Blatter: Football can liberate women
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FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, Chairman of the Organising Committee Franz Beckenbauer and President of the Local Organising Committee Oliver Camps faced the media on the eve of the final of the 2010 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago. FIFA.com brings you the highlights from the press conference that was held at the tournament’s headquarters in Port of Spain the day before the all-Asian grand finale between Korea Republic and Japan.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter

On the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in general
It is a great pleasure to be in Trinidad and Tobago on the occasion of the final of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. I am happy to report that this tournament has been a great success, a great international event. We backed this tournament as much as any other FIFA World Cup. The pattern and the agenda was exactly the same as we had in South Africa for the senior men’s World Cup, even though the level is quite a bit different.

On the success of Asian teams at Trinidad and Tobago 2010
It is great that we have three teams from Asia in the semi-finals, but it’s not really a surprise. When FIFA began exploring women’s football in the 1980s, Asia already had women’s football in its development stages. The roots of women’s football were laid down very early in East Asia. There is still a gap in quality between certain continents, but I am encouraged by the improvements made on the African continent. They have come a long way, and the results here indicate an improvement.

On football as a liberating force for women worldwide
The next U-17 Women’s World Cup will take place in Azerbaijan and it will continue this special tradition of developing the women’s game all throughout the world. Football can liberate women; it is not just a macho thing anymore. I said in 1995 that the future of football is feminine and I still believe that.

On goal-line technology
We are considering only goal-line technology, nothing else. Football must keep its human face. If there are not errors and controversy on the pitch, then what will fans talk about?

President of the Local Organising Committee Oliver Camps

On the U-17 finals in Trinidad and Tobago
Everything has gone smoothly so far and I hope tomorrow’s final matchday will prove that the tournament was a resounding success from start to finish. What we’ve achieved here is not only good for our country of Trinidad and Tobago, but for the whole world as well.

On the future of women’s football in Trinidad and Tobago
We are going to continue in developing women’s football in our country. We will do everything we can to encourage women to play football from an early age here. There is now a system in place and a view to the future.

Chairman of the Organising Committee Franz Beckenbauer

On Trinidad and Tobago 2010 exceeding expectations
This tournament exceeded our expectations in many ways, and it was a great idea to give the tournament to the country of Trinidad and Tobago. This is only the second U-17 Women’s World Cup and it will undoubtedly help the development of women’s football in this country, which did not have a very big profile before.

On improvements in the women’s game
I hope the tournament here helps women’s football to blossom. I have become more and more interested in women’s football and the standard over just the last two years has improved immensely. Women’s football is getting better all the time.