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No change to Oceania World Cup play-off path

Frankfurt – At its meeting in Frankfurt today – Thursday, 4 December – the FIFA executive ratified ticket prices for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Chaired by President Joseph S. Blatter, the Executive Committee acceded to the proposal put forward by the Ticketing Sub-Committee presided over by vice-president, David Will.

The executive decided that, in addition to the play-off already fixed between CONCACAF and AFC, CONMEBOL’s representative should meet Oceania’s representative to settle the four half slots for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Decisions as to the exact match timings in November 2005 and which team should play the first leg at home will be passed by the Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup at a later date.

With regard to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the executive will reach a decision on the host at a meeting in Zurich on 15 May 2004. Furthermore, it confirmed that, as a matter of principle, only one association will be entitled to host a FIFA World Cup.

The committee also:

– ratified the decision from the Board of FIFA Marketing & TV AG regarding a new strategy for marketing media rights

– decided, at the request of the Committee for Security Matters and Fair Play, to introduce a standardised global FIFA fair play plan covering substance and form that will be applied by the various bodies (FIFA, confederations, associations, leagues, clubs etc.) throughout the football world

– noted reports from the chairmen of the various organising committees regarding the latest news on the current U-20 World Youth Championship in the United Arab Emirates and the status quo on preparations for FIFA competitions in 2004 (Olympic Football Tournaments Athens, U-19 Women’s World Championship Thailand, Futsal World Championship Chinese Taipei).

The entire Executive Committee voiced its unconditional approval of FIFA President Blatter’s appeal for more discipline and respect for the football bodies of FIFA, the confederations and associations and, consequently, for their respective committees.

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