FIFA has always been committed to the values of fair play, and the FIFA Fair Play campaign has gained great importance on the international match calendar in recent years.
Fair play will also be celebrated at the quarter-finals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011 in Bogotá, Cali, Cartagena and Pereira on 13 and 14 August 2011.
On 13 August, the match in Bogotá will be Mexico v. Colombia, and the game in Cartagena will be Portugal v. Argentina. On 14 August, Brazil v. Spain will take place in Pereira, and the game in Cali will be France v. Nigeria.
The captains of the eight teams will read a message in support of fair play and respecting opponents, and the teams will also display a “My Game is Fair Play” banner before the start of the matches.
FIFA and the Local Organising Committee of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011 are proud to dedicate these matches to fair play and are convinced that all players, coaches, officials and fans will play fair, both on and off the pitch, leading by example and showing fairness, impartiality and solidarity in everything they do. So far, the FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia has been an outstanding example of fair play, with the players showing great, fair football on the pitch and the spectators celebrating a football fiesta in the stands.
This year’s official FIFA Fair Play Days will be held during the official match days from 2 to 6 September 2011, and more than 45 member associations have already informed FIFA that they will follow the call and celebrate fair play at the international, league and youth games in their country.