FIFA U-20 Women's WC Chile 2008

FIFA U-20 Women's WC Chile 2008

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2008

Blazer: Chile have been first-class hosts

Jerome Valcke, Chuck Blazer and Harold Mayne-Nicholls
© Foto-net brings you the highlights of the press conference held in Santiago after the meeting of the FIFA Organising Committee for the U-20 and U-17 Women's World Cups.

Jerome Valcke, FIFA Secretary General
"I've not been able to see much of Chile, apart from the defeat for my team [France in the semi-final] in Temuco, but the impression I've got is that it has been an organisational success. FIFA tournaments cannot succeed without the support of the local committee, so I'd like to thank Chile as a whole, which has met all the necessary requirements for a U-20 women's competition. [Could they host] future events? We'll have to analyse that decision closer to the time, but I've got the feeling that there is potential here."

Chuck Blazer, President of the FIFA Organising Committee for the U-20 and U-17 Women's World Cups
"I'm very pleased because this tournament has been a success. I followed the course of the preparations and I'm impressed by the progress made and happy to see the excellent infrastructure that will serve as a legacy for the future. All the objectives set have been exceeded. The teams' performances, the stadiums and the fans' behaviour have all been magnificent. I'm very grateful both to Harold [Mayne-Nicholls] and the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, for their commitment and support, not just for this tournament but for football in general, in the shape of the stadium redevelopment work.

I think that Chile is excellently placed to face new challenges head on, be they in the men's or women's game. The fans, the people on the local committee, the media coverage, the infrastructure, the hotels, the hospitality - everything has been of the first order. Chile has proven its ability to be a first-class host nation and one fit to be considered for any FIFA competition.

A lot has been invested in women's football and has been invested well, and there you have the legacy for the future. They have development programmes in place and can be proud of an investment that has well made, one that was only made possible by both the commitment of the [Chilean Professional Football] Association and the arrival of this World Cup. What has been achieved is good for women's football as well as for the role of women in society."

Harold Mayne-Nicholls, President of the Chilean Professional Football Association (ANFP)
"I would like to express my gratitude to FIFA for giving us the responsibility of hosting this tournament. After two years of hard work, we're very pleased with what has been achieved. We have faith that this is the start of an even more ambitious project that may enable us to bring the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 to Chile. We want to promote the women's U-18 league and prepare the senior squad to earn a place at Germany 2011. This tournament has enabled us to prove that here in Chile there is room for women to get involved in the footballing family.

We had various objectives and they've all been reached. In the first place, the infrastructure has been improved. Not just the four stadiums but the training pitches, which will be made available to the Chilean people. Besides which, a very intensive programme was carried out to ensure the Chilean national team would be able to compete [at this level]. Marta Tejedor and the girls did just that, we came up just short of winning [a match] but we were competitive. We were only beaten by a narrow margin in each of our matches and the fans could see that and applauded [the players' efforts].

We have also proved to ourselves and to the world that we can meet these challenges. We succeeded in getting the message of women's football across to our society, as the attendance levels and the fans' behaviour prove. And on top of that, a Chilean referee took charge of one game and will be the fourth official in the match for third place. That reflects well on another aspect of Chilean women's football."

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