The Hon. Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport) and Joseph Blatter, FIFA President. Photo by the Canadian Soccer Association
The six 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada official host cities were announced May 4th, including Edmonton, AB (Commonwealth Stadium); Moncton, NB (Stade Moncton 2010); Montreal, QC (Saputo Stadium); Ottawa, ON (Frank Clair Stadium); Vancouver, BC (BC Place) and Winnipeg, MB (Investors Group Field).
The inaugural WWC in China 1991 featured 12 teams. After expanding to 16 teams and 32 matches for USA 1999, Canada will be first to host 24 teams in a 52 match schedule.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter spoke at the press conference in Parliament Hill and boasted that the 2015 WWC will be the “biggest international event for Canada, even [compared] to the Olympics.”
Seven cities were included in the initial bid process, but Halifax opted out in March due to funding issues related to building a new stadium. Three years prior, the City of Halifax announced a $100,000 feasibility study of the proposed project.
Toronto, on the other hand, will not host due to 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games commitments, which were awarded to the city in 2009, two years prior to the WWC bid submission. The PanAms will run from July 10-26, which overlaps with the WWC’s expected mid-June to mid-July schedule. Local stakeholders, such as Tourism Toronto, elected not to submit a WWC bid.
The press conference was hosted by former Canadian Women’s National Team member Kara Lang, and Canadian Soccer Association Long-Term Player Development Manager and former WNT coach Sylvie Béliveau. They spoke about the impact of hosting a WWC on boy’s and girls’ youth soccer.
FIFA reports that 29 million women and girls around the world play soccer, including 350,000 in Canada.
“It’s beneficial for [soccer] in Canada to spread the game from coast-to-coast, the first time that it’s ever happened,” said Jason de Vos from TSN studios in Toronto. “If you spread [the matches] from coast to coast, you give young players from around the country an opportunity to see live international football, the best players in the women’s game on Canadian soil.”
In 2011, TSN became the official Canadian broadcaster of FIFA soccer (rights from 2015 to 2022). Broadcasting rights were held in previous years by CBC.
CanWNT players Karina Leblanc and Rhian Wilkinson were also in Ottawa. The pair met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper earlier in the day.
In addition to the WWC, Canada will also stage the U-20 WWC in the preceding year. Host cities for that tournament are yet to be announced.
The CanWNT is currently on break from residency camp. The seventh-ranked team in the world will play China in Moncton in Stade Moncton 2010, a host venue of the 2015 WWC, May 30 in their London Olympic send-off match. They will then face the USA June 30 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, as well as Switzerland prior to the Olympics.
Women’s Olympic Football Tournament London 2012
*Listed in local time, aside from CanWNT matches
Game #1: GBR vs. New Zealand, Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), 4PM
Game #2: Japan vs. Canada, City of Coventry Stadium (Coventry), 5PM (12PM ET)
Game #3: USA vs. France, Hampden Park (Glasgow), 5PM
Game #4: Cameroon vs. Brazil, Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), 6:45PM
Game #5: Sweden vs. S Africa, City of Coventry Stadium (Coventry), 7:45PM
Game #6: Colombia vs. Korea DPR, Hampden Park (Glasgow), 7:45PM
Game #7: Japan vs. Sweden, City of Coventry Stadium (Coventry), 12PM
Game #8: New Zealand vs. Brazil, Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), 2:30PM
Game #9: Canada vs. South Africa, City of Coventry Stadium (Coventry), 2:45PM (9:45AM ET)
Game #10: USA vs. Colombia, Hampden Park (Glasgow), 5PM
Game #11: GBR vs. Cameroon, Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), 5:15PM
Game #12: France vs. Korea DPR, Hampden Park (Glasgow), 7:45PM
Game #13: Japan vs. South Africa, Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), 2:30PM
Game #14: Canada vs. Sweden, St James’ Park (Newcastle), 2:30PM (9:30AM ET)
Game #15: USA vs. Korea DPR, Old Trafford (Manchester), 5:15PM
Game #16: France vs. Colombia, St James’ Park (Newcastle), 5:15PM
Game #17: New Zealand vs. Cameroon, City of Coventry Stadium, 7:45PM
Game #18: Great Britain vs. Brazil, Wembley Stadium (London), 7:45PM
August 3 (Quarter-Finals)
Game #19: Winner of Group F vs. Second Place in Group G, Hampden Park (Glasgow), 12PM
Game #20: Winner of Group G vs. Third Place in Group E or F, St James’ Park (Newcastle), 2:30PM
Game #21: Second Place in Group E vs. Second Place in Group F, Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), 5PM
Game #22: Winner of Group E vs. Third Place in Group F or G, City of Coventry Stadium (Coventry), 7:30PM
August 6 (Semi-Finals)
Game #23: W of #19 vs. W of #21, Wembley Stadium (London), 5PM
Game #24: W of #22 vs. W of #20, Old Trafford (Manchester), 7:45PM
August 9 (Third/Fourth Place, Finals)
Game #25: L of #24 vs. L of #23, City of Coventry Stadium (Coventry), 1PM
Game #26: W of #24 vs. W of #23, Wembley Stadium (London), 7:45PM
Originally posted on RedNationOnline.
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