DFB ExCo in Berlin – Number of venues for 2011 still open

The official announcement of the host cities for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 will take place in the presence of German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel at 15.10 CET on Tuesday 30 September 2008 at the Chancellery in Berlin. Before then, FIFA and the German FA (DFB) will finalise the exact number of venues to be used for the first FIFA Women’s World Cup on German soil. Five venues were used for the 2007 finals in China PR, and six for the 2003 event in the USA.

"We received 11 outstanding and correctly submitted applications. Our stated goal is to bring the World Cup to the entire country. Although we want to name as many venues as possible, we will not be able to incorporate all eleven candidate cities, as this would not be economically viable. Also, where there were 64 matches in 2006, we only have 32 matches in 2011," explained DFB General Secretary Wolfgang Niersbach. The DFB Executive Committee convenes on Monday specifically to select the host cities for the tournament. "We face an extremely tough decision," Niersbach commented.

The Committee will also review the budget for the 2011 finals. "We estimate expenditure of between 50 and 55 million Euro, to be covered entirely from just two sources of revenue – ticket receipts and National Supporter licence fees. In contrast to practically all other major international events, the OC is not asking for any public subsidy, which was also the case for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. In 2011, the DFB will once again bear the full financial risk," Niersbach explained.

Initial budget forecasts were substantially higher than the sum now under discussion, but far-reaching campaigns and long-term development programmes for girls’ and women’s football will now be financed directly by the DFB.