Representatives of football’s world governing body FIFA and the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 Organising Committee (OC) have embarked on their joint inspection tour of the nine tournament venues. On Monday 23 March, the delegation visited Frankfurt am Main. Germany will play a group stage fixture in Frankfurt on 30 June 2011, and the final will be staged at the same stadium on 17 July, as per the official FIFA Women’s World Cup match schedule, endorsed by FIFA in Zurich last Friday. The FIFA and OC delegation was welcomed to Frankfurt by city councillor Ulrich Caspar.
“We’re confident and well-prepared," commented Steffi Jones, President of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Organising Committee. "FIFA will inspect outstanding facilities, and very little with which to find fault. I’m certain that not only Frankfurt but all the other cities will fulfil the requirements for spectators and the media."
The FIFA delegation is led by Tatjana Haenni, head of the FIFA Women’s competitions section. The OC delegation comprises President Steffi Jones, general co-ordinator Ulrich Wolter, and department heads Heike Ullrich (tournament organisation), Doris Fitschen (marketing), Winfried Nass (cities and stadiums) and Jens Grittner (media and communication). Appropriate local representatives and experts will be on hand at each venue.
“We intend the World Cup in Germany to act as a signal for other countries where the women’s game is not yet as well developed,” commented Haenni.
The focus of the inspection tour, which continues until 1 April, will be coordinating the space and facilities to be set aside for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, including media centres, broadcast technology, accreditation centres, security, transportation and ticket offices. The facilities required by FIFA for the global tournament often significantly exceed arrangements for normal matchday operations.