AMMAN: Preparations are underway in Jordan to host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016 with the participation of the finest teams in the world of women’s football.

The event will mark the first international tournament of its kind in the Middle East.

Samar Nassar, ceo of the U-17 Women’s World Cup Local Organizing Committee, stressed that the honour of hosting such an event was the fruit of the relentless efforts of His Royal Highness Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein, president of the Jordan Football Association in the field of the development of women’s football.

She added that His Royal Highness is monitoring closely the general strategic plans designed to render the tournament successful and the steps required to ensure the readiness of stadiums.

Nassar stated that the Local Organizing Committee is constantly working toward implementing His Royal Highness’ directions in order to improve the quality of work.

She added that the Organizing Committee is also currently coordinating with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to embark on the implementation stage.

The Local Organizing Committee’s request to host the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2016 has received backing from the Jordanian Government which pledged to offer all that is necessary to deliver a world-class tournament, including the rehabilitation of four sports cities to host matches, in addition to the provision of 17 other fields for training purposes to be used by the participating teams and a special field for the purpose of training referees.

These stadiums and facilities will have a great impact on the development of Jordanian football as they will be available for use after the end of the tournament.

The first U-17 Women’s World Cup was held in New Zealand in 2008 with the North Korean team winning the title. Trinidad and Tobago was the host country of the second edition in 2010 and South Korea won the title. As for the third tournament, it was held in Azerbaijan in 2012 and France managed to clinch the title. Costa Rica hosted the 2014 edition that was won by the Japanese team.

* Sent on behalf of the Local Organizing Committee of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup – Jordan 2016.
* Attached photo: Prince Ali’s visit to the headquarters of the Local Organizing Committee of FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup on August 26, 2014.