If the organisers of Colombia 2011 have stressed one thing prior to the big kick-off, it is their desire to deliver the best FIFA U-20 World Cup in in history. As FIFA.com never likes to be accused of not rising to the occasion, we plan to offer you unrivalled, high-quality coverage of the event that you can access for the duration of the tournament.
Our editorial team has travelled to South America to bring you all the news and views from these stars of tomorrow. Having read our interviews with them in the run-up, you can now get to know them a bit better as the opening match approaches. Key figures reveal their first impressions and overall expectations, as well as, according to Colombia coach Eduardo Lara, a burning desire to still be involved on 20 August, when the final will unfold.
But that’s not all: with our unique MatchCast tool, you can follow all the action live from the comfort of your computer, while awaiting the match report and video highlights showcasing the best players at the competition. It goes without saying that all of these services are offered free of charge.
Numbers, tickets and more
Number-crunchers will love our statistics section, set to launch as the first few matches get underway. You can lose yourself in a dizzying array of figures, which will be updated immediately throughout Colombia 2011.
Maintaining the theme of numbers, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) has announced that an impressive 800,000 tickets have been sold in advance. If you still fancy taking in a FIFA U-20 World Cup game, you’ve come to the right place. Our ticketing page allows you to purchase your seats in a simple, straightforward manner and be part of the global fiesta.
But don’t worry if you can’t get to Colombia: with all the best photos made available to you instantly on FIFA.com, it’ll seem like you’re at the stadium anyway, soaking up the colourful atmosphere, joining in the festivities and cheering on the teams.
And there’s more: detailed information about each of the eight host cities, profiles of every competing team, and the official tournament regulations, should you have any doubts about anything technical. There are a whole assortment of exciting options at your disposal to help you get the most out of Colombia 2011. So, what are you waiting for?