A FIFA inspection group has just finished a nine city inspection visit in New Zealand for the 2015 edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup. New Zealand hosted the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1999 and the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2008 and enjoys a good history in hosting FIFA events successfully. Bringing the FIFA U-20 World Cup to sports-loving New Zealand will enhance the image and popularity of the beautiful game in New Zealand.
The group visited Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Wellington and Whangerei and analysed the major components of hosting a FIFA competition including competitions, media, TV, marketing and accommodation. The FIFA group was warmly welcomed by the host cities, stadiums, training site and accommodation authorities on intensive day-long visits in each city. FIFA and the LOC will discuss in upcoming meetings about the readiness and suitability of the stadiums and host cities, the need for overlay to meet the FIFA requirements and financial implications.
The inspection group had several meetings with the Local Organising Committee, chaired by Bill Moran, and also met with members of the newly established World Cup Office which has been created by the New Zealand government to oversee the Cricket World Cup and the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2015.