Countdown 2011: Only a year to go!
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OC President Steffi Jones has promised fans a fascinating summer next year as Germany gets ready to host its first ever FIFA Women's World Cup™.

"In terms of organisation we're right on track and we've got through a great deal of work in the last two years. 250,000 tickets sold gives an indication as to how much enthusiasm there is for the tournament already. As soon as the FIFA World Cup ends in South Africa, plenty of fans will be turning their attentions to Germany," said the OC President.

Since the OC was formed in January 2008, Steffi Jones has attended around 700 events and visited no less than thirteen nations - Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, USA, Trinidad and Tobago, Finland, Austria, Portugal, South Africa, Switzerland, China PR and New Zealand - promoting the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 and women’s football on all five continents.

Some of the milestones reached over the past twelve months include the presentation of the official 'Arena Deutschland' emblem and the 'THE BEAUTIFUL SIDE OF 20ELEVEN!’ slogan. Furthermore, the nine host cities and the 'Magnificent 11' - a team of 11 well-known German personalities - were presented at the Federal Chancellery. Between May 2008 and March 2010, agreements were reached with the six national sponsors. Furthermore, the OC began the first ticket sales phase in October 2009, as well as introducing their national and international ambassadors. On the sporting side of things, the women's international match between Germany and Brazil in April 2008 drew a European record crowd of 45,000 to the Frankfurt Arena.

The OC still has a number of important tasks to complete before the tournament kicks off in Berlin's Olympiastadion on 26 June 2011, including the start of the individual ticket sales phase on 15 September and the draw for the finals on 29 November in Frankfurt am Main.

As well as hosts Germany, the likes of Australia, Korea DPR and Japan have already secured their tickets to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011. On 27 November, two days before the draw for the finals, the qualification process will be complete and the full list of 16 competing nations will be confirmed.

"I can’t wait for the tournament to start. The 2011 Women's World Cup isn't just going to be a great tournament, but also a big step in the further development of women's football. I'm already convinced that our fans will never forget the summer of 2011," said Steffi Jones.

The FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 takes place between 26 June and 17 July 2011 in the host cities of Augsburg, Berlin, Bochum, Dresden, Frankfurt, Leverkusen, Monchengladbach, Sinsheim and Wolfsburg. The final will be played at the Frankfurt Arena.