The teams that will square off at Northland Events Centre during the FIFA U-20 World Cup have been named!
11/02/2015 3:47 p.m.
Whangarei will be hosting Group A teams Myanmar and USA. Both will both stay in Whangarei as they play their opening match on 30 May, with Myanmar staying on to play Ukraine on 2 June. Fiji and Uzbekistan will play off on 7 June. The Round of 16 match on Thursday 11 June will feature the second place team from Group B and the second place team from Group F, and promises to be a display of amazing football.
“We are really excited about hosting the USA and Myanmar – what an amazing combination! We have a country that everyone knows everything about playing a country that we can all get to learn about, especially as we are hosting two games for them. We have red, white and blue and yellow, green and red for flag colours which will add to the vibrancy and colour of the tournament,” says Her Worship the Mayor Sheryl Mai.
Mayor Mai and several WDC officials and councillors, 400 guests, including representatives of the competing countries, were in Auckland for the draw for FIFA’s second largest football tournament, and the event was televised live to more than 100 million people around the world.
At the hour-long ceremony, which included kapa haka, a performance by Stan Walker and dramatic imagery of New Zealand and its proud culture, the names of competing countries were drawn into their six groups of four spread across seven host cities.
The teams will train at the purpose built grounds and Springs Flat and Kensington.
Host nation New Zealand has alsobeen drawn in Group A and will play its opening fixture at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland against Ukraine.
Local Organising Committee CEO Dave Beeche says the draw has thrown up some intriguing and exciting matches in the group stages.
“We couldn’t be happier with the way the balls have dropped and we are sure that football fans will be excited by what is on offer.
“The official draw brings the tournament to life and is a major part of this massive jigsaw. Now we can see just who will be playing and where and I can’t wait for kick-off on 30 May as some of the brightest talent in world football play on New Zealand pitches,” said Mr Beeche.
Individual tickets are on sale from 11 to 24 February to Visa card holders – go to fifa.com/nz2015 for more information.
If you don’t have a Visa card, join the waitlist at fifa.com/nz2015 to be first to purchase tickets.
The general sale of individual tickets starts on 10 March.
For more information about FIFA U-20 2015 follow this link:
FIFA U-20 website