Dubai/ Wednesdy Sptember 5, 2012: The UAEFA announced the support of Shaikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Honorary President of the association for the hosting of the 2013 FIFA U-17 Championship from October 17 to November 8, 2013.peaking to newsmen
Speaking to newsmen at the association’s offices in Dubai, Yousuf Abdulla, secretary general of the country’s football governing body conveyed the greetings of the FA president Yousuf Yaqoub Al Serkal and the members of the board of directors.
“All arrangements have been made to host and ensure the success of the tournament,” he confirmed.
“UAE has successfully staged the 2003 FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2009 and 2010 FIFA Club World Cup and the upcoming competition will be organized at the same level of quality and attention,” he said.
“The football association has established a smart partnership with the Ministry of Education and the FIFA to develop the youth sector and over than 30.000 junior players are taking part in the annual festivals and the various competitions which are held under the sponsorship of Mubadala. Our immediate target is to develop the talents of our boys and expand the base of participation from both sexes,” he said.
Higher organizing committee
Meanwhile, Aimen Haroon, assistant secretary general for administrative and foreign affairs detailed the FA preparations to host the international event right from the appointment of the Higher Organising Committee (HOC) under the chairmanship of Yousuf Yaqoub Al Serkal, president of the UAEFA to the set up of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the championship.
The logo and mascot of the championship will be announced simultaneously with the launching of the promotional program. The LOC may also make visits to the FIFA house in Zurich to meet with the representatives of the FIFA organizing committee to discuss all organizational matters. The schedule and time of the proposed meeting will be determined in coordination with the world football governing body FIFA.
The FIFA delegation will visit the venues in November and hold a number of meetings with the different committees. A second visit is scheduled in January 2013 while the draw ceremony will be held in June 2013.
The FIFA delegation paid two visits to the country last December and June and prepared a detailed report about the matches’ venues and the required modifications and improvements. The FA addressed the involved clubs to implement the same.
The following venues have been selected to host the competition: Al Nahyan Stadium, Al Wahda Club in Abu Dhabi; Rashid Stadium at Al Ahli Club in Dubai; Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain Club, Al Ain city; Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah Club, Sharjah; Emirates Stadium, Emirates Club, Ras Al Khaimah; Fujairah Stadium, Fujairah.
Training venues: Zayed Sports City training facilities in Abu Dhabi; Army Officers Club and the Military Playground in Abu Dhabi.
Training facilities at Al Ahli Club in Dubai, training facilities at the Sharjah Stadium in Sharjah, Al Shaab training facilities in Sharjah, Al Dhaid training facilities; Emirates Club and Al Zahra branch training facilities in Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Kalba.
Group A matches will be played in Abu Dhabi, Group B in Ras Al Khaimah, Group C in Fujairah, Group D in Sharjah, Group E in Dubai and Group F in Al Ain. Abu Dhabi will host the opening and final games.
24 teams in the fray
Tournament will see 24 teams from Europe (6), Africa (4), Asia (4), Concacaf (4), North, Central America and Caribbean (4), plus Oceania and hosts UAE.
The teams will be divided into six groups and play 52 matches over 23 days from October 17 to November 8, 2013.
Technical development program
The UAE U-16 national team which will carry the country’s hopes in the tournament has been subjected to a training program in coordination with the FIFA to ensure the preparation of a strong host team.