FIFA Confederations Cup debrief meetings conclude in Rio de Janeiro
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FIFA, the Local Organising Committee and the Federal Government wrapped up a three-day detailed assessment of the FIFA Confederations Cup and the general evaluation was that the operation was a success.

Key representatives all stakeholders participated in the event, which was led by FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, LOC CEO Ricardo Trade, Deputy Sports Minister Luis Fernandes and FIFA and LOC directors, as well as representatives from the Brazilian Ministries of Defence, Justice and Communications.

“We had very constructive sessions, identified the key lessons in each operational area and looked at what can be improved for the FIFA World Cup which kicks off in 342 days in Sao Paulo, as well as for the Final Draw taking place in 155 days in Salvador,” explained FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.

“We are now working with all 12 host cities on implementing the key learnings in the preparations for the FIFA World Cup and all additional events such as the Final Draw and the Team Workshop to make sure that we can stage the best FIFA World Cup in operational terms. With regard to the atmosphere, we have no doubt that the fans will provide it. ”

During the sessions held between 1-3 July, the participants reviewed the operation and extrapolated lessons learned and requirements for the FIFA World Cup™ in areas such as competitions and team services, stadiums and facilities, IT, logistics, and temporary structures, among others.

The need to deliver the stadia and the temporary facilities within the agreed deadlines for the FIFA World Cup was a key lesson in order to overcome the challenges faced during the organisation of the FIFA Confederations Cup.

In particular it was taken into account that the scale of the World Cup operation is significantly higher, with the World Cup having 32 event days compared with the Confederations Cup’s 16, 64 matches as opposed to 16, 32 teams as opposed to 8, 12 venues as opposed to 6, 550 training sessions as opposed to 75, and 250 team flights as opposed to 54.

“We are glad to see that our operation was well evaluated,” said LOC CEO Ricardo Trade. “But our teams are already working on the lessons learned from the Confederations Cup and shifting gears to the preparation for the World Cup. There is no time to waste. There are six more stadiums to be delivered and we have to continue working with the government to make sure that we set the stage for optimal conditions next year for the 32 teams and for the thousands of fans from Brazil and abroad.”

“We met here with a feeling of accomplishment, and this success has to be credited to a huge degree to the excellent working relationship between FIFA, the LOC, and the state, city and federal governments,” said Brazil’s Deputy Sports Minister, Luis Fernandes. “This was decisive. We will continue at this pace to overcome the even greater challenges we will face in 2014.”