Montopoli: We want this to be the best ever
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Today’s announcement of the official match schedule for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ represents another important step on the road towards this eagerly anticipated global event.

Excitement is certainly building in the host nation as plans take shape for a tournament that is expected to build on the remarkable successes of previous FIFA Women’s World Cups.

In the wake of this latest landmark being passed, the tournament’s National Organising Committee CEO Peter Montopoli spoke to FIFA.com about what fans and players can expect from Canada 2015.

FIFA.com: What will the FIFA Women's World Cup be like in Canada in 2015?
Peter Montopoli:
Any time you host a FIFA World Cup, you know that it is going to be special, perhaps a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your country. In this case, we will be hosting the FIFA Women's World Cup from coast to coast across five time zones in six venues, from Vancouver near the Pacific Ocean to Moncton near the Atlantic Ocean. We believe this competition has the power to engage a nation while in turn produce an exceptional atmosphere for the matches themselves.

What can Canada promise as host for this competition?
The FIFA Women's World Cup is a world-class competition that offers the best in football from around the globe. It is important that Canada produces a world-class stage for this competition. Our nation has proven in the past to be an excellent host for major sporting events, including the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002 and the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007. I believe we will prove it once again, infused with the character of our multicultural society, we will welcome the world through the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015.

What goals have you set for the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015?
We want every Canadian to have the opportunity to be a part of this competition in 2015, to have the chance to touch and feel a piece of the excitement. We have set a target to draw a record 1.5-million spectators to this competition, through 52 matches in six stadiums in venues. Remember, never has this been done before in our nation before - one major competition hosted simultaneously across six cities from coast to coast. We want this to be the most successful FIFA Women's World Cup in history!

What will the FIFA Women's World Cup do for football in Canada?
The FIFA Women's World Cup must be bigger than just the 52 matches themselves. We have experienced this with each of the past FIFA competitions hosted in our country. From the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015, we want to leave a legacy for sport, for women, and for Canada that reaches far beyond the competition's 30 days. Certainly, this competition will have a positive effect on all levels of football across the country - both men's and women's soccer - but it most surely will help establish a new era in the women's game.