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Federation Internationale de Football Association

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Volunteers guarantee smooth start to FIFA Women's World Cup

The Volunteer team for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™ comprises 3,000 helpers from 48 different nations. Their number includes a pensioner from Passau, a clutch of Latin Americans from the football hotbeds of Brazil, Argentina and Mexico, and a vet from Bangkok, all helping to add cosmopolitan colour to the festival of the women's game.

There are seasoned volunteers with experience from the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany, and 'permanent volunteers' whose special skills have been deployed at a variety of major sports events over the years. The biggest strength of the Volunteer programme is its diversity, accurately reflecting the wider community as a whole.

Volunteers are assigned to many areas of responsibility, including accreditation, media, transport and traffic, IT and telecommunications, fan and visitor services, tournament organisation, logistics and ticketing.

"The smooth, problem-free start to the tournament is largely due to the tireless efforts of the unpaid helpers. The Volunteers' big-hearted determination is incredibly impressive," commented Local Organising Committee (LOC) President Steffi Jones.

The team represents a broad cross-section of society: 51 per cent of the Volunteers are female, with 1,350 aged younger than 30, although the total also includes 230 retired people. The Volunteers are well-prepared to serve visitors from all over the world, thanks to the wide range of language skills on offer. All in all, the team speaks 42 languages, including Hindi, Indonesian and Pashto.

Commerzbank, the Official Supporter of the Volunteer programme, focused its contribution on recruitment and training.

"Sport in particular thrives on passion and unpaid help. The Volunteers' exceptional efforts accurately reflect Commerzbank's values of partnership and service. I wish to pay tribute to every individual for his or her contribution to the success of the FIFA Women's World Cup," commented Karsten Petry, Head of Corporate Sponsoring at Commerzbank.