Today (24 March) the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior invited the representatives of countries taking part in the Women’s Football World Cup 2011 in Germany to an informational event held at the Federal Foreign Office.
Germany has again taken on the role of hosting a very important football event, the sixth FIFA Women’s World Cup, which takes place from 26 June to 17 July 2011. The task of the German Government is to provide a fitting framework for the important sporting event. This includes extensive governmental guarantees on security, questions of entry and exit, but also questions of protocol.
Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office Cornelia Pieper said on the occasion of the event:
“Given its popularity today, it is hard to imagine that women’s football was still banned in the clubs of the German Football Association in the early 70s. The German women’s national team is now among the best in the world. The excitement over holding the World Cup in our own country is growing daily. The attendant positive development of girls’ and women’s football worldwide pleases me especially.”
“We have already successfully tested and finalized the preparations and plans in the U-20 World Cup in 2010,” said the Parliamentary State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, Christoph Bergner. “We are looking forward to a peaceful, cheerful international sports festival with women, families and children as its focus. We are ready for the Summer World Cup 2011.”
In addition to the host, Germany, the following countries are taking part in the World Cup: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Equatorial Guinea, France, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, North Korea, Norway, Sweden, and the United States of America.