discussions, which focussed on forthcoming Chilean projects.

One of the key dates for Chile is none other than the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in late 2008. President Blatter spoke of his confidence in the South American country's reception capacity: "I congratulate you on your commitment to the development of women's football, and also for taking the essential step of introducing football as a sport in schools."

Both share the same viewpoint on the vital role played by football in personal development, education and social development. "Sport, and football in particular, is an important means of learning life skills: it teaches personal discipline, respect for others and team spirit," the FIFA President added.

The Chilean President also communicated her country's desire to host the 2011 Copa America 2011, exactly 20 years after CONMEBOL's showpiece event last took place in Chile.

Also on the discussion agenda was FIFA's decision to cease holding international matches in stadiums located more than 2,500 metres above sea level.