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SBD Global/September 25, 2013/International Football

Football Notes: CAF Reveals Host Cities Of 2015 Africa Cup Of Nations In Morocco

The Confederation of African Football's exec committee "has revealed the host cities for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco." Rabat, Marrakech, Agadir and Tangier "will host the matches" for the Jan. 17-Feb. 7 tournament. Morocco's largest city, Casablanca, will be the "alternative'' or reserve venue (BBC, 9/23). ... The Greek Super League board of directors, the governing body of Greece's top flight, met Tuesday "to confirm the return of the 16-club format by the 2015-16 season." It has also been reported that "another major change may be on the cards with the SL ruling on whether to bring in a relegation play-off for the ongoing campaign" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 9/24). ... The KwaZulu-Natal Province, the City of Durban and IEC in Sports Int'l Events & Communications "will unveil details of a new international tournament and world-class sports development centre at the Soccerex African Forum, which takes place at the city’s Moses Mabhida Stadium" on Oct. 1-2 (SOCCEREX, 9/24). ... FIFA said that the Israeli and Palestinian FAs "will each appoint a liaison officer to facilitate the movement of players in and out of the Palestinian territories." Israeli FA Chair Avi Luzon and his Palestinian counterpart, Jibril Rajoub, "met in Zurich on Monday in a session chaired by FIFA President Sepp Blatter." He "has pledged to help ease travel restrictions imposed by Israel, which cites security concerns" (REUTERS, 9/23). ... Spanish Football League (LFP) President Javier Tebas "has claimed that the league’s kick off times could change to reach more fans in the Middle East and North Africa." Tebas also stated that "the region could play host to a number of friendlies between Primera Division clubs, and hopes that a bigger relationship between the league and the Arab world will develop over the next few years" (INSIDE SPANISH FOOTBALL, 9/24). ... The FA of Singapore has announced its plans to host a FIFA World Youth Championships. FAS is eyeing either the '17 or '19 championships (FAS).
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