Former national player Clare Rustad has joined the National Organising Committee for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015. The addition of Rustad expands the committee to seven members, with Victor Montagliani (chair), Steven Reed, Janine Helland, Doug Redmond, Walter Sieber and Peter Montopoli previously announced.
The FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 is the largest single-sport women's event in the world. The competition will feature 24 teams, with qualification matches beginning in April of this year.
The National Organising Committee is responsible for approving policy and providing direction, providing financial oversight, developing policies, and ensuring that the promotional and legacy opportunities are capitalized to further develop women's soccer.
Ms. Rustad is one of two former players on the Canada 2015 National Organising Committee. She won a youth silver medal at the FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in 2002 (now known as the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup) and represented Canada a the Beijing 2008 Women's Olympic Football Tournament. The other former player is Ms. Helland, who was Canada's captain at the FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999. She has since served on the FIFA Committee for Women's Football and the FIFA Women's World Cup committee.
Mr. Montagliani is the President of the Canadian Soccer Association while Mr. Reed is Vice-President, both of whom were elected to their positions this year. Mr. Montagliani was also a committee member for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007. Mr. Redmond has long been involved in soccer in Newfoundland Soccer and serves as President of the NLSA.
Mr. Sieber is a renowned expert in the organisation of sporting events and has served as a FIFA General Coordinator at six FIFA World Cups and three FIFA Women's World Cups. Mr. Montopoli serves as the General Secretary of the Canadian Soccer Association and Chief Executive Officer of the National Organising committee for the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015. He previously served as the National Event Director for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 and was a FIFA General Coordinator at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.