Two-year countdown to Canada 2015

It is exactly two years to the date of the opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.

Two matches will be played on that opening day of 6 June 2015 at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, with hosts Canada (already seeded A1) among the teams in action. The Official Draw for the competition will be only held in late 2014 after all 24 teams have qualified for the 2015 competition but, already, excitement is building. On Sunday, a record crowd of 22,453 turned out in Toronto to cheer on the national women’s side against USA, capping a tremendous week of events and reaffirming what organisers already knew about the appetite for the female game in Canada.

“We all saw last week how momentum continues to grow as we march towards what will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for our country,” said Peter Montopoli, Chief Executive Officer of the National Organising Committee for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. “It is incredible to think that we are now just two short years away from welcoming the world for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.”

Already this year, FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 qualifiers are under way in Europe and Asia, with the 24 teams participating in preliminary rounds in both continents. Come 2015 though, only the top 24 teams from around the world will remain in hunt for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.
The tournament, having kicked off on 6 June, will conclude with the final on 5 July 2015. Its 52 matches will be played across Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton.

FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 timeline

8 November 2010: Canada wins CONCACAF women’s championship in Cancun, Mexico as part of FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 Qualifiers

18 & 24 November 2010: Canada Soccer hosts Bid Information sessions in Ottawa and Vancouver to prepare for its Bid Book for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015

20 December 2010: Government of Canada supports Canada Soccer’s bid for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 through Sport Canada’s Hosting Program

15 February 2011: Canada Soccer submits its Bid Book to FIFA for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014

3 March 2011: FIFA confirms Canada as host for both the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014

29 April 2011: Canada Soccer completes cross-country tour of Candidate Bid Cities for the FIFA Women’s World Cup and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup

24 June 2011: FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 opens in Berlin

17 July 2011: Japan wins the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011

4 May 2012: Six Official Host Cities for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 are revealed: Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton

6 December 2012: National Organising Committee announced for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014

14 December 2012: Official Emblem for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 is revealed across the country

2 January 2013: FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 National Organising Committee headquarters open in Ottawa

7 March 2013: Host City Venue General Managers announced for six host cities

21 March 2013: Official match schedule for FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 is unveiled

4 April 2013: FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 qualifiers begin in Europe

17 May 2013: FIFA Women’s World Cup referees seminar wraps up in Zurich

21 May 2013: FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Qualifiers begin in Asia

2 June 2013: Official Emblem revealed and four Official Host Cities announced for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014: Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Moncton