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The Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup™ convened at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on 19 March 2013. During the meeting, it was agreed that the committee’s responsibilities should be extended to also cover decisions related to the preparations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.
“Considering that we have three FIFA World Cups in simultaneous preparation, it was necessary to extend this FIFA decision forum to cover not only the 2014 event but also the next two events,” explained FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, who opened the meeting, underlined his confidence in the strength of the unity forged in recent months by FIFA, the LOC and the Brazilian authorities to stage two great football festivals in June 2013 and June/July 2014.
The Local Organising Committee, led by President José Maria Marin and CEO Ricardo Trade, provided the committee – which includes the entire FIFA Executive Committee – with a comprehensive update on the preparations.
It was also confirmed that the Final Draw for the Brazil 2014 will take place at Costa do Sauipe in Bahia at 13.00 local time (17.00 CET) on 6 December 2013.
Next week will see a further 84 qualifying matches take place from 22-26 March in all six confederations. So far, 476 qualifying matches have been played with another 344 to be completed before the final line-up of 32 teams is known.
The meeting also included the draw for the AFC qualifiers, with the third-placed team in Group B set to face its counterpart from Group A at home on 6 September. The return match will take place on 10 September.
The chairman of the FIFA Medical Committee Michel D’Hooghe provided a positive report on the preparations for the medical services at the FIFA Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup for all parties, ranging from the teams to the spectators, and also including the plans that will be put in place for major emergencies.
As a first decision on the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the organising committee also approved a proposal from the Russia 2018 LOC that the Preliminary Draw take place in Saint Petersburg on either 24 or 25 July 2015.
Following the meeting, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke met Brazil’s Sports Minister, Aldo Rebelo.