The Official Emblem of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup was unveiled in Bielefeld today (Thursday) in the presence of many famous faces from the world of sport. The President of the Local Organising Committee, Steffi Jones, was joined at the event by the Lord Mayor of Bielefeld, Eberhard David, and the coach of the German U-20 women's team, Maren Meinert. The emblem, which was revealed by the German Football Association's Vice-President for Women's Football, Hannelore Ratzeburg, and Steffi Jones, encapsulates the dynamic energy of women's football as it depicts refined technique, the joy of attacking play and the excitement of football.
The Official Emblem shows a woman flying through the air and volleying the ball into the back of the net. The energetic pose is a direct reference to the youthful and talented players who personify the dynamism of the women's game. The host nation, Germany, is also represented with the colours of the country's flag in the background.
"This emblem stands for the positive atmosphere, dynamism and excitement surrounding the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. We are delighted to be hosting this thrilling tournament with the world's best shooting stars a year ahead of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011," says Steffi Jones, the President of the Local Organising Committee.
The FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup will get under way in Germany on 13 July 2010, with the best young players in the women's game on show in Augsburg, Bielefeld, Bochum and Dresden for three weeks. The final will be played in Bielefeld on 1 August.
Sixteen teams will be doing battle, for the fifth time, for one of the main trophies in the women's game. England, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Korea DPR and Korea Republic have all already qualified for the final competition. Germany, who lifted the trophy at the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand in 2004, have qualified automatically as hosts but they can certainly expect some tough competition next year.
"Women's football has become more and more attractive in recent years. We are now seeing women's football of the highest quality in the stadiums, and we are also expecting to see the stars of tomorrow at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany," says Tatjana Haenni, Head of Women's Competitions at FIFA. "The significance of this tournament increases with each passing edition. Extraordinary talents such as Brazil's Marta, China's Ma Xiaoxu and Germany's Kim Kulig, to name but a few, all made their breakthrough at previous editions of this event."
The Official Emblem was unveiled at the same time as the launch of the official tournament website, www.FIFA.com/germany2010 Visit the website for profiles of the host nation and the stadiums, to check out the match schedule and to find more information on the qualifying format.