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Media Release - 19 March 2015 - FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015

Media Release

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the FIFA U-20 World Cup is looking for junior footballers, up to 17 years of age, to play their part in the greatest celebration of global football ever to hit New Zealand.

Opportunities as player escorts and flag bearers for the 20th edition of one of FIFA's flagship tournaments are on offer. Junior players can play their part in making the tournament a success by either escorting the players on to the pitch before kick off or acting as flag bearers, whereby they would carry the flags of the participating nations or the FIFA flag out onto the playing surface before every match. 

LOC Chief Executive Dave Beeche says organisers want to give as many children as possible an opportunity to be part of the action when the next global football superstars come to town in May and June this year.   

"We are looking for 2,000 young people to take part so there are plenty of opportunities. All players registered to play junior football in New Zealand in 2015 have the chance to get involved," said Mr Beeche. 

"Tournaments such as this don't come around very often in New Zealand and we are out to create memories for our young players who will be able to look back in years to come on their experience at one of FIFA's most important events." 

Every club that has sold to more than 30% of its membership is being asked to nominate players to become Flag Bearers whilst all schools, who have downloaded the FIFA U-20 World Cup Schools Programme have been asked to supply names of possible Player Escorts. Each of the regional Football Federations have been asked to work with clubs to find hundreds of Ball Boys and Girls to support the tournament. 

Mr Beeche added: "If you want your child to be involved, we highly recommend that you speak to your local club to make sure they're engaged in these programmes already, or talk to your school and encourage them to download the Schools Programme so that they can qualify for this unique opportunity."  

The tournament begins on 30 May. Tickets are already on sale from just $19* an adult and $8* a child at 

*Prices include GST and exclude ticket service and delivery fees. Tickets are subject to availability.

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About the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015
The FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 is the largest football tournament ever staged in New Zealand. It will take place over three weeks from 30 May 2015 to 20 June 2015 with 24 countries participating.  A total of 52 matches will be played in seven host cities - Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Wellington, and Whangarei. An audience of more than 500,000 is expected to attend the event.

About the FIFA U-20 World Cup
The FIFA U-20 World Cup is the world championship of football for male players under the age of 20 and is organised byFédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The Championship has been awarded every two years since the first tournament in 1977 held in Tunisia. In the 19 tournaments held, only nine nations have won the title. Argentina is the most successful team with six titles, followed by Brazil with five titles and Portugal with two. 

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