FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
TENCENT NAMED FIRST NATIONAL SUPPORTER
FIFA is pleased to announce that Tencent Limited is the first Chinese company to sign up as a National Supporter for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2007 in China. Tencent, a leading provider of Internet services, is one of up for companies that will enjoy local rights for the next blue-riband event in women’s football, which will kick off on 10 September 2007. The Chinese company will act as the exclusive Official Internet Services Provider for the event.
“We are delighted to welcome Tencent to the FIFA sponsor family. Tencent will play an important role in the promotion and support of the FIFA Women’s World Cup and the official website www.FIFA.com, throughout China. With its leading instant messaging technologies, Tencent will also provide essential Internet communication services to the Local Organizing Committee. “We look forward to a strong and beneficial partnership with Tencent,” said FIFA General Secretary Urs Linsi. Tencent will leverage the portal leadership of QQ.com and 221 million active user accounts of QQ Instant Messaging to promote the event and the official event website, www.FIFA.com, across China.
“Sports, and football in particular, are extremely popular with our QQ user base. This is a fantastic opportunity for China to host these players from around the globe, and we are very honored to support FIFA and all the stakeholders in the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2007 with our Internet service platforms. The spirit of international competition embodies by FIFA and the participating teams is an inspiration to all of us at Tencent,” explained the senior executive vice-president of Tencent, David Wallerstein.
In addition, Tencent will provide mobile communication solutions through its instant messaging platforms to facilitate internal communication within the Local Organizing Committee and its volunteer network across China. “We are very pleased to know that Tencent has become the first National Supporter. Tencent’s vast popularity and its renowned online instant messaging service in China will definitely help to promote the event further to a much more extensive audience group beyond sports fans. Tencent is the ideal partner to provide supportive Internet communication services for the organization of the event. We sincerely hope that more domestic corporations will join Tencent as a National Supporter,” said vice-presdent of the Chinese Football Association and executive chairman of the Organizing Committee Xie Yalong.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2007 will bring together the top sixteen teams from the six confederations in five different venues (Shanghai, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Tianjin and Wuhan), where they will complete for the ultimate prize in women’s football. Organized every four years, the FIFA Women’s World Cup has comes on in leaps and bounds over the last decade in terms of both live and television audiences. In 1999, the FIFA Women’s World Cup was broadcast to 67 countries. In 2003, the same event was broadcast to 144 countries worldwide, covering nearly 3,000 hours of tournament play, and with a total cumulative TV audience of 526 million worldwide.
Visit www.FIFA.com for more information on the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2007, including the match schedule, results and fixtures in the preliminary competition and the final draw, which will take place in Wuhan on 22 April 2007.