98 days to go(FIFA.com) 28 Feb 2015

USA lead the tally for the most goals scored in all FIFA Women’s World Cups™, having struck 98 times during the previous six editions of the competition – seven goals ahead of Germany.

The Stars and Stripes scored 25 goals in 1991, 15 goals in 1995, 18 goals in 1999, 15 goals in 2003, 12 goals in 2007 and most recently in 2011, the Americans bagged another 13 goals en route to a second place finish behind champions Japan.

Brazil shares its knowledge behind staging a FIFA World Cup(LOC) 27 Feb 2015

A seminar was held in Moscow on Friday for the representatives of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ host cities, designed to pass on the institutional knowledge acquired by those involved in hosting Brazil 2014.

Brazil’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) CEO Ricardo Trade shared his experience of the host country’s preparation and tackled topics such as construction of stadiums and training sites, transportation infrastructure and accommodation facilities. Particular attention was given to the aspect of a tangible tournament legacy. The 2018 World Cup organisers were also given recommendations in the areas of health and safety, the organisation of medical services, fan services, Fan Fest facilities and how to create a festive atmosphere in the host country.

The 2014 World Cup impressed fans not only with outstanding football action on the pitch but also with the hospitality and services provided by the hosts. “The organisation of meetings such as these is an excellent FIFA initiative,” Ricardo Trade told the seminar.

“I am happy to see the aspirations of the 2018 LOC and the host cities to hold the tournament at the very highest level and to demonstrate to the whole world the capabilities of your country and your love of football. Our countries have much in common.

“The 2014 World Cup LOC has been available to share its experiences, to talk about issues that were faced and the fundamental lessons that we learned as we prepared for the tournament.”

“Today, Russia’s host cities can take home first-hand information about the best practices that were implemented during preparations for, and the organisation of the World Cup in Brazil,” said Russia 2018 LOC CEO Alexey Sorokin. “It is of utmost importance to us that we have the chance to draw on the valuable experience and recommendations of our Brazilian colleagues, particularly at this point when preparations for the tournaments at all levels have moved into the operational phase.”

Ricardo Trade, as appointed a consultant by FIFA, will continue to support the 2018 Local Organising Committee with his experience.

Nigeria, Guinea secure spots at Chile 2015(FIFA.com) 21 Feb 2015

Nigeria and Guinea punched their ticket to the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 after finishing first and second respectively in Group A of of the CAF U-17 Championship 2015 played in Niger. The four semi-finalists from the tournament will represent Africa at the U-17 World Cup, with the two teams from Group B to be determined on Sunday.
The Golden Eaglets, who beat Zambia 3-1 on Saturday, ended the group phase one top with two wins and one draw. Meanwhile, Guinea, despite being beaten by Niger 2-1, finished second in Group A with one win, one draw and one defeat.
With Cameroon unable to finish second in Group B after losing their first two matches, the final two semi-final tickets and subsequent spots up for grabs to Chile 2015 will be decided between Mali, Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa on Sunday.

South American juggernauts qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup(FIFA.com) 08 Feb 2015

Four of the heavyweights of South American football have qualified for the FIFA U 20 Football World Cup New Zealand 2015 after the CONMEBOL (South American) qualifying tournament wrapped up in Uruguay.

Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay and Brazil have confirmed their spots, bringing the total number of qualifying countries to 20, just two days out from the official draw at Sky City in Auckland on Tuesday 10 February. Between them Argentina (6) and Brazil (5) have won the U 20 World Cup on 11 out of the 19 previous occasions it has been played.

The only confederation still to determine their countries is Africa (CAF) and a qualifying tournament in March will confirm the final four countries to play in New Zealand.

Led by Giovanni Simeone, son of former Argentine international and current Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, Argentina secured the position as champions of South America by beating Uruguay 2-1 in today’s final match. Colombia thrashed Brazil 3-0 in today’s other match to finish second behind Argentina. Uruguay qualified third with Brazil fourth.

LOC Chief Executive Dave Beeche says that having such footballing powers coming to New Zealand is fantastic news. “Tournaments like ours don’t always see the major footballing powers due to the cyclical nature of player development but having names such as Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Colombia at our event is exciting and I am sure will prove big draw cards to the viewing public.”

The countries to confirm qualification so far are: New Zealand, Fiji, Myanmar, North Korea, Uzbekistan, Qatar, Germany, Portugal, Austria, Serbia, Ukraine, Hungary, Mexico, Panama, Honduras, USA, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay.

The FIFA U-20 World Cup takes place across seven New Zealand cities between 30 May and 20 June.

Argentina clinch South American crown, Rio spot (AFP) 08 Feb 2015

Argentina have won the South American U-20 Championship after a 2-1 win over Uruguay that also secures La Albiceleste a place at the 2016 Olympic Football Tournament.

The Argentinians had already booked a spot at the FIFA U-20 World Cup along with their Uruguayan opponents, Brazil and Colombia, but succeeded in rounding off an impressive campaign by qualifying yet another major tournament.

They had to come from behind to do so, with Angel Correa firing home the winner nine minutes from time after Sebastian Driussi had cancelled out Gaston Pereiro’s eighth-minute opener for Uruguay.

Colombia, meanwhile, could yet join the Argentinians at Rio 2016 after they secured runners-up spot with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Brazil. Los Cafateros triumphed thanks to three goals in the final 19 minutes – including a double from Joao Rodríguez – and will now face a play-off against a team from North, Central America and the Caribbean

All four of the FIFA U-20 World Cup-bound teams will discover their opponents on Tuesday when the draw for New Zealand 2015 takes place in Auckland.