WASHINGTON, May 4, 2012 — On Friday, the FIFA Women’s World Cup announced the six cities in Canada that will host games in 2015.
The six cities are: Edmonton, Alberta; Moncton, New Brunswick; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Ontario; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The Women’s World Cup, which is the largest single sports event for women in the world, will be the first single sport event in Canada to be held from coast to coast. The event in 2015 will expand to 24 teams from 16.
“Canada 2015 has already made history as this will be the first FIFA Women’s World Cup in which 24 national teams will participate,” said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. “Women’s football is continuing to mature, and I am really pleased that football fans in cities across the country, from east to west, will have the opportunity to take part. The Host Cities play a crucial role in delivering a FIFA competition, and I am sure that seeing world-class footballers across Canada will inspire a whole new generation of girls and women to get involved in the game.”
Also announced: The FIFA Women’s World Cup host nation will also host the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in the preceding year. Official Host Cities for the 2014 competition will be announced by the end of 2012.
For over 20 years John Haydon wrote a weekly soccer column for The Washington Times. He has covered two World Cups and written about Major League Soccer from the league’s inception in 1996.
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