Record Set for EPL Season Ticket Sales
The Premier League announced in a release on Tuesday that season ticket sales among both adult and junior supporters hit record highs during the 2012/13 season.
Adult season ticket sales came in at 476,776, edging out the previous record from the 2007/08 season by just over 500.
On the junior side, 58,546 season tickets were sold, 200 more than during the previous record season of 2008/09. Since the league began compiling ticket data during the 2004/05 campaign, junior ticket sales have increased 26%.
“Making football more attractive and more affordable for families is something club have worked hard at over the last few years,” said Cathy Long, the league’s head of supporter services.
She went on to say that 29% of fans attend with children, leading many clubs to build season ticket packages that cater to younger fans.
Leagues will not receive compensation for having their schedule interrupted in 2022 if FIFA elects to move the World Cup to the winter.
“No, no, no,” said FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke in a report from Australia’s SBS. “Compensation is a world you should never use.”
Valcke said a decision will be taken “in principle” by FIFA’s executive committee at their meeting next month, likely in favor of a move to dodge Qatar’s brutal summer heat.
Once that is complete, Valcke will work with league heads on necessary changes in the international calendar.
Though it appears a longshot, a number of clubs and leagues have called for a postponement of next month’s decision in order to discuss the matter further.
In a statement on its official position, the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) asserted that “such an important decision cannot be rushed with artificial deadlines,” calling for a medical assessment of the possible impact of Qatar’s summer conditions on players and fans and a logistical assessment of how a change in the tournament and its qualifying might affect the rest of the football and international sports calendars.
England Drops Euro Hosting Bid
A report from Mirror Online says England has scrapped its plans to bid on hosting the last few matches of Euro 2020.
The country had been ready to lobby for the semifinals and finals of the tournament, which will be based in 13 cities throughout the continent.
However, Istanbul’s failure to land the 2020 Olympics means the Turkish capital, with the backing of UEFA chief Michel Platini, will be given the inside track at hosting the matches.
“We would expect Wembley to host a number of games,” said FA chairman Greg Dyke, “possibly England’s group games.”
Hungary, Netherlands Pick Euro 2020 Candidates
With the 2020 Euro to be held in 13 different countries, Hungary and the Netherlands are angling to be a part of the mix. It now appears likely that those two countries will present Budapest and Amsterdam, respectively, as possible host cities.
“The MLSZ has agreed with the government to bid for hosting rights at Euro 2020,” said Sandor Csanyi, president of Hungary’s football federation, in an AFP report.
Budapest would host in a new 65,000-seat national stadium, scheduled to open in 2017.
Meanwhile, according to a Xinhua report, Amsterdam would seek to use Amsterdam Arena. Though it only currently has a capacity of 53,000, it could be expanded to hold 65,000.
The deadline to confirm bids to UEFA is September 12.
Candidate cities have two options: to bid on group matches or the semifinals and finals.
The European Club Association added 19 clubs and 11 board members at its 11th General Assembly this week in Geneva.
The new clubs bring the total membership to 214. The board features 15 members, including four holdovers.
“I am delighted to be elected for another two-year term and re-appointed as chairman,” said ECA chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “We have achieved a lot in the past, but our mission is not over.”
The ECA also said it would soon clarify a European position on the matter of a possible winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
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