Turkey will be hosting the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013 after it was decided in Zürich.

Turkey has reached the hosting rights of the championship to outstrip the other candidates which are Uzbekistan and United Arab Emirates (UAE). Turkey has documented in its bid dossier book that 10 cities which are Antalya, Bursa, Gaziantep, Bursa, İstanbul, İzmir, Kayseri, Manisa, Rize, Şanlıurfa, Trabzon and 13 stadiums will host the tournament that will secure Turkey’s position in the world football scene. The host cities of the championship will be determined finally, after the site visits of FIFA officials.

In his speech after the announcement of the host country, TFF’s vice president Mr. Lutfi Arıboğan said: ”We are honoured to be here today, receiving the hosting rights of FIFA U20 World Cup 2013 to be held in Turkey which 24 countries will participate it. We are glad to receive our efforts that has been continued approximately 6 months. Our President, Prime minister, Sports Minister, General Directorate of Youth and Sports President, Turkish clubs and also our government from the ministries to the municipalities of the candidate cities, provided all the necessary support to host the FIFA U20 World Cup. We are grateful to them. We also thank to Mr. Şenes Erzik, our honourary president and FIFA Executive Committee Member.”