March 1, 2011
When Canada gets women's World Cup, Toronto won't host
By GARETH WHEELER, QMI Agency
It’s all but official. Canada will host the 2015 Women’s World Cup after their lone opposition for the bid, Zimbabwe, dropped out of the race Tuesday. But the Canadian Soccer Association isn’t celebrating yet.
“(Canada) has not been awarded the FIFA Women’s World Cup,” said CSA general secretary Peter Montopoli. “FIFA has reiterated that each bid stands on its own merit and we will continue to respect the process as established by FIFA.”
The official FIFA announcement will be made Thursday from Zurich, Switzerland.
The CSA presented their bid-book to FIFA mid-February and came out of the presentation feeling entirely optimistic about their chances of hosting the 2015 tournament. Last week, Montopoli said being named host would be a “great victory for the CSA” and re-iterated they will be on-site in Zurich for Thursday’s announcement.
Although the potential Canadian host cities have not been named, Toronto isn’t believed to among them. Toronto and the GTA are hosting the Pan-Am Games July 2015, with many of the dates seemingly conflicting with the traditional Women’s World Cup calendar.
Potential host cities include Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Halifax or Moncton. Proper stadiums would have to be built in the latter locations, with federal dollars contributing to costs and construction.
The 2015 Women’s World Cup will be bigger and busier than ever before, with the tournament expanding from 16 to 24 teams and from 32 to 52 matches.
Canada had originally bid for the 2011 Women’s World Cup, losing out to Germany. Canada and Germany were the only two countries making official bids for 2011. With Canada the last country standing this time around, FIFA has to be concerned by the lack of interest among nations to host women’s soccer’s marquee event.
Canada opens the 2011 Women’s World Cup June 26th against host Germany in Berlin.