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FIFA Women's World Cup: Getting ready to host the semifinals and final!

Published on 12 April 2019 at 12:00 PM
Coupe du Monde Féminine de la FIFA : le stade se prépare déjà pour les demi-finales et la finale !
A few months before the Women's World Cup, Groupama Stadium is preparing to host the semifinals and the final of this global event. Tania MICHAUD (Site Manager) and Gilles NOAH (Volunteer Program Manager in Lyon), members of the Local Organizing Committee, explained to us in more detail their role and that of the many volunteers who will soon see the stadium in person when they attend two big OL Women's team matches.

For several months, the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) of the FIFA Women's World Cup has been preparing the city of Lyon for the competition. Working out of sight, the teams are expanding each week to ensure that all goes smoothly during the three games to be held at Groupama Stadium.

 

Some fifteen people work daily in the heart of the stadium to solve all the problems related to organizing an international event. Security, logistics, media credentials, transport ... Tania MICHAUD, as Site Manager, organizes and coordinates all the operations that take place at the stadium and its immediate surroundings.

 

It's a World Cup, with the same FIFA standards that apply for men, an event broadcast worldwide, and we have a great work tool: one of the most beautiful stadiums. It's rare that a city other than the capital of a country is chosen to host a final. It's fair, a nod to all the work done by the Club and President Jean-Michel Aulas, who have long supported women's football. It makes us all proud to work here.  

 

Volontaires OL

Leaders of the nine competition sites gathered at a seminar organized in Paris.

 

The LOC can also count on many volunteers. For over a year, Gilles NOAH, Volunteer Program Manager in Lyon, has been in charge of recruitment and training. Four hundred people will be mobilized in Lyon, the largest contingent among the nine host cities (2,500 people throughout the country).

 

We have a huge need for volunteers for the whole organization of an event like this, they are indispensable! All profiles are represented: 18-year-olds and 80-year-olds, executives, retirees, students... Everyone can volunteer, whether you have experience or not. The richness of the volunteer program is its diversity!

 

The majority of the volunteers will be needed the day before matches and on match days to reinforce all sectors of activity - mainly welcoming the spectators.

 

The main reason for recruitment is motivation. Some come to meet people, including strangers from around the world, others just want to give their time because they are retired. The motivations are different, but what is certain is that they are the best ambassadors for the Women's World Cup, the Stadium, the Club and the Host City.

 

Volontaires Lyon OL

Volunteer gathering day in Lyon.

 

To see just how stadium operations work during a high-level match, all volunteers were invited to attend two OL Women's team matches at Groupama Stadium: against Paris-Saint Germain (Saturday, April 13) and Chelsea (Sunday, April 21). The volunteers will attend two prestigious games featuring numerous international stars, followed a few months later by the best national teams in the world. Gilles explains:

 

They'll be able to see the stadium and share the beginning of their volunteering adventure with their children, their spouses, their friends... They are delighted! After the day of gathering volunteers a few weeks ago, the arrival at the stadium premises, and now these two games, we're ready. We can't wait!

 

 


About the Local Organizing Committee

 

FIFA entrusted the organization of the Women's World Cup to the FFF, via the Local Organizing Committee, which is responsible for tournament planning, staff recruitment, stadium events and ticket marketing.

The LOC aims to welcome the best in women's world football by offering fantastic experiences, a festive spirit, history and a rich and exciting heritage.

 

First semifinal: Tuesday, July 2 at 21h00 CET

Second semifinal: Wednesday, July 3 at 21h00 CET

Final: Sunday, July 7 at 17h00 CET

 

Ettie OL

Ettie, the mascot of the FIFA Women's World Cup, with the trophy.

 

The Club is pleased to welcome the LOC in the stadium for the organization of the FIFA Women's World Cup and hopes that this event will be a huge celebration!

 

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