Seven host cities throughout New Zealand are hosting some of the most talented rising stars of the world game as the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 kicks off.
New Zealand welcomes the world
New Zealand has welcomed the football world as the country gets ready to host the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Most of the 24 teams have arrived in New Zealand for the tournament that will be played out in seven host cities around the country from 30 May – 20 June, 2015. Players from Germany, Argentina, USA, Myanmar and Ghana were all treated to a traditional Māori welcomes on their arrival into New Zealand.
The FIFA U-20 World Cup
Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth and Wellington in the North Island will host games, while Christchurch and Dunedin will represent the sport-loving South Island. The schedule sees four pool games played in two of the seven host cities daily - with plenty of double-header football action to whet the sporting appetite.
During the three-week tournament (30 May - 20 June 2015) New Zealand will play host to 24 international teams, with a total of 52 matches played.
The tournament kicks-off at Auckland’s North Harbour Stadium with New Zealand taking on Ukraine on 30 May. Each host city will have a 'Fever Pitch' on a prominent city landmark, giving visitors and fans the chance to experience Kiwi hospitality complete with football flair.
Plenty to explore
Football fans can take in all New Zealand has to offer with 52 matches shared among the seven host cities: Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth and Wellington in the North Island, and Christchurch and Dunedin in the spectacular south.
Stories to tell
There is so much to see, do and explore between the big games, all on the doorstep of the host venues and beyond, and each host city has its own story to tell.
A Mark in the Ground - from broken city to world cup host
Watch an inspirational documentary about how the global football community supported ‘the beautiful game’ in Christchurch, as it recovered from the effects of the 2010-2011 earthquakes.
Telling an engaging story of what football means to the local population, and how football’s emergence, post-quake, parallels all that's positive about a city that is rebuilding, and its preparation to host the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
About the FIFA U-20 World Cup
Broadcast to more than 100 countries, with a global reach of around 170 million people, the FIFA U-20 World Cup will also help promote New Zealand to the world. Thousands of overseas football fans are expected to travel to the country in support of their team.