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U-20 World Cup 2007

The FIFA U-20 World Cup 2007 will be held in Canada between June 30 and July 22, 2007.

The host cities are Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Vancouver (Burnaby), and Victoria.

Official tournament site (FIFA)

Canadian Soccer Association

The Canadian U-20 thread

link to old thread from 2004-2006 about the 2007 tournament

Schedule
Match Schedule
Match Schedule (.pdf)
CBC Broadcast Schedule
Another CBC Broadcast Schedule (?)
Telelatino Broadcast Schedule (Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese language broadcasts)

Match dates by city:

DH = Doubleheader (group round)
R-16 = Round of 16
QF = Quarterfinals
SF = Semifinals

Montreal: June 30 (DH), July 3 (DH), July 6 (DH), July 8, July 12 (R-16), July 15 (QF).

Ottawa: June 30 (DH), July 3 (DH), July 6 (DH), July 12 (R-16), July 15 (QF).

Toronto: July 1, July 2 (DH), July 5 (DH), July 8, July 11 (R-16), July 12 (R-16), July 14 (QF), July 19 (SF), July 22 (Final and Third Place match)

Burnaby and Victoria have identical dates: July 1 (DH), July 4 (DH), July 7 (DH), July 11 (R-16).

Edmonton: July 2, July 5 (DH), July 8 (DH), July 11 (R-16), July 12 (R-16), July 14 (QF), July 18 (SF).

Qualifying

As host country, Canada has already qualified.

The 6 teams qualified from UEFA are: Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Spain, Scotland, and Portugal.

Other confederations will hold their qualifiers at later dates. A total of 24 teams will qualify for the finals in Canada.

Links to stadium threads:

Montreal's Olympic Stadium
Toronto's BMO Field
Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium
Vancouver's (Burnaby's) Swangard Stadium
See also this thread

History

The last tournament was in Holland in 2005. The winner was Argentina.
link to official FIFA site for 2005 tournament
link to Xtratime thread
winners of all previous FIFA youth WC tournaments

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Spectator attendance for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 on its way to being huge! (CSA site)

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FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) are pleased to announce that since ticket packages were made available to the public 12 days ago on Saturday, July 15; over 208,000 seats (40% of the stated target of 520,000) have already been sold for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007.

“We are extremely delighted with the success of our national on-sale campaign,” stated Kevan Pipe, CSA’s Chief Operating Officer. “With this type of start, we are now even more confident that we can build on this momentum and reach our goal of 520,000 spectators attending the event next summer. This would break the record for the largest single-sport sporting event ever held in Canada.
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Canada Post will be issuing a commemorative stamp next July in honour of the teen World Cup.
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There is an apparent scheduling conflict between the matches at Toronto's new soccer stadium and the Toronto Grand Prix, which takes place at Exhibition Place on a makeshift road course that surrounds the stadium.

The GP is scheduled for the weekend of July 6-8, 2007. But July 5 and July 8 are double-header matchdays at the soccer stadium in the Group round.

Rescheduling the Champ Car race to a later weekend is problematic, since there are also WC matches scheduled for the weekend of July 14 and of course the Final on July 22.

Holding both a race and a soccer game simultaneously is out of the question.

It's a problem that will have to be resolved soon.

This year's Toronto GP coincided with the World Cup final, and attendance at the race was, predictably, down from the previous year.

Maybe they will cancel the race altogether.
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How much are tickets and how can we buy them online?

And what are the chances that the tickets get sold out? Cause i would want to wait till all teams have qualified and the draw is made, so i could see where Egypt will be playing if we make it.
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The CBC has won Canadian broadcast right to a wide-ranging package of FIFA soccer championships, including the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

The deal also includes the 2007 world under-20 championships, to be held in Toronto, Edmonton, Victoria, Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal. The CBC will act as host broadcaster for the event.
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What does 'acting as host broadcaster' entail exactly ?
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As I understand it, they will supply all of the video feed from each game to all the licensed networks from around the world. That way there's only one set of cameras in the stadium instead of 65.
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I'm thinking of going, is there still a possiblity of getting tickets?

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Single ticket sales haven't started yet.
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You can get them from www.ticketmaster.ca
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FIFA Press Release:

Zurich, 18 October 2006 -

The heat will be on throughout the winter as intense qualification action will be taking place on five continents over the next five months in order to complete the list of the 24 teams that will compete for the title of world champion at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 next summer.

Prior to the kick-off of these qualification matches, the Organising Committee for the FIFA U-20 World Cup met in Zurich yesterday under the leadership of FIFA vice-president and chairman Jack A. Warner (Trinidad & Tobago) and received an impressive status report from members of the Canadian Local Organising Committee (LOC) prior to FIFA's upcoming inspection of the six venue cities of Victoria, Burnaby, Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto (20-26 October).

Chairman Warner expressed his delight with the advanced status of the competition's organisational preparations, the high quality of the LOC presentation and particularly the strong success of the initial ticketing phase, which had reported over 208,000 tickets sold in the span of the first two weeks of the campaign last July.

The committee also took note of the positive development of the signing of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as Host Broadcaster of the competition, which has initiated a phase of strong cooperation and partnership with the Canadian Soccer Association in the run-up to the event.

Furthermore, the committee was pleased to learn about the extensive redevelopment plans for a number of the venues and particularly to hear about the near-completion of the stadium which will host the final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the National Soccer Stadium at Exhibition Place in downtown Toronto.

With seven teams already qualified for the 2007 event - including host Canada and six European representatives (Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Scotland and Spain) - the 17 remaining teams will be decided between 29 October 2006 - when the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) qualification competition kicks off in India - and 25 February 2007, when CONCACAF brings its qualification to a close.

See FIFA.com for each confederation's qualification details.
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got my package for the tournament, and this should be big for canadian soccer. another qtr final appearence or better would be fantastic for canada!!!! Go Canada!!!1
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There is an apparent scheduling conflict between the matches at Toronto's new soccer stadium and the Toronto Grand Prix, which takes place at Exhibition Place on a makeshift road course that surrounds the stadium.

The GP is scheduled for the weekend of July 6-8, 2007. But July 5 and July 8 are double-header matchdays at the soccer stadium in the Group round.

Rescheduling the Champ Car race to a later weekend is problematic, since there are also WC matches scheduled for the weekend of July 14 and of course the Final on July 22.

Holding both a race and a soccer game simultaneously is out of the question.

It's a problem that will have to be resolved soon.

This year's Toronto GP coincided with the World Cup final, and attendance at the race was, predictably, down from the previous year.

Maybe they will cancel the race altogether.
I posted the above almost 5 months ago. The conflict still hasn't been resolved.

According to today's Globe and Mail, "Bruce Thomas, the site chair of the under-20 World Cup, said that neither his group nor race officials were informed about the conflict until eight weeks ago." :eekani:

Maybe the U-20 World Cup organizers should be reading Xtratime to keep up on what's happening in their tournament! :rollani:

Or at least read the daily papers, which is where I got the story last July.

Apparently the date for the Toronto Grand Prix was set more than three years ago. The CSA screwed up again big time!
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The official FIFA U-20 WC website has a good interview with Canadian captain David Edgar.

At 19, he's a veteran of two previous U-20 World Cups!
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Official Draw to be held March 3, 2007 4:30pm EST in Toronto.

The Official Draw is an anticipated event for every country who has earned a berth to this year’s tournament. It will have a major impact on the competition by determining a team’s match dates, home venue and most important, their opponents during group match play. It will set the stage for the tournament and create speculations of early favorites.

NOTE: CBC/Société Radio-Canada will be broadcasting this event live from the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex, 25 British Columbia Road, Exhibition Place, Toronto.

Update: Final list of qualifiers:
Host: Canada
AFC: Japan, Jordan, North Korea, South Korea
CAF: Congo Republic, Gambia, Nigeria, Zambia
CONCACAF: Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, United States
CONMEBOL: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay
OFC: New Zealand
UEFA: Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Scotland

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I posted the above almost 5 months ago. The conflict still hasn't been resolved.
Well, now it has, at long last, and the Portuguese-Canadians of Toronto are not going to be happy with the solution:
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Montreal will benefit from a scheduling clash between the U20 World Cup and Champ Car in Toronto gaining an extra match involving Portugal for Montreal's Olympic Stadium on July 8.

"It’s unfortunate that this schedule conflict of Toronto forces to move the game to another site, but in the same time, we can only be delighted by the coming of a ninth World Cup match here, with a prestigious team", said Francis Millen, president of the Montreal’s World Cup site organizing Committee.

"We have never hesitated to accept the offer of taking this match when Toronto’s organizing Committee has find itself in deadlock because Champ car race taking place downtown Toronto. We had already accepted to take up the challenge of presenting international calibre soccer in Olympic Stadium. This match with Portugal will permit us to offer even more to Quebec’s soccer fans who know well the value of Portuguese players. This will surely be noticed at the ticket office", concluded Millien.

Because FIFA has already announced that the Portugal team would be first rank in Toronto, it was already known that the July 8 match would involve Portuguese representatives.
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What a black eye for the CSA!
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