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Federation Internationale de Football Association

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Good interim progress FIFA report for venues and stadiums

Very good conditions in the stadiums, enthusiasm already running high at the venues, a unanimously positive assessment from all involved and a great deal of professionalism - thus stated the progress report made by FIFA and the Organising Committee of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup™ after the first joint venue tour for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup and the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.

"We were able to see on site that the German stadiums are very well prepared for the particular demands that a World Cup will make during the forthcoming tournaments," summarised Tatjana Haenni, Head of FIFA's Women's Competitions department. "It is amazing to see the commitment of all those involved to making this first women's World Cup in Germany a real success. FIFA is hoping that Germany 2011 will provide a kick-start to women's football the world over. We are absolutely convinced that the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup will set new standards for the global development of women's football."

"You have to hand it to Germany - they have an incredible variety of stadiums. It is not just the larger ones in the established Bundesliga venues that we all know from 2006 that are in excellent shape, but also the smaller stadiums such as the ones in Augsburg, Dresden or here in the Rhine-Neckar region," said Haenni at the concluding press conference in Sinsheim on Wednesday. "The people who benefit from this the most are the fans who visit these stadiums week in, week out. FIFA is confident that together with the OC, another two wonderful FIFA World Cups will be held that will set new standards for women's football and prove to be a complete success."

"We're pleased with the good interim report, particularly in terms of the venues and stadiums that are our most important partners," added OC President Steffi Jones, who was not going to miss out on either the Frankfurt stadium visit at the beginning of the tour on 23 March or the inspection of the Rhine-Neckar Arena in Sinsheim - the last venue - on 1 April. "It is especially positive that everyone is pulling together for the preparations of this first Women's World Cup in Germany and that this fascinating tournament will also be the result of genuine collaboration. Mayors and club chairmen alike have been proud to present their stadiums and also spoken of their plans for the locations of fan miles and other promotions that are designed to strengthen the status of girls and women's football even further in the region. This impetus means that we can look positively towards the end of the year when we will start selling tickets, with the very attractive Venue Specific Ticket Series."

Along with Tatjana Haenni, who was head of the inspection group, five other FIFA experts from the Marketing, Media Services, Ticketing/Hospitality, Tournament Organisation/Competitions and Accommodation departments took part in the venue tour. The OC team was represented by General Coordinator Ulrich Wolter and heads of department Heike Ullrich (Tournament Organisation), Doris Fitschen (Marketing), Winfried Nass (Cities and Stadiums) and Jens Grittner (Communications).

The stadium tour began on 23 March in Frankfurt and concluded on 1 April with the visit of the Rhine-Neckar Arena in Sinsheim. Other ports of call were the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup venues of Leverkusen, Monchengladbach, Bochum, Wolfsburg, Dresden, Berlin and Augsburg, as well as Bielefeld, where the final of the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup will be held (other tournament venues being Bochum, Augsburg and Dresden). As well as the various stadiums, the delegation also visited the proposed training grounds and team hotels.