FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter heads a long list of VIP guests set to attend the Official Draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™ at the Frankfurt Congress Center on 29 November 2010. The draw assistants will be goalkeeping legend Oliver Kahn and top model and women’s football ambassador Adriana Karembeu, who will draw the 16 participating nations into four groups, which will in turn determine the match schedule and thus the team to play holders and hosts Germany in the opening match at Berlin’s Olympic stadium on 26 June 2011.
Sven Voss will present national TV station ZDF’s live coverage of the draw from 19.25 until 20.15. FIFA’s Head of Women’s Competitions, Tatjana Haenni, will supervise the draw, and the entertainment will be provided by famous German band Wir sind Helden.
LOC President Steffi Jones expects more than 600 people at the Congress Center, including FIFA Executive Committee member and chairman of the FIFA Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women's World Cup™ Worawi Makudi, Minister President of Hesse Volker Bouffier, Mayor of Frankfurt Petra Roth, German FA (DFB) President Dr Theo Zwanziger, DFB General Secretary Wolfgang Niersbach, representatives of the nine host cities and all 16 qualified teams. The Frankfurt event will be covered by more than 200 accredited media representatives from around the world, and TV coverage will be shown in more than 200 countries.
“The draw marks the countdown to the kick-off of the Women’s World Cup. We will soon know which teams will be facing each other, and the motivation to do well in the tournament will start to grow. We are now all eager to discover what exciting matches the draw will bring,” said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.
“The official draw is an absolute highlight on the road to the World Cup in 2011, and a major challenge for the Local Organising Committee. Naturally, we want the event to go off without a hitch, but we also want to show that we’re welcoming hosts, laying down a marker for the atmosphere we want to create at the first FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany,” commented LOC President Steffi Jones.
The official team workshop will take place the day after the draw. Representatives of the 16 participating nations will hear a detailed LOC report on the current state of preparations, after which the national delegations will visit their assigned host cities.
Two stars on show – the celebrities making the draw
Oliver Kahn (born in Karlsruhe on 15 June 1969): The former Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper, who earned 86 caps between 1995 and 2006 and was named as the best player at the 2002 FIFA World Cup™, is a living legend of the global game. With Bayern, Kahn won eight times the German championship, six times the German Cup, as well as the UEFA Champions League in 2001. After 557 Bundesliga appearances for Karlsruhe and Bayern, he played his final match in September 2008. A FIFA World Cup™ runner-up in 2002, he now works as a studio analyst for ZDF.
Adriana Karembeu (born in Brezno, Slovakia on 17 September 1971): The Slovak supermodel has been an ambassador for French women’s football since 2010. In December 2005, Adriana Karembeu was a VIP guest of the LOC at the Final Draw for the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Leipzig. Her husband, Christian Karembeu, whose clubs included Sampdoria and Real Madrid, was a 1998 FIFA World Cup™ winner with France.
The 16 participating nations:
• Korea DPR
• Equatorial Guinea
North and Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF):
• New Zealand
South America (CONMEBOL)
Germany (host nation)
The final place will go to the winner of a two-legged play-off between the USA (third in CONCACAF qualifying) and Italy (fifth in UEFA qualifying). USA won the first leg on 20 November 1-0 and the return is on 27 November 2010.
The draw will be streamed live on FIFA.com and is available worldwide, except for USA and Germany.