OREANDA-NEWS. January 09, 2012. FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012 to be held in Azerbaijan from 22 September to 13 October is one of the major sporting events in 2012, and according to the agreement signed between Xalq Bank and FIFA, the Bank will be the national sponsor of the event.

According to the Azerbaijani Bank, sponsorship implies a range of activities in collaboration with the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan (AFFA) to disseminate information about the championship among the population.

"For the first time in its history Azerbaijan has been selected the host country of the championship. It is expected that football stadiums in different cities will be visited by up to 500,000 people, and more than 125 countries will be able to watch on television the tournament to involve 16 strongest teams of the world, including the national team of Azerbaijan. This is not the first time when Xalq Bank sponsors a sporting event of such scale. In 2008, the Bank was broadcast sponsor of European Football Championship EURO 2008. From the day of its foundation Xalq Bank has been supporting sporting events of both the national and international level. Active support of sport answers to social responsibility principles by which Xalq Bank is guided,” the Bank said.