The second day of March 2011 saw the start of the FIFA/Local Organizing Committee management Board meetings at the FIFA office in Zurich. Their main agenda is the 2014 FIFA World Cup which will be hosted by “football country” Brazil. The meeting was graced with the members of the board who are representatives of the senior management of FIFA and the LOcal Organizing Committee. The Local organizing Committee is led by its president Ricardo Teixeira.

The meeting revolved around the operational aspects of the preparation of the tournaments and other competition related events such as the preliminary draw that is to be held on July 30, 2011. After the inaugural session, FIFA and the Local organizing Committee will meet every two or three months for updates.

During the opening of the inaugural session, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter said, “This board meeting is an important forum for the preparation of the FIFA Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup, which will be our main focus for the next three years. It is very good to see the commitment and progress made by the Local Organising Committee.”

“With the São Paulo stadium contract finalised and all FIFA World Cup stadiums now confirmed, we can focus on the operational aspects of the tournament preparations with special attention to our first major event on Brazilian soil – the Preliminary Draw in less than four months,” explained the LOC President at the conclusion of the first board session.