The FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup is set to kick off in just a year's time, in Bochum on 13 July 2010 to be precise. The passion and excitement stirred by the high-class international clashes at the competition's four venues - Augsburg, Bochum, Dresden and Bielefeld, where the final will be held - will help to keep momentum going all the way through to the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011™.
For FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, the U-20 showpiece will serve as a taster for the following year's main event. "FIFA and the German Football Association wanted to hold this competition a year before the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 to help fans get into the spirit of the event," said the President of world football's governing body. "Given the quality of football that will be on offer, the U-20 national teams will be capable of attracting very large crowds. This tournament will therefore act as an appetiser."
"The U-20 Women's World Cup is genuinely a very exciting tournament. Spectators will have the opportunity to discover talented players for the future in some magnificent stadiums," said Organising Committee President Steffi Jones. "Some of the players at the 2010 event will be back the following year. And on the other hand, the four venues will have the opportunity to host some thrilling encounters."
The last edition of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, held in Chile 2008, was successful both in terms of large crowds and the extensive media coverage. The 32 matches attracted a total of 351,309 fans at an average of nearly 11,000 per game.
There are 16 places in the U-20 Women's World Cup 2010, allotted to the confederations as follows:
AFC (Asia) 3 teams
CAF (Africa) 2 teams
CONCACAF (North and Central America and the Caribbean) 3 teams CONMEBOL (South America) 2 teams
UEFA (Europe) 4 teams + the host nation Germany
OFC (Oceania) 1 team
Franz Beckenbauer, chairman of the Organising Committee for the FIFA U-20 and U-17 Women's World Cups, is of course a prestigious ambassador for the competition.
Tickets for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup are expected to be available for purchase from March 2010 onwards.