Last Friday, FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter revealed the six Canadian cities that were chosen to host games during the 2015 Women’s World Cup in a ceremony held in Ottawa. Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver will host the 24 teams and 52 games of the World Cup championship, which has grown to be the biggest tournament in women’s sports.
“Women’s football is opening up and developing right across the world,” Blatter said at the press conference. “That’s the social and cultural value of our sport.”
Event organizers put a lot of thought into the city choices for the 22-day event. Their intent was to showcase the varied culture of the country while also representing it physically. Three of the cities (Moncton, Montreal and Ottawa) are from Eastern Canada, one is from the Midwest (Winnipeg) and two are from the Canadian West (Edmonton and Vancouver). Notably missing from this list is Toronto, which declined the opportunity to participate in the Women’s World Cup as it will be hosting the 2015 Pan American Games.
The first Women’s World Cup was held in China in 1991 and has been held every fourth year since its inception. The 2015 World Cup will be the seventh Women’s World Cup but Canada will only be the fifth country to host the tournament. China and the United States have both hosted the tournament twice.
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