Tokyo – Japan, Sept 7, 2012: Closing Ceremony:- The final match of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012, which kicked off at the Miyagi Stadium on 19 August, will be played at the National Stadium in Tokyo on 8 September. A 10-minute closing ceremony will take place before the final, from 19:00, in honour of the four finalists, USA, Germany, Nigeria, and Japan, the fans and all the participants of the tournament.
The ceremony will begin with a performance by Nogizaka 46, who sings the Official Song of the tournament, “Hito Wa Naze Hashirunoka?” The captain of the unit, Reika Sakurai explained, “This song is dedicated to people who are working hard to reach their dreams. Watching the players give their all on the field gives us courage, and so we want to cheer them on.”
There will also be a performance by a female band formed especially for this day featuring both Western and Japanese instruments. The symbol of the tournament, origami cranes, bearing people’s hopes and dreams on their wings, handcrafted in the 5 venues – Hiroshima, Kobe, Miyagi, Saitama, and Tokyo – as well as in many other parts of Japan will be carried onto the pitch to the music. They will be followed by the flags of the finalist nations and celebrated by brilliant fireworks, which are also part of the tournament theme.
At the same time, the Tokyo Tower, symbol of Tokyo, will be lit up in blue and pink, 2 colours used in the Official Emblem of the tournament, to sensationally celebrate great success of this festive tournament.
During half-time of the Final between USA and Germany, Coach Norio Sasaki and players of the Japan Women’s National Team including the captain Aya Miyama will make an appearance to say a few words.
Immediately after the Final, an awards ceremony will take place. Medals will be awarded to the champion, runners-up, and for third place and individual awards such as for the highest scorers and best players will also be given. These awards will be presented by FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, the Chairman of the Local Organising Committee Junji Ogura, and other dignitaries. And the trophy awarded to the winning team will be carried to the stage by Aya Miyama, who is also a Tournament Ambassador. —- FIFA