2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

11 June - 11 July

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2010 FIFA World Cup™

FIFA and CONMEBOL agree preliminary competition format and venues

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Further to the decision by the FIFA Executive Committee at its latest meeting in Zurich on 27 June to mandate the FIFA President to resolve this matter, the following conclusions have been reached regarding the South American preliminary competition for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, in consultation with the CONMEBOL Executive Committee:

  1. The preliminary competition matches shall be played in a round-robin format, starting in October, with fixtures being scheduled on the international match calendar's existing dates for back-to-back national team matches, as well as one additional date between 14 and 18 June 2008.

  2. The qualifiers shall be staged in suitable, FIFA-approved stadiums and preference shall be given to those stadiums where matches have been held previously. A change of venue shall be authorised only where the climatic and geographical conditions of the new venue are similar and the change does not give a sporting advantage to any party.

  3. In accordance with a specific request by the Bolivian football association, which CONMEBOL has backed unanimously, permission has been granted on this occasion for it to stage the home matches of the Bolivian national team at the Hernando Siles stadium in La Paz.

  4. The political and sporting authorities in Bolivia are requested to work towards building a sports stadium in La Paz that takes into account the research conducted by the FIFA Sports Medical Committee, according to which matches in future competitions are to be played at a maximum altitude of 2,500m with a margin of tolerance of up to 2,800m.

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