With less than 100 days to go until the start of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015, tickets for the tournament are now on sale and host nation New Zealand is gearing up for the biggest festival of football ever seen in this country.
The FIFA U-20 World Cup is the second largest men's football competition in the world. The tournament, which begins in Auckland, New Zealand on 30 May and runs until 20 June, will see 24 teams from around the world battle it out to be crowned champions of this prestigious competition.
The FIFA U-20 World Cup is a recognised breeding ground for future stars of the beautiful game – the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Argentine legend Diego Maradona have all played a role in making this tournament the place where influential players are brought to the world stage.
Seven host cities
Games during the tournament will take place in seven host cities throughout New Zealand. Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth and Wellington in the North Island, and Christchurch and Dunedin in the South Island are set to welcome the football world for a spectacular show of footballing talent.
Teams from the world’s best footballing nations including Germany, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Mexico will take on the likes of USA and competition minnows Myanmar during the tournament.
Group A sees home side New Zealand take on tournament newcomers Myanmar, USA and Ukraine in games taking place in New Zealand’s seaside metropolis of Auckland and the sub-tropical northern city of Whangarei.
Group B, based in New Zealand’s capital city Wellington, sees Argentina, Panama, Austria and a Confederation of African Football (CAF) (to be determined on 23 March), play their first games at the harbour-side downtown Wellington Regional Stadium.
Hamilton, renowned home of The Hobbiton Movie Set and ancient Waitomo Caves, awaits Group C which includes Qatar, Colombia, Portugal and a second Confederation of African Football (CAF) team. Mexico, the third Confederation of African Football (CAF) team, Uruguay and Serbia will face each other in Group D in the southern sport-loving university city of Dunedin.
A fourth Confederation of African Football (CAF) team, fan-favourites Brazil, Korea DPR and Hungary make up Group E, which will play in the western North Island city of New Plymouth – a provincial city that sits between renowned world-class surf breaks and the near-perfect volcanic cone of Mt Taranaki.
Germany, Fiji, Uzbekistan and Honduras complete the draw in Group F and will play in Christchurch, the South Island’s gateway city and the main centre of the expansive outdoors of the Canterbury region.
And, while there will be plenty of action to keep visitors entertained on the football pitch, New Zealand, the host cities and everywhere in between present a sprawling yet easily accessible adventure playground with unlimited opportunities to explore and enjoy it.
About the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015
Seven host cities across New Zealand will host some of the most talented rising stars of the world game at 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.
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.
TICKETS: Visit FIFA.com for more information on the tournament and how to purchase tickets for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015.
VISIT: Visit newzealand.com for more information on how to plan your visit to New Zealand for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015.