2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Set to Kick Off June 8 in Vancouver (Ticket starting at $20)

Photo credit: YVRPhoto | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: YVRPhoto | Wikimedia Commons

Vancouver is about to become the centre of the soccer universe. The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off on June 6, with a total of nine matches played in Vancouver, including the all important final on July 5.

The largest women’s sporting event in the world, the competition sees 24 international teams vying for the coveted cup, including the Canadian squad that brought home bronze at the London 2012 Olympics. During the month-long event, teams face off in Vancouver and five other Canadian cities (Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton), making the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup the country’s first coast-to-coast sporting event.

The centre of all the action in Vancouver is B.C. Place Stadium, home of the Vancouver Whitecaps football club, where tickets to early-stage matches start as low as $20.15 (before taxes and service fees). The 60,000-seat stadium features features a retractable roof (the largest of its kind in the world), FIFA-certified, two-star turf and the second-largest video board in North America.

Photo credit: Helgi Halldórsson | Flickr

Photo credit: Helgi Halldórsson | Flickr

Competition gets underway with a group-stage doubleheader on Monday, June 8, as Cameroon faces Ecuador at 4 p.m. and Japan battles Switzerland at 7 p.m. On Friday, June 12, another doubleheader pits Switzerland against Ecuador at 4 p.m. and Japan against Cameroon at 7 p.m.  In Vancouver’s last group-stage match, Nigeria faces the USA on Tuesday, June 16, at 5 p.m.

Competition heats up with round-of-16 action on Sunday, June 21, at 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, June 23, at 7 p.m. Excitement builds as Vancouver hosts a quarter-final match-up on Saturday, June 27, at 4:30 p.m..

Photo credit: VillaFan | Wikipedia

Photo credit: VillaFan | Wikipedia

Finally, action culminates in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday, July 5, in B.C. Place Stadium. While tickets for later-stage matches are going fast (or already sold-out), plenty of tickets for early-stage matches are still available. Visit the official Vancouver 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup website for the full schedule and to purchase tickets. A screenshot of the official draw is below.

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