February’s monthly meeting of the Organising Commitee for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup paid attention to this year’s edition of the competition.
The longest-running FIFA youth tournament will be taking place from 21 June to 13 July in Turkey this summer. The teams will be assigned to six groups of four teams each.
Spain have been seeded as Team 1 in Group A and will therefore play in Istanbul for all three of their group games. The other five continental champions will be in Pot 1.
The remaining AFC and CAF teams will be in Pot 2 while Pot 3 contains CONMEBOL and CONCACAF. Turkey along with five other UEFA teams will come from Pot 4. This is under the basis that teams from the same confederation shouldn’t play each other in the group stage.
The draw will be held on 25th March when the new trophy will also be presented.
“It was very good to observe how well preparations for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Turkey 2013 are going,” said the FIFA U-20 World Cup Organising Committee chairman Jim Boyce to FIFA’s official website, “I will report to the Executive Committee that FIFA’s second-biggest tournament will be an absolute highlight of the year 2013. Work at the stadiums is already very well advanced, and there’s outstanding local support.”
“If we cast our minds back, we’ll recall that the likes of Lionel Messi, Xavi, Diego Maradona, Kaka and Luis Figo graced this tournament before going on to become footballing greats,” Boyce added. “I’m already looking forward to getting to know the next generation of top players in Turkey this summer. I’m pleased to be traveling to Istanbul next week to attend the presentation of the ‘Giant Balls’ and the official music, before experiencing in close-up the exciting draw on 25 March.”