February 15, 2011
Edmonton in on 2015 World Cup bid
By DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
It’s official. Canada has made a bid to host the 2015 Women’s World Cup, with Edmonton expected to provide one of the venues.
The Canadian Soccer Association presented the bid documents to FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland on Tuesday.
The bid also includes plans to host the 2014 Women’s Under-20 World Cup.
“Canada can be proud of the large number of female soccer players in the country and the outstanding success of our women’s national teams on the international stage,’’ said CSA president Dominique Maestracci in a statement. “The Canadian Soccer Association would be honoured to host both the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2014 and provide an opportunity for the hundreds of thousands of female soccer players in Canada to be inspired by the world’s best, playing the beautiful game in their own backyard.”
Edmonton played host to the inaugural Women’s Under-20 tournament in 2002, where Canada lost in the final to the United States at Commonwealth Stadium.
The success of that tournament led the CSA to believe they could successfully host the women’s event.
Commonwealth Stadium was also a venue for the 2007 men’s Under-20 World Cup, playing host to a semifinal.
Having lost out to Germany for the right to host this summer’s tournament, Canada is expected to go up against Chile and Zimbabwe for the right to host the 2015 women’s event.
“The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 will play an important role in the development of young Canadian athletes for podium success on the international stage,” said Canada’s Minister of State for Sport Gary Lunn. “It will provide Canada’s athletes with valuable international level training and competition experience at home.”
Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa, Montreal, Moncton, and Halifax are the other Canadian cities involved in the bid for the tournament, which will be expanded from 16 to 24 teams.
Due to its hosting of the 2015 Pan Am Games, Toronto will not be part of the bid.
FIFA will announce the winner of the bid on March 3 in Switzerland.
– Van Diest