Jones returns from Chile
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Steffi Jones, President of the Organising Committee of the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011, returned to Frankfurt on Tuesday evening at the end of her tour of Chile.

Before she left, the 2003 FIFA World Cup-winner trained Chile's U-20 team on the Monday and visited the German embassy as guest of the ambassador, Dr Peter Scholz.

"It is already very impressive how the U-20 Women's World Cup has set off a wave of enthusiasm across Chile," said Jones. "President Michelle Bachelet, whom I was privileged to meet in person, is a real fan of women's football and that reminded me of the support that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has given us for the 2011 World Cup. Getting a tailwind from the highest authorities is incredibly important when it comes to organising a football World Cup."

As part of the reception in the La Moneda governmental palace in Santiago last Friday, the OC President met the Chilean head of state Michelle Bachelet. They chiefly discussed the development of women's football in general and of course the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, being held in the country from 19 November - 7 December 2008.

The former German international presented the Chilean president with an official invitation to the opening match of the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011 - the first of its kind to be given to a foreign head of state. Steffi also took the opportunity to present the president with a German women's jersey with the name Bachelet on the back and the year 2011 as the squad number, along with another jersey for her daughter Francisca.

"It was a great honour for me to be received by Chilean president Bachelet," said the OC President. "What particularly impressed me was her strong commitment and her in-depth knowledge that she is putting to good use for the development of sport in general and women's football in particular. It was therefore a real pleasure for the Organising Committee to invite someone as committed to the furthering of the sport as President Bachelet to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 in Germany."

Other highlights of the OC President's trip were the official opening of the national U-15s tournament in Santiago and a training session for youth players in Temuco in the south of the country, where Jones visited the German Becker stadium - one of the four host venues for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2008.