Australia’s World cup bid will be tabled in Zurich in just over 30 days and it has been announced that Australia will be the first on stage to present their case. Meaning it will have to be absolutely superb, as the following bidders have a chance to remain fresher in those voting’s minds.
What is a concern is the email sent out this week from the FFA in relation to filming a scene for their presentation. This was meant to take place on Monday night but due to bad weather had to be abandoned.
The email sent out on Tuesday stated:
“We are now trying to pull together between 300-400 people for crowd reaction shots to a series of activities that will be happening at the SFS on the Field of Play tomorrow night (3 Nov).”
“This won’t be easy based on the time we have to get people together, So……….at the risk of sounding like I’m begging……WE NEED YOU and would be extremely grateful if you and your families/friends could spare some time to join us to star as a supporter in the Final Presentation.”
“The details are: Wed 3 November: 6.45pm – 11.30pm
Sydney Football Stadium (Driver Avenue)
Parking: MP 1 (please park on the left hand side as you enter), if this parking is full Fox Studios is $6 after 6pm
Dress: Supporter gear – Australian shirts, scarf, flag etc (whatever they would normally wear to a match – bring it all!) and an alternative shirt.”
First of all why did they not film an authentic crowd when the Socceroos played? Or even ask fans who are attending the game to get there early or stay on after to film this scene?
Then there is the fact that there are two A League fixtures this evening, so they are pulling people away from watching these on Fox.
Thirdly it is yet another why is this being left until so late? Surely your bid presentation should be all but done a month out, and you are simply practicing the presentation itself?
Finally, the request was also published on Facebook and it was interesting to see the negative feedback on yet another World Cup bid event being hosted in Sydney. As the bid is based on the Public’s support does the FFA not think that rival bidders will be monitoring such responses?
We desperately want the World Cup in Australia, but when we witness issues such as this question whether we have the professionalism to pull it off, and still feel the failure to engage the nation, will be Australia’s downfall.