POSTED: December 9th 2013
NewsUpdate

FIFA awards 2017 U-20 World Cup to Korea

FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, and Korea Football Association President Chung Mong-gyu pose after Korea was selected as the host of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup / Yonhap
FIFA President Sepp Blatter, left, and Korea Football Association President Chung Mong-gyu pose after Korea was selected as the host of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup / Yonhap

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Korea will add to its list of international sporting events in 2017 when it hosts the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the FIFA Executive Committee announced Thursday. Korea received more votes than Azerbaijan to host the competition.

Korea will be just the third country after Japan and Mexico to host all four major FIFA events – the World Cup, Confederations Cup, U-20 World Cup and U-17 World Cup.

“After the 2002 World Cup, I learned that many had concerns about our diminishing influence in football diplomacy,” Korea Football Association President Chung Mong-gyu said. “I think hosting the U-20 World Cup will make great progress in that regard. It is also significant that we will host such a major event alone, 15 years after co-hosting the World Cup with Japan.”

Hosting the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 World Cup helped Korea win the U-20 World Cup against its Eastern European rival, while construction costs also favour the Asian country thanks to stadia from the 2002 World Cup.

A cost of 25 billion won has been estimated by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism for the U-20 World Cup, with 13.5 billion projected to be covered by the Korea Football Association and FIFA.

Officials said 10 of the 34 30,000-seat stadiums in Korea are capable of hosting international events, though city selections have not yet been decided. Nine host candidates, including Seoul and Incheon, have been shortlisted, the KFA said, but the organising committee for the U-20 World Cup will not be formed until late 2015 or early 2016.

The 2017 U-20 World Cup will be the 21st incarnation after the 2015 event in New Zealand. Korea finished fourth in the 1983 U-20 World Cup.

Korea will also host the 2014 Incheon Asian Gams and the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.




Keywords · FIFA · Korea · U-20 World Cup · KFA · Incheon · PyeongChang · Seoul · Sepp Blatter ·


For more information contact:
Laura Walden ()


All original materials contained in this section are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Sports Features Communications, Inc the owner of that content. It is prohibited to alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content.