16 Feb 2011

NZ Football presents World Cup bid to FIFA

3:25 pm on 16 February 2011

New Zealand Football CEO Michael Glading has met with FIFA President Sepp Blatter to personally present New Zealand's bid to host the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

While New Zealand's bid document arrived at FIFA's headquarters at the weekend, Glading - accompanied by Auckland City Council's Event Attraction Manager Paul Dunphy - travelled to Switzerland to give New Zealand's bid a personal touch.

NZF Chairman Frank van Hattum, who plans to follow up today's presentation while in Zurich for a FIFA committee meeting in a fortnight, says New Zealand presents a strong case to host a third FIFA event.

Van Hattum says after successfully hosting men's and women's Under-17 World Cups in 1999 and 2008, they've proved they are a capable host with the infrastructure and support to step up a level.

Also in the running to host the tournament are Peru, Wales and Tunisia.

FIFA will announce the hosts of that tournament and five other World Cups on March 4.