Corica announced as FIFA FanFest amabassador

Club legend Steve Corica is the official Ambassador for the Sydney International FIFA Fan Fest™, which kicks off on Friday 11 June 2010.

Former Socceroo and Sydney FC captain Steve Corica is the official Ambassador for the Sydney International FIFA Fan Fest™, which kicks off in just six days- time with an opening celebration on Friday 11 June 2010.

Major Events Minister Kevin Greene was on hand today with Steve, Zakumi the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ mascot and young football players from Sydney to launch the countdown.

Mr Greene said Corica, who retired earlier this year after leading Sydney FC to Hyundai A-League Grand Final victory, will make appearances at the event and is encouraging Sydneysiders to be part of the unique festival of football fever.

“This is yet more proof that Sydney is Australia-s events capital and one of the most important sporting cities in the World,” Mr Greene said.

“I-m very honoured to be the official ambassador for Sydney International FIFA Fan Fest™ and excited about what it means for our city and for football in our country, especially as I-m now coach of Sydney FC-s youth team I anticipate this event will help to inspire kids and young players,” said Corica.

“The scale of the Sydney International FIFA Fan Fest™ is massive. With the giant screens floating on Cockle Bay, family friendly activities, fun football activities for the kids and acts like Rogue Traders, Hayley Warner and Mark Vincent, there-s something for everyone to enjoy every day over four weeks and it-s all free.

“It-s not just about the matches at night - it-s a very family friendly event with plenty of activities for kids of all ages to enjoy in the afternoon and early evening as well as the nightly program.

“I think this event is an amazing opportunity for Sydney to join the worldwide football family in a way we-ve never had before and I-m really looking forward to seeing people engaging in what football is all about.

“Of course I also want to see everyone at the Fan Fest to watch their favourite teams and the Socceroos playing their first matches - I want the crowd cheering so loudly that the boys will hear it in South Africa as they take the field.”

The first week of the Sydney International FIFA Fan Fest™ four week program was released today, with highlights such as:

• Opening celebration on stage and water from 9:20pm Friday 11 June • Appearances by players from Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners and Matildas • Live performances from bands such as Spiderbait and Rogue Traders • The Big Issue Street Soccer competition played on a floating pitch • Punter Panels on stage in Cockle Bay between match broadcasts - your chance to have your say on the games • Roving DJs • FFA kids football workshops • Hyundai Car giveaways • Sony Sing Star karaoke and PS3 Football Challenge

Family friendly activities include:

• Appearances by Zakumi, the 2010 FIFA World Cup TM Mascot • Learn the Diski Dance - official dance of the 2010 FIFA World Cup TM • Football trivia competitions • Football Federation Australia skills activities • Multicultural music, performances, community workshops and entertainment facilitated by the likes of Rhythm Brazil, Team Beat and Doudoumba • Football skills and tricks with the Trick Stars

As the crowd warms up to each night-s live match broadcasts, performances will take place on the floating stage from 8pm. In Week One, top entertainers from a broad range of music styles will entertain the crowd:

• Saturday 12 June - Spiderbait • Sunday 13 June - Rogue Traders • Monday 14 June - Mark Vincent • Tuesday 15 June - La La Femme • Wednesday 16 June - Gerard Masters • Thursday 17 June - Cassette Kids • Friday 18 June - Cassie Davis

Daily program details will be available at link or register online to receive email updates.

The best way to get to the event is by public transport. Additional trains and buses will operate through the night to ensure fans have and easy access to and from the Sydney International Fan Fest. To plan your journey by public transport visit or call the Transport Infoline on 131 500.