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Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 22:23:31 +0000 #1
FIFA official favours T.O. over Edmonton

Apr. 12, 2006. 07:16 PM

FIFA vice-president Jack Warner praised Canada's buildup for the 2007 world under-20 tournament Wednesday, but took a swipe at Edmonton for its recent lukewarm reception to soccer.

Edmonton drew 47,484 fans to Commonwealth Stadium in 2002 for the Canada-U.S final at the inaugural FIFA women's under-19 championship, winning rave reviews from FIFA and others.

But for the men's under-20 tournament in 2007, Canadian organizers have opted to stage the July 22 final at Toronto's National Soccer Stadium. The venue, currently under construction, will hold no more than 25,000.

Edmonton will still play a large role as tournament co-host, but will see its participation end at the semifinal stage.

"I don't live here, so I can say quite honestly that I think Edmonton has been lucky to even get a semifinal," Warner, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, said in an interview after a news conference on the grounds of Exhibition Place, a stone's throw from the Toronto stadium construction site.

"While the (2002) women's event was a success, it seems to me from the records we have seen that it could be looked at as an aberration. Because following that, international matches have been played in Edmonton and the (attendance) figures have been from 11,000 to 7,000."

Last September, there were 8,812 at Commonwealth Stadium to see Germany beat the Canadian women's team 4-3 under a light rain. The Canadian men's team drew 9,654 in September 2004 for a 1-1 World Cup qualifying tie with Honduras.

Warner said Toronto was "the logical choice" to host the final because of its new stadium, the diversity of its population and the co-operation of local governments.

Edmonton will host two of Canada's first-round games — the Canadian men's opening outing will be in Toronto — plus two round-of-16 games, a quarter-final and semifinal.

Warner is a FIFA heavyweight who doubles as president of CONCACAF, the continental confederation that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean. He is also chairman of the Canadian tournament's organizing committee.

Warner and other officials have spent the last nine days touring Edmonton, Toronto and the tournament's four other venues: Victoria, Burnaby (Vancouver), Ottawa and Montreal.

Warner and Canadian Soccer officials said the inspection process turned up some issues to be fixed, but nothing insurmountable.

"They are critical, they are important, but in the (overall) scheme of things they are not mind-boggling," Warner said.

With Montreal Impact boss Joey Saputo putting his planned new Montreal stadium on the backburner, the Montreal site remains a question mark. Everyone involved wants to go to Molson Stadium on the McGill University grounds, but the artificial turf there has lines on it and FIFA demands a pristine green surface.

Kevan Pipe, chief operating officer of the Canadian Soccer Association, bit his tongue when asked whether he felt the urge to say `I told you so."

In 2003, when McGill was examining its turf options, Pipe and Canadian soccer officials pressed hard for a plain surface to avoid just this problem. The CFL Alouettes, a major tenant, wanted a football-ready field with stitched in lines.

In the end, the university and CFL thought they had found a compromise with an artificial surface whose lines could be covered up. But that solution never worked.

The options now to make the stadium ready for the FIFA tournament are to spend $500,000 on new plain turf or lay a temporary grass surface.

"The problem is it doesn't fix it for a long-term period," Pipe said of the temporary solution. "If we have the opportunity to do things right, we have to take that opportunity. So that's what we're trying to do right now, we're trying to establish a long-term solution so we can come back to McGill University in future and bring big international games to McGill University."

The issue is who pays for the new artificial turf.

There are lesser issues in Victoria and Burnaby, B.C., involving stadium lighting, dressing rooms and VIP seating.

The CSA and Burnaby have already struck a deal to upgrade Swangard Stadium, Pipe said.

The City of Ottawa, meanwhile, has pledged to replace the artificial turf at Frank Clair Stadium with a higher-grade surface at a cost of $440,000.

Warner raved about Victoria, saying it and Cape Town were two places in the world he would consider retiring to — with Victoria No. 1 on that list.

He also praised Ottawa, saying it was the best venue on the tour while marvelling you can sit in the stands and see boats sailing along the Rideau Canal.

FIFA officials will be back in October to inspect the progress.

Notes: The under-20 tournament — whose official name is the unwieldy FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 — is second only in size to the men's World Cup, with 24 countries and 52 matches. ... The 2007 tournament will mark the 17th edition of the event. ... Pipe estimates the final will draw a worldwide television audience in excess of 100 million. ... TV talks continue with Canadian networks, he added, with an "opening salvo" goal of airing all 52 matches. ... The plan is to complete the Toronto stadium May 1, 2007, two months ahead of the tournament kickoff. ... Pipe says the CSA has already bid to host the CONCACAF 2008 women's Olympic qualifying tournament, adding Toronto has already been confirmed as one of the host sites for the 2009 men's Gold Cup.

Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 22:30:21 +0000 #2
FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

FIFA & CSA Unveil FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 Emblem

Ottawa, Ontario – Soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, along with the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) unveiled the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 tournament emblem at a joint press conference in Toronto this afternoon.

Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) President Andy Sharpe and FIFA vice-president and Chairman of the Organising Committee for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Jack A. Warner unveiled the Official Emblem after officially closing FIFA’s 9-day venue inspection tour today.

“We had a busy but tremendously valuable nine days,” said Sharpe. “I am extremely happy with the organization of not only the Site Organizing Committees but the National Organizing Committee and I am convinced that the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007 will be the largest and most impressive single-sport event in Canada’s history.”

“While we certainly have some work to do in every venue, we also have plenty of time to implement those changes in order to bring each site up to the standard of this most prestigious event.

“But what I am most excited about is what this tournament will mean for the hundred’s of thousands of players across the country. They now have an opportunity to see some of the best young players in the world and over the course of the event, I am sure some Canadian role models will be born.”

In 2007, Canada will host the World’s finest youth players in six cities across the country – Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Burnaby, and Victoria – with the tentative dates for the tournament set for June 30-July 22, 2007.

The biennial event is second only to the FIFA World Cup™ in size and scope and will showcase the most talented under-20 soccer players in the world. The tournament has been the coming-out party for some of the game’s top players - Maradona, Saviola, Raúl, Marco Van Basten, Luis Figo, Ruiz Costa, Thierry Henry, Adriano, Roberto Carlos, Bebeto and Dunga as well as Canada’s Craig Forrest and many members of the current Men’s World Cup Team including Julian de Guzman, Paul Stalteri, Atiba Hutchinson and Iain Hume.

Last held in CONCACAF in 1983 in Mexico, Canada’s most recent participation in this event occurred last June in the Netherlands from June 10 - July 2, 2005.

Canada enjoyed it’s its best ever finish in a World Championship in December 2003, losing to eventual silver medalist Spain on a golden goal in the quarter finals in the United Arab Emirates.

FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 Emblem

The emblem for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 features the prominent use of Canada’s most visible National symbol – the Maple Leaf.

According to many historians, the maple leaf began to serve as a Canadian symbol as early as 1700 – celebrating Canada’s nature and environment. The maple leaf depicted on the Canadian flag and now in the FIFA U-20 World Cup emblem is the sugar maple leaf which is native to Canada and is perhaps best known for it’s vibrant fall foliage.

In 1834, the first St. Jean Baptiste Society in North America made the maple leaf its emblem. Two years later, Le Canadien, a newspaper published in Lower Canada, referred to it as a suitable emblem for Canada.

Almost fifteen years later, the Toronto literary annual The Maple Leaf referred to it as the chosen emblem of Canada. By 1860, the maple leaf was incorporated into the badge of the 100th Regiment (Royal Canadians) and was used extensively in decorations for the visit of the Prince of Wales that year.

Songwriter Alexander Muir wrote The Maple Leaf Forever as Canada’s confederation song in 1867; it was regarded as the national song for several decades. The coats of arms created the next year for Ontario and Quebec both included the maple leaf.

The maple leaf today appears on the penny (one-cent piece); however, between 1876 and 1901, it appeared on all Canadian coins. The modern one-cent piece has two maple leaves on a common twig, a design that has gone almost unchanged since 1937.

During the First World War, the maple leaf was included in the badge of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Since 1921, the Royal Arms of Canada have included three maple leaves as a distinctive Canadian emblem. With the proclamation of Canada’s new flag in 1965, the maple leaf has become the most-prominent Canadian symbol.

In 1939, at the time of World War II, many Canadian troops used the maple leaf as a distinctive sign, displaying it on regimental badges and Canadian army and naval equipment.

In 1957, the colour of the maple leaves on the arms of Canada was changed from green to red, one of Canada’s official colours.

On February 15, 1965, the red maple leaf flag was inaugurated as the National Flag of Canada.1

The launch of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 emblem (like the recently announced emblem for the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007) marks a new era in the field of branding for FIFA. The official emblem of the Canadian event is the second emblem to be released under FIFA’s new brand of architecture. This has the aim of unifying all the different emblems and logos of the world football’s governing body, including the 12 competitions and projects such as Goal, Fair Play and the FIFA Quality Concept for footballs and artificial turf. The main feature of this new branding strategy is a consistent design for all FIFA’s activities. In addition, all FIFA tournaments will be consistently called “World Cup”. The FIFA corporate mark with the two globes is no longer a component of any of the official emblems and will only be used for corporate communication purposes.

[1] Information regarding the Maple Leaf was taken from Canadian Heritage’s website –
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 22:47:55 +0000 #3
Tks to torontosports at BS for headsup

Inside Soccer Magazine

By: Kris Fernandes

Today the Canadian Soccer Association and FIFA held a press conference regarding the progress of the stadiums and training grounds that will be used in next years U20 World Cup which will be held in 6 cities across the country. In addition, they also unveiled the official logo for the event. There were five major players on stage for this event which included CSA bigwigs Andy Sharpe (President) and Kevan Pipe (COO). Among the other guests was Bob Hunter, VP of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Toronto City Councilor Joe Pantalone and the biggest name of them all, Jack Warner, VP of FIFA and CONCACAF Head.

The event kicked off with Pantalone ranting the same facts that everyone has been hearing for the past year about how many kids in Toronto play soccer and how many fields we have, which in case you're wondering is 438. Not too shabby for a hockey town eh?

Then the thick Scottish voice of Andy Sharpe rang through the crowd as he spoke about the status of the venues that will be used for the 3 week long event that starts June 30th and ends July 22nd. Here is a light breakdown;

Burnaby and Victoria will be the western hosts as Swangard and Centennial will be upgraded in various capacities over the next year to meet FIFA requirements with proper lighting and training grounds being the focus there.

Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium, current home of Team Canada and the successful U19 World Cup in 2002, will have some upgrades as well including some VIP seats and the local organizing committee has assured that whatever FIFA requests they will cover it.

Ottawa will be one of two hosts in Ontario and will utilize picturesque Frank Clair Stadium, former home of the now defunct Ottawa Renegades. Surprisingly, there will be a new FIFA 2 Star artificial turf pitch installed to the tune of an incredible $440,000 CDN. No word yet on what the citizens of Ottawa will think about dishing out that kind of money for a scarcely used field, unless of course they add a bubble like their neighbours in Toronto. )Edit: They have had a bubble for years)Easily the most anticipated stadium of the bunch is the new stadium at the Exhibition grounds near Lake Ontario, the Toronto stadium project has generated so much excitement and so much anger within the last 2 years it has become quite the circus. The CSA has repeatedly had 'egg on their face' for altering the stadium's location numerous times and had to have Bob Hunter, the stadium project manager, publicly assure doubters of its current progress and eventual completion. He stated that the venue will have the excavation completed within a month, the seating will go up in June/July and the field turf will be installed in the late fall. The soccer-specific venue will be fully constructed 60 days before the event kicks off and will seat 20,000 fans. It will be accessible year round, as the bubble will provide, to youth and adult soccer clubs as well as the home to the national teams. It is without question the clear legacy project for this tournament. However the money from the federal government isn't 100% yet although they anticipate that the finalized deal will take place within a week if not days. For the sake of Canadian soccer, let's hope so.

The final venue being used for the 2nd largest soccer event in the world is in Montreal. Oddly enough no stadium has actually been chosen to stage their share of the games although Kevan Pipe announced that Molson Stadium on the campus on McGill University is the likely location and if so they, like Ottawa, might be in store for the same upgraded FieldTurf next May.

The man who headed the entire 9 day evaluation of the stadiums was controversial CONCACAF President, Jack Warner, who Canadian soccer fans might remember a while back when he stated that Canada had 'no business' beating his homeland of Trinidad. Warner tried to make the crowd forget that blemish as he romanced the crowd with inspired talk of Canadian youth growing up to new found heroes as a result of next summer's event and by stating that of all the cities in the 161 countries he's ever visited, Victoria, BC is the one city he would live in. He emphasized that although the the Toronto Stadium is a big part of the legacy, that Toronto's tourism would see a positive impact as well as on the diversity that the city is famous for. He also came up with the quote of the day when he stated,

"Young footballers in Canada can now believe that they can play at the professional level. This is a new sense of hope. Canada is a country that moves mountains."

You can't argue with the man on that one. He also mentioned that improvements must be made especially with the installation of proper lighting, new fields and with VIP areas. Overall he was enthusiastically optimistic about the visit and said he looks forward to the delegations next visit in October and is positive that everything will go according to plan.

The event closed off with the official unveiling of the logo for the championships. It features a red old-style maple leaf on the left side on a baby blue background with a soccer ball that resembled the Adidas Questra Ball from USA 94. The reaction was modest from the crowd and it would have been better if they used a more modern day leaf but overall it's a nice humble logo that fits well with Canada's image.

The FIFA website for this event is now up and running with all sorts of facts and history about the U20 World Cup, including the incredible 312 players from the event that have gone on to play in the World Cup. For the official announcement feel free to visit for the CSA's official press release. "All flags are green", were the words Kevan Pipe used to describe the progress. Let's hope so otherwise the CSA's face will be redder than the leaf on their logo.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 22:52:46 +0000 #4
Under-20s over hump

New stadium, world tourney 'going to rise'

By ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

If it gets built -- on time, of course -- they will come.

An estimated 100 million viewers worldwide tuning in to the final of the 2007 under-20 World Cup, for starters.

Some of the best young players in the world for arguably the biggest soccer event to be played in Canada, for another.

And, Canadian Soccer Association officials are confident, a huge boost to the sport's development in this country.

But before the tournament arrives next summer, Toronto's new soccer stadium at Exhibition Place has to be built.

The CSA's bid hinged on the stadium, which will play host to the opening ceremonies and the Cup final, becoming a reality

With a hole in the ground and construction humming, organizers yesterday proclaimed it a sure thing the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd., project will be done on time.

"It was a question a year ago: What's Plan B," CSA chief operating officer Kevan Pipe said. "At some point in time, people have got to start realizing that the sun is going to rise on this.

"The exterior structure will be finished in October and the field turf installation will be laid. All that will be left is the interior finishing.

"It is time to stop the second-guessing."

MLSEL will operate the facility for its main partner in the project, the City of Toronto. MLSEL vice-president Bob Hunter said yesterday the simplicity of the 20,000 seat structure will help keep construction on schedule.


"It's actually a fairly simple design to build," Hunter said. "The most complicated elements are elements that can be built this summer. The stands are pre-fab, off-site.

"I can absolutely assure you we will (be done on time.)"

Hunter, Pipe and FIFA vice-president Jack Warner were at Exhibition Place yesterday to unveil the official tournament logo and offer an update following a nine-day cross-country tour to inspect other under-20 World Cup sites.

Warner said stadiums in Victoria and Burnaby will need some updates before the tournament kicks off next July.

As well, Pipe says he expects to finalize a deal soon to confirm Montreal's Molson Stadium as a venue.

Warner acknowledged that Toronto is the key venue, however, and is satisfied old promises are being kept.

"When we met with the CSA four years ago, I said if they could build a field in Toronto, I would work to make sure they could have (the tournament)," Warner said. "Two years ago, I reported the same thing.

"I must say I am very pleased. Nothing we have seen is insurmountable."
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-12 22:38:13 +0000 #5
FIFA wants stadium upgrades

Peter Mallett


Stadium improvements will be needed before Canada is ready to play host to the under-20 men's world soccer championship in the summer of 2007, a FIFA site-inspection team announced yesterday.

"The inspection team met with some positive results and some negative ones as well, but the problems that exist aren't something the Canadian Soccer Association can't overcome," said Jack Warner, vice-president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association.

"Nothing that needs to be done can't be done," he said at a news conference at Exhibition Place in Toronto. "This is Canada, a country that can move mountains."

The media conference wrapped up the inspection team's week-long visit to the six participating cities -- Toronto, Victoria, Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal and the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby.

Warner said he was most impressed with the private and public partnership to build Toronto's $62-million, 20,000-seat stadium and the speed at which construction is moving ahead. The first game in the 24-nation tournament will be on June 30 and the championship game on July 22, both in Toronto.

Meanwhile, Infrastructure Canada said yesterday that federal, provincial and municipal governments must still sign off on their financial commitments to the project before it is sent to the federal government's Treasury Board for final approval.

Kevan Pipe, chief operating officer of the Canadian Soccer Association, was confident that funding will be secured despite concerns that the federal government may backpedal on its $27-million commitment to the project.

"There is nothing under the table," Pipe said. "Everything is on the table and we have been very upfront all along the way about Treasury Board and contribution agreements. The project has received ministerial approval, it has now been directed to all three levels of government, and we are just committing to follow that process."

Warner said an inspection team will return to Canada in October to make sure that all of FIFA's recommendations are being implemented.

The inspection team noted deficiencies in stadium lighting, dressing rooms and VIP facilities at Victoria's Centennial Stadium and Swangard Stadium in Burnaby.

Warner expressed concern about the uncertainty of a venue in Montreal. However, CSA officials said McGill University's Molson Stadium has become the venue of choice.

The CSA also said yesterday that it is completing an agreement with McGill to install new turf at Molson Stadium for the tournament.
Joe MacCarthy2010-05-13 00:14:22 +0000 #6
Alberta site set for U-20

Other soccer fields need upgrading

Toronto stadium on schedule for 2007

Morgan Campbell Sports Reporter

Victoria and Burnaby, B.C., need new stadium lights before they are ready to host games in the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.

Stadiums in Ottawa and Montreal need new turf (Edit: artificial), and 14 months before the tournament kicks off, the stadium in Toronto is still just a hole in the ground.

But at least the logo is ready.

Yesterday, officials from FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association finished a nine-day tour of the tournament venues, and found most of them will need upgrades before the tournament starts next July.

FIFA held a news conference yesterday to unveil the tournament's logo — a red maple leaf with a soccer ball swooshing past, vapour trails in its wake.

But the real focus was the facilities.

Of the tournament's six host venues, only Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton is ready to host a World Cup game.

While the officials all praised the host cities and sounded confident about the tournament's success, they also agreed there's still a lot of work to do.

"We leave here feeling very sanguine, very positive that when we come again we will see changes," said Jack Warner, chairman of the U-20 World Cup organizing committee.

FIFA and CSA officials will tour the sites again in October.

Kevan Pipe, the CSA's chief operating officer, isn't worried.

He says the upgrades in Victoria and at Burnaby's Swangard Stadium are simple fixes the CSA budgeted for when they first proposed the tournament.

Pipe expects to upgrade all the stadiums in western Canada in time for the under-20 national team's three-game series with Brazil, scheduled to start May 19 in Edmonton.

In Ottawa, the city has already agreed to pay $440,000 to outfit Frank Clair Stadium with field turf that meets FIFA's standards.

McGill University and the city of Montreal want the same for Molson Stadium but haven't reached a deal with the CSA on who will pay for the project. Pipe hopes to settle the money question by June.

As for Toronto, Bob Hunter of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment said construction of the $65 million stadium is on schedule. He said the seats should be in place by this summer. Hunter said the stadium has a simple design and the project should finish by early next May, two months before the tournament starts.

Pipe shares that optimism and says he's sick of skeptics who don't think the CSA can pull this tournament off.

"At some point people have got to realize that the sun is going to rise on this," he said. "We're almost to the end of a very long marathon race. All flags are green."
Robino2010-05-13 00:52:34 +0000 #7
You may have seen a tv ad with a soccer ball hitting the earth. Then it flashes to It's gonna be big U20 World cup canada 2007.

Does anyone know if it's true that tickets are on sale july 15 as it says in the ad?
RichardFH2010-05-12 23:54:57 +0000 #8
I doubt July 15 would be the date advertised if it was not true.



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