"We want to stage the best Women's World Cup of all time," said Ulrich Wolter during a visit to FIFA in Zurich on 16 March. The Organising Committee (OC) general coordinator for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™ spent several hours at the Home of FIFA, bringing the FIFA Committee for Women's Football and the FIFA Women's World Cup up to date on the current state of preparations, and discussing the immediate next steps.
Addressing the key FIFA committee, chaired by Worawi Makudi (Thailand) and also including Franz Beckenbauer, head of the FIFA Organising Committee for the FIFA U-20 and U-17 Women's World Cup, Wolter presented a comprehensive overview of the plans and structure formulated by the German OC. He also outlined the key projects for the next two and a half years in the areas of organisation, marketing, media, and cities and stadiums.
The 18-member women's football committee also numbers OC President Steffi Jones and German FA (DFB) vice-president Hannelore Ratzeburg among its members.
"If we are to achieve our ambitious targets, it's vital we work closely together with the appropriate FIFA committees," said Wolter. "Obviously, it's very helpful to have high-ranking DFB representatives Steffi Jones and Hannelore Ratzeburg on the FIFA women's football committee. We're also fortunate to have Franz Beckenbauer, our Organising Committee's head of tournament organisation Heike Ullrich, and Hannelore Ratzeburg in regular attendance at meetings of the Organising Committee for the FIFA U-20 and U-17 Women's World Cup."
FIFA committees are responsible for important decisions regarding tournament organisation and the development of the sport. Such decisions are forwarded for ratification by the Executive Committee of world football's governing body.