The FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship begins this weekend in Canada. Some of the games will be shown on Sportsnet.
How did a soccer backwater like Canada get to host a major international tournament? Well, when it comes to women's soccer, Canada is no slouch - we're a world power. Our women's NT is (unofficially) ranked in the top ten of the world, and our women's U-19 team includes many of the best players from the NT.
Now, I know many of you dismiss women's soccer as inferior to the men's game, and in point of fact, it is in many ways. But if you just give it a chance and watch a couple of these games, I can almost guarantee you will find them very entertaining.
Among the tougher teams in the 12-team tournament are Canada, USA, England, Germany, and France.
Most of the games are scheduled as double-headers, and reserved seats are $10 adults/$7 youth (under 18). General admission prices are even cheaper. It's a real bargain and a lot of fun. So if you get a chance, go out to see these games in Victoria, Edmonton, or Vancouver.
Sportsnet Broadcast Schedule
Highlights of this coming weekend:
Victoria Centennial Stadium:
USA v. England and Taiwan v. Australia (no TV)
Germany v. France and Mexico v. Brazil (no TV)
Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium:
Canada v. Denmark and Nigeria v. Japan (Canada game will be live on Sportsnet at 4 p.m. Mountain Time in all markets; Nigeria game will be shown on tape on Monday afternoon)