Huge US interest in Germany 2011

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 OC President Steffi Jones made a presentation on Friday to a rapt audience at the 62nd National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) annual convention in St. Louis, Missouri.

In a presentation entitled "The FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 as a Tool for the Sustainable Development of Women's Football", Jones introduced her audience at the Convention Center’s Ferrara Theater to the Organising Committee’s structures, and the most important projects over the coming year in the fields of organisation, marketing, media, and host city and stadium development. The 60-minute presentation concluded the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup winner’s three-day trip to the USA.

"The Women’s World Cup 2011 in Germany, which has already attracted enormous interest here, is being viewed as an important opportunity to give further impetus to women’s football around the world," the OC President commented after her presentation.

"The Women’s World Cup 2011 in Germany is a unique project, offering an extremely attractive platform for women’s football in every respect. Steffi Jones has shown us that the German FA is working to exploit the momentum generated by the Women’s World Cup over the long term. Steffi is exactly the right person for this project, because she understands the issues facing women’s football, and is a charismatic personality who’s already made a major contribution to our sport," commented Mary Harvey, Chief Operating Officer of the new Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league and former FFC Frankfurt goalkeeper.

The NSCAA annual convention, one of the largest coaching get-togethers in the world with more than 6,000 delegates, took place from 14 to 18 January.