Goal! Vancouver to Host 2015 Women’s World Cup

photo: fifa.com

photo: fifa.com

Soccer fans, start your planning: The most important event in women’s soccer is coming to Vancouver. FIFA has just announced that the city will host the gold medal game of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The tournament will be held from June 6-July 5, 2015, with a total of 52 matches played in six cities across Canada: Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Moncton. Vancouver will host eight preliminary matches, in addition to the all-important gold medal game.

Reflecting a surge in the popularity of women’s soccer, a record 24 countries are slated to square off in the 2015 Cup, with millions of viewers tuning in from around the world. Canadian soccer fans have high hopes for the home team, which is fresh off a bronze in the 2012 London Games.

All Vancouver matches will be played at 55,000-seat B.C. Place Stadium in the heart of downtown, which boasts one of the world’s largest retractable roofs and largest video screens. According to organizers, the stadium’s size – as well as its newly upgraded seats and suites – was a critical factor in Vancouver’s selection to host the final Cup match.

Mark your calendars. Tickets for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada are slated to go on sale in the third quarter of 2014.

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