Good news for the growth of soccer in North America: Canada will be hosting the 2015 Women’s World Cup. The exact makeup of host cities will be determined after a series of FIFA reviews. The CSA says there will be a minimum of six venues including Halifax, Montreal, Moncton, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Edmonton.
“The one thing we wanted to do was coast to coast,” Peter Montopoli, general secretary of the Canadian Soccer Association, said in an interview from Zurich. “It will be the first time in our country that we’ve ever held an event at the same time, that everybody across the country can touch and feel.”
“Hosting these tournaments will further enhance Canada’s reputation as a sporting country and allow us to showcase several cities to a global television audience,” Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement. “Like all fans, we look forward to cheering for our outstanding women’s teams at home, in 2014 and 2015,” he added.
This should almost guarantee an improvement for the game of soccer in North America. A lot of good things are happening in Canada: Vancouver has an MLS team; Montreal is scheduled to have one as well; and now we get the World Cup.
It will take many years to see the impact of this decision in terms of growth of the game. The effects will not be seen on the international stage, at least with the men’s senior team, for several decades. Nevertheless, this is a big step in the right direction.