The first whistle
of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa
will be blown on 11 June 2010 and the final
game will take place on July 11.
The 2010 start dates were announced
by the FIFA Executive Committee at
the conclusion of its two-day meeting in
"The Executive Committee also
expressed satisfaction on the
status of preparations for the 2010 FIFA
World Cup in South Africa and underlined its
support for the Local Organising Committee
(LOC)," the official FIFA website said.
According to the phases outlined by
the LOC, stadium construction was
to have started in January next year, but
construction work at some stadiums has
The preliminary draw to
pick which teams will play against each
other in the soccer tournament in 2010, will
be held in Durban on 23 November 2007.
Ahead of the major international
showpiece, the FIFA Confederations
Cup will also be hosted in South Africa in
2009 at some of the stadiums designated for
2010 FIFA World Cup matches.
The Confederations Cup will be
staged in Port Elizabeth,
Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Pretoria and
Rustenburg from 14 to 27 June 2009.
The Executive Committee also
indicated the World Cup in 2014
would be hosted by a South American country
in line with the rotation policy it decided
on in May 2002.
The Committee has now opened
the official bidding procedure for South
American member associations.
"If only one association submits a
bid and if this association meets
all requirements, the procedure will be
accelerated," the Executive Committee said.
A decision on the host country will be
announced in November 2007.
The Executive Committee
approved the construction of 25 artificial
turf pitches, one each in 25 African FIFA
member states at a cost of 18.5 million US
This is part of the "Win in Africa with
The "Football for a Better World"
fund, which incorporates "Win in
Africa with Africa", implements and supports
sporting and humanitarian projects in
underprivileged regions worldwide.