Webb opens Draw for FIFA U-20 World Cup

FIFA Vice President and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb (third from left) meets with Dr. Hon. Jonathan Coleman (fourth from left), the Minister of Sport for New Zealand,  in addition to other FIFA and government representatives.

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – FIFA Vice President and CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb officially welcomed all participants and spectators to the Draw for the 20th edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup on Tuesday at the SKYCITY Convention Centre.

“FIFA is very happy to be here in New Zealand to organize this event, which is its second biggest men's tournament,” said Webb.  “The U-20 World Cup is a superb competition that inspires many youths and creates the future stars of football.  We hope that this will be the case in New Zealand this year too.”

From May 30 – June 20, New Zealand will be host to 24 teams, with the tournament spreading across seven cities and towns on the north and south islands.  Participating teams from the CONCACAF region are Honduras, Mexico, Panama and USA.

“I would like to thank the Local Organising Committee, under the leadership of Bill Moran and Dave Beeche, for their tireless work in ensuring that the FIFA U-20 World Cup is on the road to success, and wish the teams all the best in the competition,” added Webb.

This is the third FIFA World Cup that New Zealand is hosting, previously holding the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1999 and the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2008.