With 618 days to go before the start of the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011™, the presidents of the Organising Committee's nine regional venue offices met up for the first time in Frankfurt on Friday. Accompanied by the vice-president of the German Football Association (DFB) Hannelore Ratzeburg and the organisation's General Secretary Wolfgang Niersbach, OC President Steffi Jones and General Coordinator Ulrich Wolter informed the presidents of the work that has already been carried out in organising the first FIFA Women's World Cup to be held in Germany. They also told the regional heads what still needs to be done.
"The sale of tickets, which begins on 29 October, is obviously one of the areas in which we have been working especially hard," Jones explained. "Together we are going to do everything we can to ensure that the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 is as much of a success as the 2006 World Cup.
"Atmosphere is very important in our opinion and we want to see full stadiums. Our hope is that enthusiasm for the women's game will spread from the nation's football grounds to the rest of the world, and unlike 2006, which had a huge international impact right from the start, we want to generate interest in the Women's World Cup among local people first of all. The heads of our regional offices are going to be operating on the ground, working as team leaders mobilising and coordinating all available resources to help us reach our objectives."
The presidents of the nine OC venue offices are as follows:
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Berlin: Bernd Schultz, Berlin Football Association
Frankfurt: Rolf Hocke, Hessen Football Association
Leverkusen: Alfred Vianden, Middle Rhine Football Association
Monchengladbach: Walter Hutzen, Lower Rhine Football Association
Sinsheim: Ronny Zimmermann, Baden Football Association
Wolfsburg: Karl Rothmund, Lower Saxony Football Association
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Augsburg: Dr Rainer Koch, Bavarian Football Association
Bochum: Hermann Korfmacher, Westphalia Football and Athletics Association
Dresden: Klaus Reichenbach, Saxony Football Association
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Bielefeld: Hermann Korfmacher, Westphalia Football and Athletics Association