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.
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