FIFA confident quake city will be ready for World Cup

12:20 pm on 23 January 2013

Football's governing body FIFA says it is confident Christchurch could host games for its men's Under-20 World Cup matches in 2015 despite the ongoing rebuild of the city.

New Zealand Football won the right to host the tournament, but matches still need to be allocated.

Seven FIFA delegates from Zurich began their nationwide tour in Christchurch at the weekend which has been badly damaged in recent earthquakes.

On Sunday, they discussed with Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority representatives major improvements to the South Island city's infrastructure that will occur over the next year or two.

Christchurch City Council wants hosting rights to some of the games and seven FIFA delegates visited the stadium on Monday to discuss the logistics of hosting and met with business leaders, council staff and tourism and hospitality representatives.

FIFA's senior competitions manager Rhiannan Martin says she has been assured that there will be no issues with hotel accommodation or hospitality outlets by 2015.

Delegates will visit eight other cities and hosts will be chosen in the next two months.

Dunedin has already decided that the case for hosting the tournament doesn't stack up and it would be too costly.