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500 days to go: New challenges ahead for the OC

The official opening of the Organising Committee (OC) satellite office in Bochum on Thursday 11 February marks yet another milestone on the road to the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011, with just 500 days remaining until the Opening Match kicks off on 26 June next year in Berlin.

"We're very proud to say that we're on track with all our plans and we're even ahead of schedule in several areas. That said, we can't afford to sit back and relax just yet - there's still plenty of fine-tuning to be done," said OC President Steffi Jones.

The completion of the nine FIFA Women’s World Cup Arenas, the sale of over 200,000 tickets and the announcement of a sixth national supplier, not to mention the rising anticipation levels in the host cities, are just a few of the targets the OC has achieved over the past few months.

"The central theme of the next few weeks and months will be the U-20 Women's World Cup which takes place between 13 July and 1 August in the host cities of Bochum, Bielefeld, Augsburg and Dresden. It's going to be a wonderful sporting event and an important dress rehearsal for 2011," said General Coordinator Ulrich Wolter. "We'll all be under the microscope once the draw for the finals takes place on 29 November in Frankfurt, so we can't afford take our eyes off the ball."

Steffi Jones, meanwhile, remains confident that the OC will come through all challenges ahead with flying colours: "In terms of size, atmosphere and interest, I'm convinced that the Women's World Cup 2011 can produce a similar response to the men's World Cup four years ago. I'm glad to be part of such a fantastic team which works extremely hard and is determined to make 2011 an historic year for women's football."