The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Germany 2010 is well beyond the half-way stage. Tomorrow the quarter-finals get underway, representing the business end of the tournament not only for the German women’s U-20 team but also for FIFA and the Local Organising Committee, who are quietly confident and optimistic ahead of the remaining matches.
“We’ve had a fantastic tournament so far, and one that has lived up to its World Cup billing in every respect," said LOC president Steffi Jones. "We’ve had games full of goals and attractive football, an incredible atmosphere, and above all a great response from the fans, making this World Cup a real festival of women’s football."
The statistics bear this opinion out. Thus far, 79 goals were scored in 24 tournament matches, giving an average of 3.29 per game. Besides, 136,423 spectators have attended the twelve double-headers in Augsburg, Bielefeld, Bochum and Dresden, treating the various teams taking part to a real FIFA World Cup atmosphere. An average of 11,369 fans have cheered on the cream of women’s youth football at every match.
“It was our goal to have great attendances, though this incredible result exceeds our expectations," continued Jones. "It’s amazing to realise that we had some group matches without the German team with about 18,000 people in the stands. Such figures are a great sign ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011."
For the overall tournament including the remaining matches, more than 200,000 tickets have currently been sold, and it can be assumed that the rest of the event will continue to be well attended. For the matches in the forthcoming knockout phase, including the game between Germany and Korea DPR, the LOC expects crowds of over 10,000 fans for each match. A large amount of ticket requests have been received for the third-place match and the final that will be staged on 1 August in Bielefeld.
The games involving Germany have been particularly well attended. The opening match – an impressive 4-2 win over Costa Rica which saw all 23,995 tickets for the stadium in Bochum snapped up – was followed by an equally exciting 3-1 victory over Colombia in the same stadium in front of 15,545 fans. The final group match, a 4-1 reverse of France, was witnessed by no fewer than 26,273 fans spectators in Augsburg - another full house.
With 24 of the 32 matches having been played now, the LOC President was able to draw some early conclusions about the tournament and was highly satisfied with how things have gone thus far. “We’ve done a lot of things right from an organisational point of view,” Jones commented. “The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup has been a real joint effort and the support we have had from the cities, regions and regional federations has been fantastic.
"Everything has clicked into place and the way things are being implemented on-site is near perfect. There’s plenty more enjoyment to come from this tournament, and all the experience we are gaining means that we can look forward to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 with real optimism.”