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FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 in Canada

Next week FIFA will announce who will host the 2015 Women's World Cup.

There are only two bidders: Canada and Zimbabwe.

The winner will also host the 2014 Women's U-20 World Cup
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Canada has been selected as host of the 2015 Women's World Cup by the FIFA Executive Committee.

Canada also was chosen to stage the 2014 Women's Under-20 World Cup as part of the process, marking the first time the country will host a FIFA event since the 2007 men's Under-20 World Cup.

"We would like to thank FIFA for entrusting the Canadian Soccer Association with this prestigious event," Canadian Soccer Association President Dominic Maestracci said in a statement released by the CSA.

"We are committed to the growth of women's soccer both in Canada and internationally and anticipate that this event will be another successful FIFA competition that will have a lasting impact on the sport in this country."

Canada, which lost to Germany to be the host of the 2011 Women's World Cup, became the only contender for the 2015 event on Monday when Zimbabwe withdrew as the only remaining challenger.

The announcement came after a two-day FIFA Executive Committee meeting that also confirmed the berth allocations for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

In another act, the Executive Committee awarded the 2014 Women's U-17 World Cup to Costa Rica, choosing it over Ghana, Macedonia, Russia, United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan.

Seven cities have committed to being host cities for the 24-team 2015 Women's World Cup: Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montréal, Halifax, and Moncton (New Brunswick).

Site inspections are to be held in the fall with announcement of the host cities to follow.
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Schedule:
NOTE: As host country, Canada will be in Group A

Saturday June 6, 2015: Group A matches in Edmonton
Sunday June 7: Group B matches in Ottawa
Monday June 8: Group C matches in Vancouver and Group D matches in Winnipeg
Tuesday June 9: Group E matches in Montreal and Group F matches in Moncton (Where the heck is Moncton?)
Thursday June 11: Group A matches in Edmonton and Group B matches in Ottawa
Friday June 12: Group C matches in Vancouver and Group D matches in Winnipeg
Saturday June 13: Group E matches in Montreal and Group F matches in Moncton
Monday June 15: Group A matches in Winnipeg and Montreal, and Group B matches in Winnipeg and Moncton
Tuesday June 16: Group C matches in Edmonton and Winnipeg, and Group D matches in Vancouver and Edmonton
Wednesday June 17: Group E matches in Ottawa and Moncton, and Group F matches in Ottawa and Montreal

Saturday June 20: Round of 16 matches in Edmonton and Ottawa
Sunday June 21: Round of 16 matches in Vancouver, Montreal, and Moncton
Monday June 22: Round of 16 matches in Edmonton and Ottawa
Tuesday June 23: Round of 16 match in Vancouver

Friday June 26: Quarter-final matches in Ottawa and Montreal
Saturday June 27: Quarter-final matches in Vancouver and Edmonton

Tuesday June 30: Semi-final match in Montreal
Wednesday July 1: Semi-final match in Edmonton

Saturday July 4: Bronze Medal match in Edmonton
Sunday July 5: Final in Vancouver
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Why no matches in my home town of Toronto? Because the megaminds down at city hall decided that instead Toronto would host the Pan-American Games, July 10-26, 2015.

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FIFA, Canadian Soccer Association in turf war that won’t end till the sod is unrolled
by Juliet Macur
New York Times News Service
Friday, Aug. 22 2014

FIFA doesn’t want to talk about installing grass for next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. The Canadian Soccer Association doesn’t want to talk about it, either.

Trey Rogers? He’s happy to talk about it.

Rogers, a professor of turf grass management at Michigan State University, was the scientist in charge of the installation of real grass over the fake version inside the Pontiac Silverdome for the 1994 men’s World Cup, when FIFA required that the playing surface there be changed to grass. He and his team spent more than a year and a half figuring out how to keep grass alive inside a domed stadium for a month.

“When we first started, I stayed awake two nights thinking about it because we didn’t have anywhere close to the answers,” Rogers said.

Twenty years later, the prospect of turning six artificial-turf fields into grass ones for the Women’s World Cup – a tournament to be played mostly in open-air stadiums – seems to be an impossible task. Maybe that explains the silence of FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association. They have not responded to a letter from a group of top players threatening legal action, which is expected to begin shortly, or to social-media pleas from top players like Abby Wambach and Hope Solo and supporters such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. This week, they also declined a chance to discuss the matter with me.

To Rogers, though, turning Canada’s artificial-turf fields into grass ones is a no-brainer, considering his team left behind the blueprints for the job. “I know for a fact that it would work,” he said. “But it comes down to, ‘Do they want to do it?’”

He added – and this, I think, is the whole point of this debate – “If there’s a will, there’s a way; if there’s enough money, it can be done.”

So let’s talk money.

Rogers said FIFA spent about $2-million (U.S.) on the Silverdome project in 1994 and didn’t blink an eye. These days, according to several turf-grass experts, converting each artificial-turf field to grass for next year’s Women’s World Cup would cost anywhere from $150,000 to $400,000 a field, depending on where the sod is harvested.

In fact, it’s really not that big a job any more. Steve Bush’s company, Bush Turf, needed less than 72 hours this month to lay grass over the artificial turf at Michigan Stadium for a friendly between Manchester United and Real Madrid.

The sod arrived in Michigan in a refrigerated truck from a farm in New Jersey, and Bush covered the artificial turf with a landscape fabric before bringing in thickly cut sod and installing it.

“You just unroll it onto the field,” he said.

The promoter of the game footed the bill. But why pay anywhere from $150,000 to $250,000 to install grass for just one game – again, a preseason friendly – that will be over in 90 minutes? Because the men coming to play on it demanded it.

“Anytime premier teams play in the United States, they won’t play on artificial turf,” Bush said. “They’re very picky, so this type of thing, going from turf to grass in a short period of time, happens all the time, all over the country.”

So the men are picky, but the women should just take what they are given, and like it? FIFA should know better.

Here’s how it could fix its growing public-relations disaster: It could dig into its deep pockets, which are lined with $2-billion in profits from this year’s World Cup in Brazil, and find the million or two it would cost to install grass fields for next summer. That would amount to shaking a few nickels and dimes loose in order to stage a proper championship for the women.

It would also spare FIFA and Women’s World Cup officials the public embarrassment of being ordered to do so by a Canadian court, which the players’ lawyers say is likely. And there is still plenty of time.

So FIFA should call Trey Rogers. He said the process would be laughably easy now, considering it was pioneered two decades ago.

Or call Steve Bush. He does this for a living, and said changing six fields to grass “would be no problem.”

Or call me. I’d be happy to provide phone numbers for both of them.

But please call someone.
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Qualifying

AFC (5 teams)
Korea Republic, China PR, Japan, Australia, Thailand

CAF (3 teams)
Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Nigeria

UEFA (8 teams)
Switzerland, England, Germany, Norway, Sweden, France, Spain, Netherlands

CONCACAF (3.5 teams, plus hosts Canada)
USA, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica

CONMEBOL (2.5 teams)
Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador

OCEANIA (1 team)
New Zealand

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The draw for Groups will take place in Ottawa on December 6, 2014.
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Women's World Cup organizers focus on the positives of global soccer show
by Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
Tue. 30 Sept. 2014

Ticket sales have started well and organizers of the 2015 Women's World Cup of soccer have plenty of good stories to tell.

But thanks to the ongoing controversy of playing the Canadian tournament on artificial turf, not many of those storylines have got through yet.

Organizers hope to sell 1.5 million tickets to the 24-team, 52-match tournament scheduled for next summer. The 16-team, 32-game event in 2011 in Germany drew a total of 845,711 fans.

Peter Montopoli, CSA general secretary and CEO of the World Cup National Organizing Committee, says preparation goes ahead despite the ongoing focus on the playing surface.

"We're continuing to do our business in the right way in terms of staging what we said would be an exceptional competition," Montopoli said from Ottawa on Tuesday. "We hope to set records. This is like a pinnacle moment in our country for sport and team sport and women's team sport."

More than 150,000 tickets were sold in the first 48 hours of going on sale, with people in all six host cities buying tickets to the final in Vancouver.

For Montopoli, it is proof that the tournament is already bringing the country together. For FIFA, Canada is a natural host given that it ranks third — behind the U.S. and Germany — in women's soccer participation.

"That speaks for itself," said Tatjana Haenni, FIFA's deputy director of the competitions division and head of women's competitions.

She also points to the Canadian Soccer Association's spending on the women's side of the sport, which currently is more than the men get.

"Again that's something that's unique in the world," Haenni said.

The FIFA official also noted Canada's wildly popular bronze medal run at the London Olympics, stars like Christine Sinclair and positive hires by the CSA.

"I really (believe) this is a (best) case example for so many countries in the world," she said.

Haenni kicked off the latest FIFA inspection tour Tuesday, calling it a "continuation" of the preparation process.

"We're here officially for a site inspection for the last time," said Haenni. "I think time-wise it's a good period before the start and the kickoff of the tournament."

The FIFA official estimated that 70-80 per cent of requirements are in place, with the push to get to 100 so organizers only have to worry about fine-tuning stadiums rather than worry about logistical elements.

The tournament runs June 6 to July 7 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

Haenni said this summer's FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, a test run for next year's World Cup, had gone well.

"I think it was a very nice event. You had some great football. From a quality point of view, it was very good football performed by these young players."

"From an organization point of view, we knew and we were sure that the Canadian Soccer Association is more than capable of hosting (a) big FIFA event, as they've done in the past," she added. "This event was another one where we could see that almost everything was done in a perfect way and the tournament went very well. We had no big issues.

"We had small issues but I don't think they're really worthwhile mentioning — because it's kind of normal in an event this size there's one or two issues which may come across."

The U-20 event gave Canadian organizers a chance to test out venues in Moncton, Montreal and Edmonton. The other venue city, Toronto, is not part of the World Cup because of the Pan American Games.

The under-20 tournament drew 288,000, below the organizers' goal of 320,000.

Montopoli pointed proudly to the fact that 67 different nationalities were represented in the some 900 volunteers that worked the U-20 event this summer.
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Ecuador beat Trinidad & Tobago 1:0 on aggregate (a final minute goal in Trinidad & Tobago) to seal the last spot in the tournament. Tough on T&T after hearing about their story, they lacked funding and were asking for donations just to play in the CONCACAF tournament where they surpassed all expectations
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The draw for the final tournament will take place in Ottawa on December 6th.
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Group A
Canada
China
New Zealand
Netherlands

Group B
Germany
Ivory Coast
Norway
Thailand

Group C
Japan
Switzerland
Cameroon
Ecuador

Group D
USA
Australia
Sweden
Nigeria

Group E
Brazil
South Korea
Spain
Costa Rica

Group F
France
England
Colombia
Mexico

Group D seems to be the most difficult, four traditionally good teams while the US might not be as strong as they were in the past. Germany and reigning champs Japan got something of a light group.
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The media are all about how Group D is the Group of Death, and how unlucky the USA was in the draw. I think it's the Group of Death for Australia, Sweden, and Nigeria, but there's no way the USA will fail to advance from this group.

In fact, 4 of the 6 third-place finishers will advance, along with the top two teams in each Group. It would take a complete collapse by the USA not to advance.

Meanwhile, Canada is breathing a premature sigh of relief at having China, New Zealand, and Netherlands as opponents. I don't understand why. Don't expect Canada to overwhelm any of those three teams.
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Canada has a fantastic opportunity to not only finish first in their group but also go as far as the semi-finals at the very least. I'm disappointing that the Canadians are not aiming to actually win the World Cup, perhaps too humble at this point. Japan has a ridiculously easy group but the USA are in a tough position. They will probably qualify from their group but I expect Sweden AND Nigeria to give them a good run for their money. Nigeria could be the surprise package, it's a very decent team. Should be a great tournament, I might go to a few games.
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Sweden gives USA problems usually and Sweden's manager of course is the former USA manager. Sweden also beat them at the last World Cup.
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Yep. If anything, USA-Sweden should be the most entertaining game of the group stage.

Btw, I didn't know you follow women football.
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37     2A v. 2C   June 20 )
                          ) Match 45 June 26 )
38     1D v. 3BEF June 22 )                  )
                                             ) Semifinal June 30
39     1B v. 3ACD June 20 )                  ) 
                          ) Match 46 June 26 )
40     1F v. 2E   June 21 )



41     1E v. 2D   June 21 )
                          ) Match 47 June 27 )
42     1C v. 3ABF June 23 )                  )
                                             ) Semifinal July 1
43     2B v. 2F   June 22 )                  )
                          ) Match 48 June 27 ) 
44     1A v. 3CDE June 21 )
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On December 19 FIFA decided to increase the prize money for the WWC by 50% over the level in the last WWC (2011). Total prize money is US$15 million, of which $2 million goes to the winning team.
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Next week FIFA will announce who will host the 2015 Women's World Cup.

There are only two bidders: Canada and Zimbabwe.

The winner will also host the 2014 Women's U-20 World Cup
ya, I have some little knowledge. The tournament will be held from 6 June to 5 July. The first round, or group stage, sees the twenty four teams divided into six groups of four teams Group A - Group F
Please share with me deep knowledge about this match
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Canada 1-0 China

Well, I don't mind saying a fairer score would have been 0-0. China was much better defensively, and Canada seemed bereft of attacking ideas. For most of the game, Canada was unable to organize an attack out of their own half, resorting to kicking the ball downfield and praying.

Referees in the men's game are reluctant to call a penalty in a World Cup match that's a draw in the dying minutes, unless the foul is so blatant that they have no choice. Apparently the referees in the women's game have a very different idea.

Canada needs to pick up their game dramatically if they hope to progress beyond the round of 16.
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Canada were disappointing but China were very well organized. The penalty was probably the right call but as you said it was brave to call it in the 90th minute. Wasn't a great game in fairness but that's normal for openers
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