The Bangkok Futsal Arena is not ready to host the 2012 Futsal World Cup according to FIFA.

The decision was announced on the FIFA website and was taken after an inspection group, including safety and security experts, carried out a thorough evaluation of the stadium site in the Nong Chok district.

Thailand planned to use the 1.2 billion baht stadium to host the quarter-final rounds on November 14th, the semi-final rounds on November 16th and the final on November 18th.

But the statement released by the football governing body said it will not be ready for the matches.

Although further significant progress has been made, including the installation of a pitch, the key criteria laid out following the committee's meeting last Wednesday has not been sufficiently met. It included the safety of spectators, teams and all other visitors.

The statement said: "Such a fundamental issue, as well as the functionality of core services and facilities, cannot be compromised."

The quarter-final matches will now be played at Nimitbutr Gymnasium. The semi-finals and final will be hosted at Hua Mark Indoor Stadium.


Posted on 06/11/2012