Venues for U-20s inspected

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

FIFA vice-president Jack Warner gave the B.C. venues for soccer's 2007 Under-20 World Cup a passing grade.

"Everything I've seen so far, I have no reason to doubt," said Warner, who toured Victoria's Royal Athletic Park Friday and Burnaby's Swangard Stadium Saturday.

Burnaby and Victoria host opening round doubleheaders July 1, 4 and 7 and a round-of-16 playoff July 11. FIFA's second biggest tournament kicks off June 30 in Montreal and Ottawa and ends with the July 22 final in Toronto's new BMO Field.

Joining host Canada are Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal, Scotland and Spain. Another 17 berths are available.

City of Burnaby and Canadian Soccer Association are spending $500,000 to upgrade Swangard, which will be expanded to seat 10,000.

Warner, also president of the North and Central American and Caribbean Confederation (CONCACAF), said the 2007 tournament would be a good foundation for Canada's bid to host the 2011 Women's World Cup. Warner's FIFA delegation visits Ottawa today.


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