The Official Draw for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 today determined that the Canadian hosts will face off against Chile in the official opening match of the competition at the brand-new National Soccer Stadium at Exhibition Place in Toronto on 1 July. An impressive array of mouth-watering matches were revealed when the 24 qualified teams were divided into the six following groups:
Group A: Canada, Chile, Congo, Austria
Group B: Spain, Uruguay, Jordan, Zambia
Group C: Portugal, New Zealand, Gambia, Mexico
Group D: Poland, Brazil, Korea Republic, USA
Group E: Argentina, Czech Republic, Korea DPR, Panama
Group F: Japan, Scotland, Nigeria, Costa Rica
"The Official Draw is always an exciting time, as the true shape of the competition is revealed and the real drama begins," said FIFA vice-president and chairman of the Organising Committee Jack Warner. "We wish all the best to all of the teams because not only do they represent the pride and promise of individual nations, they are symbols of something greater - the power of the beautiful game as a beacon of hope and understanding."
FIFA praises the Federal Government of Canada
On the occasion of the Official Draw, the Honourable Helena Guergis, Canada's Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Sport, announced that the Federal Government had decided to provide a grant of CAN $4.2 million to support the Canadian Soccer Association's efforts to host the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Chairman Warner received this news with great pleasure and
praised the government's active support of the competition.
"On behalf of FIFA, I would like to express our gratitude to
the Federal Government and applaud their decision to make such a
generous contribution to the FIFA
U-20 World Cup," he said. "Governmental support is an essential component in the success of a competition of this magnitude, and this gesture clearly demonstrates that the country's leadership is fully behind the event, which will no doubt help ensure its success."
The competition, which runs from 30 June to 22 July, will take place in the six Canadian cities of Victoria, Burnaby, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. For complete competition details, including the match schedule, updated team profiles, host country information, qualification information, previous competition results and more, visit the official website of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 on FIFA.com .