Successful inspection visit to Chile

Between 15 and 24 October, a FIFA delegation visited the host venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015, with the aim of supporting the work being carried out by the Local Organising Committee along with the eight venues that will form part of this competition.

The delegation, led by Rafael Salguero, Chairman of the Organising Committee for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, FIFA's Director of Competition for this event Tracy Lu, and Carlos Honorato, Executive Director of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), were able to see at first hand the progress made at each venue and check on the planning of all the items needed for the event to be a success.

“This is my third visit to Chile in its preparation for the FIFA U-17 World Cup,” Salguero said. "The presence of the mayors and government representatives on all the visits we have carried out is proof of the commitment on behalf of all the parties involved in making this a great World Cup. That enthusiasm and motivation gives me confidence that we'll do a great job over the coming months and repeat the success of previous FIFA tournaments in Chile."

The team visited eight venues in eight days, covering close to 1,500 kilometres between the two most distant locations, La Serena and Puerto Montt, while also stopping off in Coquimbo, Vina del Mar, Santiago, Talca, Chillan and Concepcion. That allowed the delegates to experience the diversity in climate which will be a feature of the championship: from desert regions with attractive beaches in the north, to valleys and rich agricultural zones in the centre and endless forests and lakes in the south.

Pleasing progress The FIFA delegation was completed by the respective managers in the areas of competition, media, marketing, security, energy, television and accommodation, who carried out checks on the stadium works and training pitches, as well as examining the logistics for hotels along with their national and regional counterparts. The aim: to agree together the adjustments necessary so that the participating delegations and the spectators, television viewers and event managers are as comfortable as possible during the World Cup.

“We're very happy with the progress we've seen in the regions. One year from the tournament, the collective work we're carrying out with FIFA, the venues with their municipal teams and the regional governments makes us ever more convinced that we will organise an excellent World Cup,” Honorato said.

The U-17 World Cup is one of the most important events in the FIFA calendar, with 504 of the best players in that age group from across the planet represented in the competition. The showpiece event will present football’s future stars live to 192 countries, with 5,800 hours of television broadcast and almost 200 million viewers.

The LOC is working hard to ensure all of the regional venues feel part of the experience of staging a football World Cup. Therefore, plans have also been drawn up to make the competition more accessible to small areas of underprivileged districts. The challenge is to host a tournament that anyone can attend if they so wish, creating a World Cup that is true to its slogan: 'A party on our own pitch'.