Friday, May 4, 2012

B.C. named host province for #FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 #worldcup #soccer

VICTORIA - British Columbians have reason to celebrate after today's announcement that the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 is coming to Vancouver, announced Ida Chong, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

The Canadian Soccer Association, the sport's governing body in Canada, announced this morning that Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal, Moncton, Ottawa and Winnipeg will all be host cities for the tournament, which is the largest women's sporting event in the world.

Matches will be held at BC Place stadium in 2015. Dates for the tournament have yet to be determined. The FIFA Women's World Cup is expected to bring substantial economic benefits to the province, surpassing the impact of the FIFA Men's U-20 World Cup Canada 2007, which held matches in both Burnaby and Victoria. That tournament saw host cities realize economic benefits of $5 million to $10 million each.

In support of the 2015 Women's World Cup, the Province is committing $2 million. The federal government is contributing $12 million countrywide.

via Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development