Wednesday proved a busy day in the ongoing preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. As well as the unveiling of the tournament’s Official Poster in Rio de Janeiro, along with the six Brazil 2014 Ambassadors, the second version of the National Team Training Centres (CTSs) catalogue was also presented, an important step forward in the organisation of the biggest event in world football. The document lists 70 approved training centres in all, six more than required by FIFA.
The CTSs are the bases at which the 32 national teams competing at the world finals will stay during the tournament, and comprise a training complex and official hotel. The locations selected all meet essential requirements such as proximity to an airport large enough to accommodate medium-sized aircraft, and proximity between the training centre and a hotel with 55 exclusive rooms.
“We received 354 applications from across every state in Brazil in the three application windows we’ve had open so far. That was always our objective: to take the FIFA World Cup to the entire country,” said Frederico Nantes, the Competitions and Team Services General Manager of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Organising Committee (LOC). “We’ve achieved that goal, having exceeded the minimum number of 64 CTSs stipulated by FIFA.”
The fourth and final application window closes in May and the definitive CTSs catalogue will be published in November. There is no limit to the number of CTSs that can be situated in a single city or state, and the only factor that is taken into account is the quality of the centres. As a result there may be some cities with more than one CTS and others with none.
As Nantes went on to say, he is expecting the number of approved CTSs to increase between now and November: “We are working towards getting 80 approved locations. That has always been our target and we feel it’s a viable number.”