Korea Republic set sights on attendance record
At a meeting in Zurich on 19 March under the chairmanship of FIFA vice-president Jack Austin Warner, the Organizing Committee for the FIFA U-17 World Cup was pleased to learn of the good progress in preparations for this year’s tournament in Korea Republic. A FIFA delegation traveled to the host nation in early March and delivered glowing report on its inspection of the eight venues in Cheonan, Changwon, Goyang, Gwangyang, Seogwipo, Seoul, Suwon and Uslan.
The tournament, featuring 24 teams for the first time as opposed to the previous16, will be played between 18 August and 9 September and broadcast in at least 130 countries around the world. The local organizing committee has set itself a number of objectives, one of which is to break the current overall attendance record for the FIFA U-17 competition – in China PR in 1985. The Korean organizers have also kept prices low for all 52 matches – a match ticket will cost the equivalent of between USD 2.10 and a maximum of USD 7.40.
In other matters, Nigeria is bidding to host the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2009. The African country’s government has already submitted the necessary guarantees to world football’s governing body and the FIFA Executive Committee will decide on the host nation.