The first FIFA/Local Organising Committee (LOC) Management Board meeting for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ took place today at the Home of FIFA in Zurich.

“This board meeting is an important forum for the preparation of the FIFA Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup, which will be our main focus for the next three years. It is very good to see the commitment and progress made by the Local Organising Committee,” said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, who opened the inaugural session.

It is very good to see the commitment and progress made by the Local Organising Committee.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter

The board consists of representatives of the senior management of FIFA and the LOC, led by LOC President Ricardo Teixeira and FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.

The focus of the board is on operational aspects of the preparation of the tournaments and other competition-related events such as the Preliminary Draw on 30 July 2011. The board will meet every two to three months.

“With the São Paulo stadium contract finalised and all FIFA World Cup stadiums now confirmed, we can focus on the operational aspects of the tournament preparations with special attention to our first major event on Brazilian soil – the Preliminary Draw in less than four months,” explained the LOC President at the conclusion of the first board session.