Colombia U 20 World Cup Effects Of Organizing A Sport Mega Event On A Nation Struggling Economically

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Running head: FIFA U-20 World CupFIFA 2011 U-20 World Cup ColombiaSPG 313 - Power, Politics & International Sport GovernanceDr. Emese IvanJavier PintoSt. John's UniversityApril 26, 2011IntroductionSoccer, most notably known as Futbol or Football in other corners of the world is a sport that has the strongest, passionate and most loyal fan base of any other major sport in the world. The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is the lone entity in charge of managing this sport on an international level. It organizes some of the most important mega events in the world on both male and female landscapes. The FIFA U-20 World Cup is the worlds ...view middle of the document...

"The most important legacy after the World Cup is over is the culture of watching football live without nets, safe, and with the whole family," says U-20 World Cup Director Rodrigo Jose Cobo Morales. "Football is a phenomenon which manages to unite people, nations, and if used as a weapon to pacify the world it would surely be the most effective of all" (Associated Press, Wordfolio UK). FIFA also offers a Financial Assistance Program (FAP), which was created to help member associations and confederations with financial support to created sport for development programs in their nations. In Colombia to go along with the U-20 World Cup, FAP funds were used to develop the GOAL program, which is a FIFA created program that allows each member association of FIFA to receive funding for football development projects that respond to the special needs of their national associations. The Goal Project in Colombia was approved in 2004. The plans were to build technical centers in Bogota, Medellin and Cali, the three largest cities in Colombia. The centers will comprise of three football pitches, dressing rooms and a three- storey building to be used as a hotel and offices.The U-20 World Cup is the world championship consisting of world national teams, with male players under the age of 20. Unlike the World Cup, this tournament is organized every two years since its inception in 1977 in Tunisia. It is also the second longest running tournament organized by FIFA. The tournament was officially known as the FIFA Coca-Cola Cup until 1997 and the World Youth Cup until 2005. Many top players in the world have participated in this tournament including, Luis Figo, Lionel Messi, Maradona, Xavi, Iniesta and Aguero to name a few. In 1997 the participant field was expanded from 16 teams to 24 teams. In order to qualify for this tournament, 179 associations participated in their respective confederation Youth Championships. These tournaments were held from November 13, 2009 through April 29, 2011. Outside of the host nation 23 teams qualified: UEFA (Europe) 6, AFC (Asia) 4, CONMEBOL (South America) 4, CAF (Arica) 4, CONCACAF North, Central and Caribbean) 4 and 1 for the OFC (Oceania). Once all the teams are set for the tournament the host country hold a lottery drawing to place four teams into six different groups. When the tournament ends there are four awards that are handed out. The Golden Ball award is awarded to the player who plays the most outstanding football during the tournament, the Golden Shoe is awarded to the top scorer of the tournament, the Golden Gloves is awarded to the best goalkeeper and the FIFA Fair Play Award is given to the team who has the best fair play record during the tournament. The tournament truly serves as a platform for emerging talents as well as bringing the spotlight to the host nation. These were the 24 nations that participated in the 2011 U-20 World Cup.Colombia, It's Image and FutbolColombia has long been trying to host one of...

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