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New Zealand to host FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2015

In 2015 the beautiful game will be played in one of the world’s most beautiful countries when the FIFA U-20 World Cup comes to town.


Seven host cities across New Zealand will host some of the most talented rising stars of the world game when the FIFA U-20 World Cup is staged here next year.

Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth and Wellington on the North Island will host games, while Christchurch and Dunedin will represent the sport-loving South. The schedule sees four pool games played in two of the seven host cities daily – with plenty of double-header football action to whet the sporting appetite.

Fifa trophy

During the three week tournament (30 May – 20 June 2015) New Zealand will play host to 24 international teams, with a total of 52 matches played. Match times are expected to be announced early in 2014 – with further announcements due after the qualification period.

Broadcast to more than 100 countries, with a global reach of around 170 million people, the FIFA U-20 World Cup will also help promote New Zealand to the world. Around 10,000 overseas football fans are expected to travel to the country in support of their team.

Source: Tourism New Zealand