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Women's World Cup Final game coming to Vancouver!

Vancouver, BC – Whilst soccer enthusiasts from across Canada were thrilled to finally know details of the schedule for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 which was announced yesterday, those in BC were even more excited with the news that the Final game will be played at BC Place in Vancouver.

The competition will kick off with the opening ceremony and opening matches in Edmonton. In total, 52 matches will be played over 30 days from coast to coast in six venues starting on 6th June. The final match will be played in Vancouver on 5th July 2015.

“This is fabulous news”, said Roger Barnes, President of BC Soccer. “The world’s best female players featuring in nine games right here in BC. And if Canada wins its group, there is the chance we could see Canada play here three times, including the World Cup final! Now that would be a dream come true,” he added.

BC Place will host nine games in the tournament including five group games, two round of 16 knockout games, a Quarter Final and the Final game. Canada, as the hosts, will play their first two group matches in Edmonton and their final one in Montreal. For the first time, the 2015 tournament will welcome 24 teams from around the world, a milestone in women’s football as the game continues to grow in all regions of the globe.

“I was ecstatic to hear the news Vancouver would be hosting so many games including the gold medal game.  Hosting the Women’s World Cup in Vancouver will ensure the next generation of female soccer players are inspired to continue growing the female game in Canada.  The great news for British Columbia is the direct access to these games will offer everyone, including the extended soccer family of 8,000 youth playing in Greater Victoria.   I can guarantee that teams and families from the Island will be helping to fill BC Place to capacity and our office is already receiving calls and emails asking when tickets will go on sale!”, commented Karen Hood-Deshon, Executive Director of the Lower island District Soccer Association.

The tournament is expected to further raise the profile and interest of soccer across Canada and drive participation in what is already the sport which more Canadians take part in than any other. In BC alone there are already almost 50,000 registered female players which constitutes 42% of the total of 120,000.

In the past year, BC Soccer has also seen overall total youth registration increase by 2.5%, with mini-registrations (U6-U10) up almost 5%.  The Metro Women’s Soccer League, the largest women’s soccer league in Canada, has seen their total number of registered players increase by almost 10% in the past year to 5,000.

Laurie Robertson, President of the Metro Women’s Soccer League stated, “The Metro Women’s Soccer League and its members are hugely excited about the games being hosted in Vancouver as this will be a once in a lifetime chance to experience this incredible occasion and support the Canadian Women’s team. I am sure that the excitement for the tournament will be very positive for the league and the opportunities it will create for the many women who benefit from the health, social and emotional benefits that being part of a soccer team offers them.”

“This is a great opportunity to grow soccer in BC and Canada. We are already working on how we and our clubs can convert interest in the World Cup to attract even more girls and women, boys and men, to play soccer”, stated Barnes.

Ticket for the games will go on sale in the third quarter of 2014.

For more details about the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Canada including match schedule please visit  http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play.

Its vision is to pursue Canada's foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence. BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.

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