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2015 Women's World Cup in Canada

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 became the only contender for the 2015 event on Monday when Zimbabwe withdrew as the only remaining challenger.

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. (not Toronto, which is hosting the Pan-Am Games in July 2015)

Site inspections are to be held in the fall with announcement of the host cities to follow.
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Globe and Mail:

When you generate $3.7-billion (U.S.) of sales, as FIFA confirmed Thursday that last summer’s men’s tournament in South Africa did, you are very much in a league of your own.

What then can Canada expect in 2015, when the world’s game – as played by the finest female practitioners on the planet – comes to these shores? Well, much as in 2007, when the under-20 tournament was played here in front of record-breaking crowds of 1.2 million, Canada can expect to see a veritable feast of soccer. In fact, Canadians will bear witness to the largest single serving of the women’s game ever, with the tournament expanding from 16 teams to 24, meaning an increase in games from 32 to 52.

As with any tournament, there will be likely be newcomers making a name for themselves, and favourites going home disappointed after failing to live up to their reputations.

For Canada though, it will be yet another chance for the sport to take a bigger grip on the nation’s psyche, especially so if the men’s team manages to buck what would be 28 years of World Cup futility by qualifying for Brazil 2014. Already, 43 per cent of all registered soccer players in this country are female, twice as many as eight years ago when Canada hosted the women’s under-20 World Cup.

With the current Canadian women’s team riding high as CONCACAF champions, ninth in the world rankings and with a real chance of making a telling contribution at this summer’s women’s World Cup in Germany, the chances of that figure growing by the time 2015 rolls around are a fair bet, and who knows what a successful host team could mean to the sport’s growth in this country?

Toronto Sun:

Toronto missing out on Women's World Cup for 'bush-league' event
by Gareth Wheeler

Canada will welcome the World again in 2015. And this time it will be coast-to-coast. But not in Toronto.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced Canada as host nation for the FIFA 2015 Women’s World Cup Thursday. The announcement was a mere formality, after the only other ‘competitive’ bid, Zimbabwe, dropped out of the race earlier this week.

Toronto? They dropped out of the running for host city last November. Canada’s largest city and economic hub will not be among the six or seven Canadian World Cup host cities. You can thank Tourism Toronto for that decision.

“In October when we received the materials from FIFA, we sent out packages to each city, tourism bureau and stadium that had the capacity to host the event,” explained Canadian Soccer Association general secretary Peter Montopoli. “We had two bid information sessions and each city had every opportunity to attend. On November 8th, Tourism Toronto wrote a letter stating they were not interested.”

What? Not interested?

The U-20 Men’s World Cup in 2007 drummed up nearly $50 million in economic activity for the City of Toronto. That’s some nice cake, considering the Men’s U-20 falls lower in FIFA’s pecking order than the Women’s World Cup. And when FIFA rolls into town with their big sponsors in tow, it leaves an imprint.

So the City of Toronto (via Tourism Toronto) made the collective decision hosting a tournament of worldwide significance was less important than the financial boondoggle that is the Pan Am Games.

That’s assuming a conflict in schedule is the actual reason Tourism Toronto turned down the CSA and opportunity to be a host city. Tourism Toronto was contacted for comment but didn’t respond.

Why would the Pan Am Games Organizing Committee want Canada’s sweethearts, the Canadian Women’s National Soccer team, to steal any of their thunder? It’s hard to sell archery when the public has soccer on the mind. Edmonton and Halifax will have the world’s best women’s soccer; Toronto will have Latin America’s best Rhythmic Gymnast.

The Pan Am Games in Toronto reeked the day they were announced. It’s now being reported the Games will cost Toronto upwards of $96.5 million and the number is climbing. That’s coming from you, the taxpayer.

And for what? A new velodrome, swimming pool and a BMX track?

Our National Soccer Stadium is already built. The city paid for it and Toronto FC has since added the grass surface. It’s ready to go. And it’s soccer specific. Yet it won’t see games. That’s inexcusable....

As my colleague Steve Buffery put it, the Pan Am Games “are more or less a B event” and make “Toronto look bush league.”

It gets worse, Beez. While the world sees soccer in Moncton, they’ll be asking where’s Toronto?...

The Pan Am’s are scheduled to begin July 10, 2015 in a variety of locations of the Greater Toronto Area. The Women’s World Cup is played in June, presumably finishing in July.

Although FIFA won’t change schedule dates, there’s no doubt a healthy compromise could be reached to make both events happen on Toronto soil.

The CSA is more than willing to talk. But this has nothing to do with the CSA. This was all Tourism Toronto. And Tourism Toronto is supposed to represent you, Torontonians.
They’ve decided a FIFA World Cup event doesn’t matter to you.

Passing on the premier women’s sports competition and the world’s most popular sport for a second-tier event is indefensible.

Montopoli hasn’t closed the door on Toronto joining the World Cup party just yet. Host cities will not be named until after FIFA inspections have been conducted this Fall.

“If the city of Toronto wants to be a part of this, they need to get back in and catch up. We tried to initiate those discussions, and now we have the bid. It’s all in Toronto’s hands,” said Montopoli.
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2015 Women’s World Cup could be a memorable event for Canada
Andrew Bucholtz Eh Game 4 May, 2012

The best women's soccer players in the world will be coming to six cities across Canada in the summer of 2015. FIFA president Sepp Blatter was at Ottawa's Parliament Hill Friday to make the official announcement of which Canadian cities were selected as hosts for the 2015 Women's World Cup, and, as expected, Ottawa, Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal, Winnipeg and Moncton were chosen. (Toronto declined to bid for the event thanks to preparations for hosting the Pan-Am Games that same summer.) That should set the stage for a tremendous and historic event, one of the most high-profile women's sports competitions in the world, and one that should provide a chance to see the Canadian team excel.

The Women's World Cup isn't as well-known as the men's competition, and that's understandable considering both its recent beginnings (the tournament only started in 1991, compared to the men's tournament's debut in 1930) and the lower degree of interest many have in women's soccer. However, it's still an incredible tournament in its own right, and it's the largest single-sport women's event in the world. What's also notable is that the Women's World Cup is on the rise; it's come a long way from the initial domination of the Americans, Norwegians and Germans to a place where there are plenty of contenders around the world, as exemplified by the Japanese team's surprising victory over the U.S. in the 2011 tournament final.

That growing depth will be reflected in 2015. The tournament's expanding from 16 to 24 teams and from 32 to 52 matches, and that will allow Canada to be a part of women's soccer history. There are still definitely teams that are head-and-shoulders above the main pack, including the U.S. and Canada (as seen in Olympic qualifying this year), but the women's game is getting much better around the world, and that should make for at least some entertaining and competitive matches in all of the Canadian host cities.

Expect Canadian fans to turn out in force, too. This country's gotten behind big soccer events before, including the 2007 men's U-20 World Cup and the 2002 women's U-19 World Cup, which saw 47,000 pack Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium to watch the home team take on the U.S. in the final. Which stadium will host the 2015 final doesn't seem to have been determined yet, but Commonwealth and B.C. Place will presumably be in the running, and either would be an excellent choice. The other stadiums involved should be great sites for this tournament as well, including the new CFL stadiums in Winnipeg (to be completed this year) and Ottawa (to be completed for 2014), Montreal's Olympic Stadium and Moncton Stadium. There are strong soccer communities in each city involved, and we've seen plenty of support for the Canadian women's team over the last decade; it's not hard to imagine large numbers turning up for other matches, either, especially if enough is done on the promotion and marketing front to convince people of the quality of soccer that will be on display. Some of the world's best female athletes are coming to Canada in 2015, and it should be a great event for the country; Canada's also a perfect host for this tournament, given the interest in women's sports here (as we've seen with other events like the women's ice hockey world championships). It's a perfect fit of event and location, and it should produce a memorable experience.

It's also positive that the Canadian team seems to be on the upswing under new coach John Herdman, who led them through the Olympic qualifying campaign with flying colours. There's a long way to go before 2015, but the Canadian women's team looks like a legitimate top-10 side at the moment, and if they can keep that up, they could use the home-field boost to do something really special in a few years. The 2015 Women's World Cup will be a solid event regardless of how the locals do (the winless, goalless performance of the home side at the U-20 World Cup in 2007 didn't spoil the party), but a strong Canadian showing could make it truly special, and there seems to be a good chance that could happen. It's going to be well worth watching.
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Host stadiums for Women's 2015 World Cup (Canada)

Vancouver - BC Place
Capacity 54,320 Smaller configuration 21,000

Edmonton - Commonwealth Stadium
Capacity 52,000

Winnipeg - Investors Group Field
Capacity 33,500

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Ottawa - Frank Clair Stadium
Capacity 24,000

Montreal - Olympic Stadium
Capacity 56,040

Moncton - Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium
Capacity 10,000 (expandable to 20,725)

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Edmonton the host with the most for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
Terry Jones Edmonton Sun March 21, 2013

EDMONTON - It has been well-documented over the years how Edmonton, which kept laying golden eggs for them over and over again, had been used and abused by the Canadian Soccer Association.

Well, as of today, all is forgiven.

“This is the payoff,” said one highly placed Edmonton official who did behind-the-scenes work with FIFA and the CSA at the London Olympics and the last Worlds in Germany.

“We made out like bandits.”

While the final of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held in Vancouver, Edmonton’s preference and target was the opening ceremonies and opening game of the 24-team tournament featuring Christine Sinclair and Canada’s Olympic bronze medal team.

Edmonton’s goal was to be the host with the most, to get a schedule to build a festival around from start to finish.

Mission accomplished. And then some.

The host city to the 2002 FIFA Women’s U-19 World Championship, which still holds all the records for FIFA age-specific events, will get so much more than the lid-lifter. The city has been awarded the mother lode.

In addition to the tone-setting game, which at Germany 2011 featured Canada versus Germany before 73,680 fans in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, Edmonton has been awarded so much more.

• Two Canada games in Group A play, with the third to be played in Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

• Eleven games, more than any of the five other host cities — Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton.

• Round of 16 game June 20.

• Round of 16 game on June 22.

• Quarter-final on June 27.

• Semifinal (featuring Canada if still alive) on Canada Day, July 1.

• Bronze-medal game, which of course could also feature Canada, a nation with a best-ever finish of fourth place achieved at USA 2003, losing the bronze medal game 3-2 to the U.S. in Carson, Calif.

Peter Montopoli, general secretary of the CSA, made the announcement at a news conference at city hall.

“When Peter was talking it gave me goose bumps,” said Canadian women’s national soccer coach John Herdman.

“This is starting to become real. To think of 60,000 people, all wearing red, with the opening ceremony and opening game in Edmonton inspiring our girls to be the best they can be, making them their daughters for at least those first two games … We want to win that group and Edmonton can help us reach that goal because if we win that group, we will be back.”

Herdman said he was hoping this would be the way it would work out.

“I’m supposed to be unbiased but this is where I preferred we’d come and play. There’s a history here with our girls. So many of them are familiar with the stadium. We have our best home field advantage here. The girls always tell me what it was like here in 2002 and that it was the best experience they’ve ever had in soccer.

“You guys get it in Edmonton. When the maple leaf comes out, you get it,” said the Olympic bronze medal coach.

“The opening match really sets the stage for the entire competition,” said Montopoli.

“I was getting chills down my back thinking about 60,000 people in the stadium, all wearing red and screaming for Canada,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “I think it’s going to be one of the most special moments our city has ever seen.”

Mandel originally voted against spending $25,000 on a bid to be part of the competition, reminding city council that when Canada held the 2007 FIFA Men’s U-20 in Canada, the Canadian Soccer Association snubbed Edmonton, selecting Toronto as the epicentre city. Edmonton drew the largest crowd of the event.

“We will deliver,” said Mandel, facing Montopoli at the press conference. “Please pass that on to FIFA. All those days will be great days. It will take over this city. It will be amazing.”

Local organizers promise a “gigantic live event, a massive festival” featuring big screens to show other games from around the country with entertainment, beer-fests, family interactive events, etc. downtown.

Richard Starke, provincial minister of tourism, parks and recreation, also said FIFA can be confident of success here.

“Edmonton has a visionary ability to host major events and this is the best stadium in the country to hold this event, bar none. Edmonton will shine very brightly. I’m confident it will. I’m looking forward to 500 million people watching these games worldwide.”

In addition to the two Canada Group A games on June 6 and June 11 will be double-header games featuring the other games in the pool. On June 16, Edmonton will have the 1 vs. 4 game from Group C and the 2 vs. 3 game from Group D. The opposite games in those pools will be played at the same time, Group C in Winnipeg and Group D in Vancouver.

While Edmonton will play host to 11 games, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa will each have nine games and Winnipeg and Moncton 7.

The strategy was expressed back in the beginning of the bid process by Lindsay Harrison, manager of event attractions for Edmonton Economic Development.

“We’re going to be selling the idea of making Edmonton the epicentre of a World Cup Festival, like the Hot To Huddle downtown festival at the 2010 Grey Cup, and we’re going to be very strong in pointing out our past successes,” said Harrison.

Obviously it worked.

FIFA head Sepp Blatter supplied the strongest testimonial of all in an exclusive interview with your correspondent when asked about a Women’s World Cup here prior to the final in 2002.

“They will do it!” he said. “The guarantee of enthusiasm of the public is there. With what has happened here, Canada has convinced me. What they’ve realized here is extraordinary in the 27 years I’ve witnessed FIFA events. The whole event has been ballistic.”

Germany 2011 was the last of the 16-team FIFA Women’s World Cups, the event going to 24-teams beginning with Canada 2015. It was hugely successful, however, drawing 845,751, an average of 26,430 per match.

Montopoli has set a target to draw a record 1.5 million over the 52 matches of Canada 2015.

Canada will also play host to the FIFA 2014 Women’s U-20 World Cup but it has not been determined if Edmonton and Vancouver, clearly the two epicentres of the big event, will be included.

Why such an emphasis on Edmonton and Vancouver?

Three reasons. Location. History. And a Canada 2026 FIFA men’s World Cup bid.

The short flight between Edmonton and Vancouver is attractive for FIFA executives and media covering the event in such a far-flung number of fixtures.

“This event will be played in five time zones. That’s never been done before,” said Montopoli.

The history involved dates back to 2002 and the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championships.

The Edmonton U-19 event drew 162,202 for six doubleheader dates including the final which put 47,784 in the fews for the final, with ticket sales cut off two days before the game because of some strange FIFA rule involving walk-up sales.

A lot of people forget that the following year 34,000 fans paid to watch Canada’s deja-vu, bon-voyage game against Mexico prior to the rescheduled 2003 World Cup in Mexico, where they made the medal round.

As for a Canadian bid for the FIFA World Cup — the men’s event, which rivals the Olympics as the biggest sports event on the planet — it’s more than a pipe dream. Pull this off and the Canadian bid would be taken seriously.

This event is a building block to the next one,” said Montopoli. “After this, the World Cup will be the only FIFA event we haven’t held.”

With Vancouver’s refurbished B.C. Place, which cost $563 million, and Edmonton’s $130 million in upgrades to Commonwealth Stadium including new green and gold seats which will be installed by the start of football season this year if it ever stops snowing, they’ll be showcasing the two most attractive stadiums for soccer.

FIFA and the CSA have received assurances of further upgrades in a couple of key areas for Commonwealth Stadium, believed to be dramatically upgraded and (read entirely new) rooms to accommodate four teams and quite likely a world-class, sideline-to-sideline video scoreboard for the south end of Commonwealth Stadium, which would be the event’s legacy.
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Canada's Group Round matches (opponents to be determined later):

Saturday June 6, 2015 in Edmonton
Thursday June 11, 2015 in Edmonton
Monday June 15, 2015 in Montreal

If Canada advances out of Group A, their Round of 16 match will take place in one of the following cities:
Edmonton or Ottawa on Saturday June 20, 2015, OR
Vancouver on Sunday June 21 or Tuesday June 23, 2015.

If Canada advances to the Quarterfinals, their match will take place in one of the following cities:
Ottawa or Montreal on Friday June 26, 2015, OR
Vancouver or Edmonton on Saturday, June 27, 2015

If Canada advances to the Semifinals, their match will take place in
Montreal on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, OR
Edmonton on Wednesday, July 1, 2015.
Win or lose, they will then play in either the Third Place Match in Edmonton on Saturday, July 4, 2015, or the Final in Vancouver on Sunday, July 5, 2015.


If Canada finishes First in Group A, their playoff matches will be in Vancouver, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Vancouver, assuming they do not lose a playoff match.

If Canada finishes Second in Group A, their playoff matches will be in Edmonton, Ottawa, Montreal, and Vancouver, assuming they do not lose a playoff match.

If Canada finishes Third in Group A, and is one of the top four third-place teams, their playoff matches will be EITHER in Vancouver, Edmonton, Edmonton, and Vancouver; OR in Ottawa, Montreal, Montreal, and Vancouver — again, assuming in either case that they do not lose a playoff match.

If Canada loses a playoff match, of course, they are out of the competition, except that if they lose a Semifinal match they will compete for the Bronze medal in Edmonton.

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The draw for groups was held December 6.

Group A
New Zealand

Group B
Ivory Coast

Group C

Group D

Group E
South Korea
Costa Rica

Group F

Canada's group matches are all in Edmonton:
v. China on June 6 (the opening match of the tournament)
v. New Zealand on June 11
v. Netherlands on June 15

The tournament ends July 5 with the Final
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