Canada to face trio of former world champions

It has been an exciting week for Canadian football fans after three very exciting announcements were made in FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ Official Host Cities Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver. From May to October 2014, host Canada will face former world champions USA, Germany and Japan in a series of home international matches.

In Winnipeg, Canadian coach John Herdman and Winnipeg talent Desiree Scott helped make the Canada-USA announcement. The North American rivals will face each other at Winnipeg's beautiful new stadium on 8 May 2014.

Next, in Edmonton, Canada announced that it would face reigning FIFA Women's World Cup champions Japan in a pair of international matches, with the first to be played at Commonwealth Stadium on 25 October. A second Canada-Japan friendly will be played three days later in Vancouver.

The series of announcements wrapped up in Vancouver, where it was announced that two-time champions Germany would come to BC Place on 18 June.

“To ensure Canada offers consistent, world-class performances, Canada Soccer believes that it must play against quality opponents more often and that it must play at home on a regular basis,” said Victor Montagliani, President of Canada Soccer.

The FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™ will run from 6 June to 4 July 2015, with matches to be played in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton.

Along with the four 2014 international matches, Canada will also host the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014 this year from 5-24 August. The U-20 matches will be played in Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Moncton.