On Thursday 3 March 2011 at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, the FIFA Executive Committee selected host nations for various FIFA tournaments set to take place in the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2012 was awarded to Uzbekistan, the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013 to Turkey, the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2013 to the United Arab Emirates, the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 to Costa Rica, the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 to Chile, and the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 to New Zealand, while both the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2014 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 went to Canada.
Representatives of some of the newly designated host nations were present in Zurich, where they spoke to FIFA.com after the announcements.
Dominique Maestracci, President of the Canadian Soccer Association
“We’re honoured to have been chosen to organise the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015, a decision that we humbly and proudly accept. It’s the most prestigious women’s sporting event in the world. The socio-cultural make-up of our nation will enable us to provide the best possible welcome for the 24 countries that qualify. We’re experienced in hosting large events such as this one, and with the support of our national and federal governments, we’re well prepared. We aim to deliver a World Cup of the highest quality. I promise you that 2015 will take the event to a whole new level.”
Lutfi Aribogan, General Secretary of the Turkish Football Association
“The FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013 is simply the biggest sporting event that Turkey will ever have hosted. We received support from the entire country, from government ministries to candidate cities. We hope to lay on a top-level competition that no-one will forget. It will demonstrate to our nation’s youth that there is a place for everyone, irrespective of gender, skin colour or age. Visitors will discover a Turkey that is rich in history and open to different cultures.”
Saeed Hussain, Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates Football Association
“We’re delighted and honoured to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2013. This tournament will give us the chance to show the world the passion that the UAE has for the sport of football.”
Sergio Jadue, President of the Chilean Football Association
“It is truly a great honour for us to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015. We’ve proved our ability to organise large FIFA events in the past, such as the World Cup in 1962, the U-20 World Cup in 1987 and the Women’s U-20 World Cup in 2008. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our government – and in particular the Ministry for Sport – for their support. This success is the consequence of some sterling work back home.”
Eduardo Li, President of the Costa Rican Football Association
“We’re delighted to have been chosen to organise the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014. It’s a large-scale project that will help to develop the women’s game in Costa Rica and across Central America – I’m convinced of that. I particularly need to thank those that backed our bid, such as our nation’s President, and all the different sporting bodies in our country.”