CNN and New York Times interview Steffi Jones
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Early in the morning, the OC president was on the spot in the New York studios of CNN at the Time Warner Center to give a live interview for CNN World Sport. During the conversation with a presenter who was linked up live from Atlanta, the OC president underlined her main aims in terms of the organisation of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011, namely to make it an exciting event that will promote women's sport in general and give it more recognition on a global basis.

As far as women's football is concerned, the tournament in Germany will be a veritable quantum leap. "Over half a million tickets have already been snapped up, which speaks volumes for the enthusiasm and the levels of respect for the world's top teams who will be coming to Germany. We are creating an enormous stage where the players will be in the spotlight. The images that will be broadcast all around the world this summer will contribute to more and more girls and women catching the football bug. The language of football is an international one that can be understood the world over, regardless of gender, religion or background. I believe that the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 will give us an incredible opportunity to prove how much of an integrating force football really is," said Jones in fluent English to viewers around the world, with CNN International broadcasting to 260 million households in 200 countries.

Jones later moved on to the legendary New York Times offices on Manhattan's 8th Avenue, to answer questions about the rapid rise of women's football both in Germany and around the world from three top football journalists from the famous daily newspaper. "Both the USA and Germany have to set an example when it comes to women's football. The USA has already managed to develop stars in women's football – they are incredibly important in terms of the identification of the sport in general and need to be at the forefront. This process is just beginning in Germany, and I am sure that the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 will throw up a few new stars," said the OC president, who played in Washington in the US professional league from 2002 – 2003 alongside that icon of women's football Mia Hamm.

Both the USA and Germany have to set an example when it comes to women's football.
Steffi Jones to the New York Times


Jones also took part in the FIFA Women's World Cups in 1999 and 2003, which were both held in USA. "Those were some of the real highlights of my career," she added, "and they also helped me develop a lot as a person. I also have US citizenship and I feel very much at home here."

After the New York Times and CNN, Jones also had interviews on Friday with USA Today, the best-selling daily newspaper in the country, and with the international Associated Press (AP) agency. "One of the aims of our Welcome Tour around the countries that have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup obviously involves responding to media demands. I have been really impressed by the extent that the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 in Germany open doors over here as well and I am delighted to take any opportunity to promote women's football, the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 and Germany as a FIFA World Cup host," Jones said.

At the end of this veritable interview marathon, Jones went to open a girls' football tournament in the Harlem area of New York, organised by the German consulate in New York and the US professional women's club Sky Blue. The OC president has also been invited by the national association, US Soccer, to the Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey on Saturday as guest of honour at the men's international between USA and Argentina. After that, the OC delegation will head on to the US capital Washington, where a "Welcome USA" event will be held on Monday in the residence of the German ambassador Dr Klaus Scharioth, with 200 guests in attendance.