Preparation For World Football Cups Well Underway
At a meeting in Zurich on 6 February under the chairmanship of Ricardo Terra Teixeira (Brazil), the FIFA Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee expressed their satisfaction at the growing importance of both of these variations on football as well as their confidence in the preparations for the upcoming FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Marseilles 2008 and the FIFA Futsal World Cup Brazil 2008.
During the meeting, the dates for the FIFA Futsal World Cup Brazil 2008 were approved by the committee, with the competition set to run from 30 September to 19 October 2008 in the host cities of Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, subject to approval from the FIFA Executive Committee. For the first time, there will be 20 teams participating in the event, with the following distribution of teams by confederation: AFC (4), CAF (2), CONCACAF (3), CONMEBOL (3+host), OFC (1) and UEFA (6). The final draw will be held in Brasilia on 6 July.
The committee was also informed of the bidding procedure for the next competition in 2012. In total, six bids have been received, from the following member associations: Czech Republic, Egypt, Iran, New Caledonia, Portugal and Thailand.
The dates for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2008, which will be held in Marseilles from 17 to 27 July, were also confirmed by the committee, having already been approved by the FIFA Executive Committee. The final draw will be held in Benidorm on 18 May, following the conclusion of the European qualifier event in the Spanish resort.