World Cup chief organizer Danny Jordaan met with media in New York City on Thursday afternoon to discuss the progress of the 2010 World Cup. I was at the event (which explains the lack of posts this afternoon) and have these nuggets to pass along.
- The 2010 World Cup will be in South Africa and any suggestions or notions that it will be moved at this point are way off.
- US Soccer president Sunil Gulati stated today that U.S. soccer is in the process of preparing to bid on A World Cup. He stated it could be 2018 or 2022, depending on how FIFA is ultimately going to handle the rotation and bidding process.
- Jordaan revealed that the South African government has begun preliminary work with the American government on a project to try and bring 10,000 U.S. soccer fans to the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup. It’s an ambitious project aimed at trying to expose American fans to South Africa ahead of the 2010 World Cup. I will try to flush out more details on what exactly this project would entail.
- Participating World Cup nations will now receive 12 percent of ticket allocations for matches it participates in. That is a significant increase from the eight percent allocated to participating teams in the 2006 World Cup. In short. U.S. Soccer will have control of more match tickets the U.S. national team plays in (yes, assuming the United States qualifies).
These are just some of the tidbits that stood out from today’s meeting. Some of this info has probably already been out there, but I wanted to pass it along for those of you who may not have been aware.
What do you think of these developments? Share your thoughts below.