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World Football

FIFA Executive Committee designates France as hosts of 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup

Under the chairmanship of FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, the Executive Committee met today at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich for the first time in its new composition since the 2002 FIFA World Cup™. Attending their first meeting were the recently elected members, A’hongalu Fusimalohi (Tonga) and Junji Ogura (Japan).

In his address, the FIFA President made a strong appeal for unity to the whole executive and called for it to concentrate in unison on the challenges facing football in the coming years. "FIFA’s credibility in all parts of our society can only be regained through a united executive working closely together, based on mutual respect and understanding," stated Joseph S. Blatter.

Reviewing the 2002 FIFA World Cup™, the executive

  • took note of and approved the report on ticketing (see separate media release )

supported the decision by the administration to investigate the referee, Byron Moreno (Ecuador)

was informed in detail of the successful marketing of the event

The following decisions were taken:

  • to comply with the President’s proposal to re-activate the so-called Consultative Committees in accordance with Art. 9 of the FIFA statutes, each composed of two members of FIFA and two representatives from the respective confederation

to designate the French football association as hosts of the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, 18 – 29 June 2003 (see separate article on www.fifa.com)

to hold the 2003 Extraordinary FIFA Congress in Qatar in October (date tbc) and the 2004 Ordinary FIFA Congress in Paris on 20/21 May (FIFA’s centenary)

to start with the bidding process for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, to be held in Africa, by the end of October 2002

to start with the bidding process for the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Championship

to organise a U-19 Women’s World Championship every two years (next in 2004)

Furthermore, the executive was informed of the Finance Committee meeting held earlier that morning. Taking note of the stable financial situation and the fact that the organisation was entirely within the budget for 2002, it ratified

  • a donation of USD 200,000 to the national association of East Timor for future development programmes (tbd)

a donation of USD 100,000 to the national association of Palestine for equipment for clubs

Finally, reports were given on the activities of the confederations, on the first successful FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship held in Canada this summer, on the status of the Olympic Football Tournaments Athens 2004, the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ and the Goal Programme.

"I am very pleased with the positive and respectful atmosphere and constructive work at today's meeting", stated FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter after the four-hour gathering of the executive.

The Executive Committee will continue its meeting on the morning of Tuesday, 24 September, followed by a media conference at 3 pm at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich. Vice-Presidents Lennart Johansson and Dr Chung Mong-Joon were absent from today’s meeting.