17 Oct 2012

Rugby World Cup host cities asked to host junior FIFA Cup

2:51 pm on 17 October 2012

The 13 Rugby World Cup cities that hosted matches in 2011 have been asked if they wanted to bid to host the 2015 FIFA under-20 football World Cup games.

The new Local Organising Commitee for the under-20 Cup has been announced and will be taking applications from cities who are going to then bid for games to be hosted in 2015.

The LOC will be chaired by senior Treasury official Bill Moran as one of four New Zealand Football directors, which also includes NZF chairman Frank van Hattum, Auckland lawyer and current Chairman of the Northern Football Federation Mike Anderson, and former CEO of Netball NZ Shelley McMeeken.

The independent directors are leading sports events administrator Arthur Klap, Chief Executive Officer of Queenstown Airport Scott Paterson, and former NZF directors Mark Stewart and Andrew Titter.

The under-20 Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, and the 2011 Cup here had a bigger TV audience than the Rugby World Cup in 2011.

FIFA will be visiting the country in the near future to inspect venues and possible facilities.