(WFI) World Football INSIDER looks ahead to the key events in the global football business.
FIFA’s World Cup Inspection Tour
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke is back in Brazil for his latest check-up on World Cup preparations. Today, he is in Porto Alegre. LOC board members Ronaldo and Bebeto and sports minister Aldo Rebelo are accompanying him. He will meet the deputy governor of Rio Grande do Sul, Beto Grill, and the deputy mayor Sebastião Melo.
Valcke’s FIFA delegation heads to Cuiabá later on Monday, where they will meet the governor of Mato Grosso, Silval Barbosa, and the mayor of the city, Mauro Mendes. A stadium visit is scheduled for Tuesday morning. The Frenchman wraps up his host city tour with an LOC Board meeting and press conference on Thursday in Rio de Janeiro.
First Football at Queen’s Home
Buckingham Palace will host its first official football match today, a game between two amateur sides, to mark the Football Association’s 150th anniversary. Civil Service FC, one of the founding teams that established the FA on in 1863, will play Polytechnic FC, which was formed in 1875. Both are members of the Southern Amateur League. The Duke of Cambridge, president of the FA, will host the event.
CONCACAF Women’s Under-17 Championship Draw
CONCACAF will today announce the official draw and logo unveiling of its Women’s Under-17 Championship in Jamaica 2013. The draw will be conducted at 11 am EST at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in Montego Bay, Jamaica. CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb will oversee the draw made by general secretary Enrique Sanz. Seven teams from across the region will join host Jamaica for the Championship, to be played from October 30 to November 9, in search of one of the region’s two tickets to the 2014 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup to be hosted in Costa Rica.
Leaders in Football
The two-day Leaders in Football conference, now in its sixth year, kicks off at Chelsea FC on Wednesday. The event brings more than together 1000 senior football executives from international clubs, Leagues, federations and brands.
New Football Association chairman, Greg Dyke, will open Leaders in Football.
Other speakers on day one include FIFA Exco member Sunil Gulati, who heads the US Soccer Federation, and Harold Mayne-Nichols, who chaired FIFA’s evaluation committee for the 2018/2022 World Cup bids. He is expected to have strong views on FIFA’s decision last week to set up a consultation group to assess whether the Qatar World Cup should be moved to winter.
British sports minister Hugh Robertson and former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, now marketing director at Dutch football giants Ajax, are among other speakers on the conference’s opening day.
Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP Group, gives the keynote speech on Friday morning. The story of BT Sport’s rapid rise to prominence as a major player in sports broadcasting will told by BT chief executive Gavin Patterson in a later session.
Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck and Juventus president Andrea Agnelli are among other speakers on day two.
World Football INSIDER will provide on-the-scene coverage from the conference.
By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson
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