BANGKOK (8 April 2011) – An inspection panel from FIFA visited the potential venues for next year’s FIFA Futsal World Cup to be held in Thailand. The inspection team led by Jaime Yarza, Senior Manager Futsal Competitions, expressed their delight at the level of preparations by the local organisers.

“They have done an excellent job and I would like to congratulate them for their efforts. This also shows that the local organisers had done a lot of work to prepare for this visit. We were especially pleased with the hospitality which Thailand is so famous for,” said Yarza.

He said some officials from FIFA were in Thailand for the first time and were already looking forward to returning to the country.

Yarza explained that the FIFA officials would compile a report to be submitted to the Futsal Organising Committee which will then evaluate the various venues.

He said a final decision on the venues would be done by the FIFA Executive Committee in late September.

Yarza was accompanied by Delia Fischer, FIFA Media Relations Manager, Marc Pallioppi, Marketing Event Manager and Ignacio, Vicente, FIFA Consultant, FIFA Futsal World Cup.

FA of Thailand President, Datuk Worawi Makudi, also thanked the inspection committee for visiting the various venues .

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