FIFA has unveiled the official mascot for upcoming under-20 football world cup in 2015. The mascot has been named as “Wooliam” which is a black sheep. 2015 Fifa U-20 world cup will be played from 30 May to 20 June in New Zealand. Tournament’s official mascot was declared at Auckland’s Santa Parade.
FIFA U-20 World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO Dave Beeche said, “We are very fond of Wooliam and feel that he embodies the passion, colour and excitement that are synonymous with this tournament. It was very satisfying to see the crowds enjoying him as much as we do.”
“We appreciate that around the globe New Zealand is associated with sheep so we thought why not embrace that but add an extra twist by making him the coolest black sheep ever, a young Kiwi with cheek and attitude.”
Thierry Weil (FIFA marketing director) said, “Wooliam is a great character who embodies New Zealand and its people. It will be very nice to see how he will become the face of the tournament, and how he will be interacting with fans of all ages during the upcoming months. A mascot is a fantastic tool to present the values and qualities of a country to the world.”
Wooliam will be visiting schools, shopping malls and other social functions to explore the tournament until June when the world cup begins.