Canada's 2015 Women's World Cup bid

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  1. RedCoatsforever

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    http://www.lfpress.com/sports/soccer/2011/02/15/17291761.html

    According to the article, the official host cities in the bid are Edmonton, Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.

    Toronto isn't eligible to host because they already have the 2015 PanAm games.

    So, the bid has officially been made, and our competition -according to the article- are Zimbabwe and Chile. How do you like our chances against Chile to host the tournament?


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    I don't like how they didn't try to get Toronto in. I'm sure they tried but I think they should have tried harder. The Pan Am games go from Jul.10 to the 26th in 2015. Why not push the world cup back or push it forward so that BMO can be used for some games before or after the Pan Am games are over? It would make sense would it not to host a final and/or one of the semifinals in Toronto?

    The World Cup goes from the last Sunday in June to the third Sunday in July this year. The two years before that, it was held throughout September. Why not move it back to September? Why not play it in August? FIFA seems to want to take each Women's World Cup one at a time based on the fact that the Men's tournament hosts are announced at least 6 years in advanced (and most recently, 8 and 12 years in advance). It appears as though they're flexible with the scheduling of the women's tournament and I want to know why the CSA has taken them up on that or least made a push.
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    I think that with BMO field having been the centrepiece of the U-20 World Cup bid, and with Toronto hosting the PanAm games, they can handle not hosting Women's World Cup games.

    It's nothing against Toronto or Torontonians, but the city has a habit of becoming the most important part of everything in Canada, and I think it's important that the other urban centres of the country get to feel special from time to time. ;)
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    Zimbawe for the win! :D


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    The sad thing is, given that it's FIFA, this might end up happening.
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    For the record, Chile is not making a bid. Initially they were interested, and started the process, but never made a final "submission of interest" or something like that to FIFA, and, as such, did not make a bid book, etc...
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    Toronto from time to time has to take the back seat and let other areas host major events be it mens or womens tournemants.If they had pushed the world cup back just to fit toronto in what not go over well with many.
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    Last year the U-20 WC in Germany was a blast,huge profile,lots of spectators etc...Canada could propably do a decent job with this,especially,since our flagship team is Women...
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    Yes but this is the biggest event in women's soccer. I think it would only make sense to play a game or two in Canada's biggest city and probably the most famous city in the country. By 2015, there will still only be two soccer specific stadiums in Canada: the one in Montreal which will get games and the "National Soccer Stadium" which won't get any. Also keep in mind that its got a pretty good capacity at around 22,000. There's a big difference between having 22,000 people in a 22,000 seat facility or that same number in a 60,000 stadium in Edmonton or Montreal.

    As for not pushing back the World Cup to fit Toronto, I don't think they'd have to do much depending on which games they would want in Toronto. They could move the World Cup up by two week (if they keep the same timing as this year) and that would be sufficient. Nothing against women's soccer, but I don't think anyone would mind and that includes any women's pro leagues that might be going on at that time. I think they would have no problem instituting some sort of a break for the World Cup. We're not talking about moving the World Cup to January here.
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    If BMO won't be used then we have to hope that the new Blue Bombers Stadium in Winnipeg would be available already...Artificial turf however...
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    Winnipeg are on the bid books, I can't imagine it being any other stadium in town.
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    It's been brought up to the "builders" to make sure the Stadium will be FIFA ready.

    Initially it wasn't going to be.





    February 1, 2011


    Miro Kliment
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    Dear Miro Kliment:

    Thank you for your email to The Honourable Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba regarding the new stadium to be located at the University of Manitoba, which has been forwarded to the Honourable Ron Lemieux, Minister of Local Government for his review and information.

    Please be assured that your correspondence will be brought to the Minister's attention.

    Yours sincerely,

    “original signed by”

    Eric Plamondon
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    to the Minister of Local Government

    c: The Honourable Greg Selinger
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    Looks like Canada will get to host it as there is only one applicant that applied to FIFA for the WC Women's 2015...Or can they lose to themselves?
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    Blatter will probably give it to Qatar or Bahrain.
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    Canada won as expected...
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    Sportsnet soccer analyst Gerry Dobson joins Jeff Blair to talk about the women’s soccer world cup coming to Canada and the affects it will have on Toronto and the PANAM games happening at around the same time.
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    Furthermore, the committee appointed the hosts for several FIFA competitions in the years 2012 to 2015. These decisions were as follows: FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015™ and FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2014 awarded to Canada; FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013 to Turkey; FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 to New Zealand; FIFA U-17 World Cup 2013 to the United Arab Emirates; FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 to Chile; FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2012 to Uzbekistan and FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 to Costa Rica.


    http://www.fifa.com/aboutfifa/federation/bodies/media/newsid=1392053.html
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    From the CSA site:

    Not really that upset as a Torontonian. It looks bad on us but it'll give me an excuse to get away from the PAN-AM games to the other host cities!
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    Peter Montopoli was on the FAN and he said that the hosts were not final. The cities on the bid book are still "bidding" and aren't going to be officially announced as "host cities" until October. Toronto can still jump back in but they would have to get up to speed on all of the requirements and get government guarantees/dollars.

    The city is still guaranteed at least 12 hours a month for community use at the "National Soccer Stadium" IIRC and I guess if they were to play there, they could get those 12 hours of guaranteed access in June. This would work because you're not overlapping with the PanAm games, Toronto's going to get great exposure and the grass won't be as heavily beat up in July (PanAm + MLS + CCL).
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    Hope it won't all be artificial turf.
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    I thought the majority of PanAm soccer was going to be taking place at Ivor Wynne in Hamilton, no? Is BMO actually hosting games?
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    2015 Women’s World Cup could be a memorable event for Canada
    Andrew Bucholtz Eh Game 4 May, 2012

    The best women's soccer players in the world will be coming to six cities across Canada in the summer of 2015. FIFA president Sepp Blatter was at Ottawa's Parliament Hill Friday to make the official announcement of which Canadian cities were selected as hosts for the 2015 Women's World Cup, and, as expected, Ottawa, Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal, Winnipeg and Moncton were chosen. (Toronto declined to bid for the event thanks to preparations for hosting the Pan-Am Games that same summer.) That should set the stage for a tremendous and historic event, one of the most high-profile women's sports competitions in the world, and one that should provide a chance to see the Canadian team excel.

    The Women's World Cup isn't as well-known as the men's competition, and that's understandable considering both its recent beginnings (the tournament only started in 1991, compared to the men's tournament's debut in 1930) and the lower degree of interest many have in women's soccer. However, it's still an incredible tournament in its own right, and it's the largest single-sport women's event in the world. What's also notable is that the Women's World Cup is on the rise; it's come a long way from the initial domination of the Americans, Norwegians and Germans to a place where there are plenty of contenders around the world, as exemplified by the Japanese team's surprising victory over the U.S. in the 2011 tournament final.

    That growing depth will be reflected in 2015. The tournament's expanding from 16 to 24 teams and from 32 to 52 matches, and that will allow Canada to be a part of women's soccer history. There are still definitely teams that are head-and-shoulders above the main pack, including the U.S. and Canada (as seen in Olympic qualifying this year), but the women's game is getting much better around the world, and that should make for at least some entertaining and competitive matches in all of the Canadian host cities.

    Expect Canadian fans to turn out in force, too. This country's gotten behind big soccer events before, including the 2007 men's U-20 World Cup and the 2002 women's U-19 World Cup, which saw 47,000 pack Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium to watch the home team take on the U.S. in the final. Which stadium will host the 2015 final doesn't seem to have been determined yet, but Commonwealth and B.C. Place will presumably be in the running, and either would be an excellent choice. The other stadiums involved should be great sites for this tournament as well, including the new CFL stadiums in Winnipeg (to be completed this year) and Ottawa (to be completed for 2014), Montreal's Olympic Stadium and Moncton Stadium. There are strong soccer communities in each city involved, and we've seen plenty of support for the Canadian women's team over the last decade; it's not hard to imagine large numbers turning up for other matches, either, especially if enough is done on the promotion and marketing front to convince people of the quality of soccer that will be on display. Some of the world's best female athletes are coming to Canada in 2015, and it should be a great event for the country; Canada's also a perfect host for this tournament, given the interest in women's sports here (as we've seen with other events like the women's ice hockey world championships). It's a perfect fit of event and location, and it should produce a memorable experience.

    It's also positive that the Canadian team seems to be on the upswing under new coach John Herdman, who led them through the Olympic qualifying campaign with flying colours. There's a long way to go before 2015, but the Canadian women's team looks like a legitimate top-10 side at the moment, and if they can keep that up, they could use the home-field boost to do something really special in a few years. The 2015 Women's World Cup will be a solid event regardless of how the locals do (the winless, goalless performance of the home side at the U-20 World Cup in 2007 didn't spoil the party), but a strong Canadian showing could make it truly special, and there seems to be a good chance that could happen. It's going to be well worth watching.
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    The Montreal Stadium situation is somewhat awkward at the moment, I wonder what the final decision will be?

    Saputo is an excellent 20k SSS, wheras the Olympic stadium is a relatively poor 60k facility. Everyone knows about the bad turf, but the indoor environment in general is somewhat decrepit. The amenities suck, the jumbotron is from the 70's and the sound system is inaudible. The seating arrangement and sight lines are not optimal for soccer either.

    There is word that a BC place style renovation is in the works, and in my opinion with a decent retrofit the O could become a fantastic soccer facility. A final decision of what to do(or not to do) will come at the end of this year, hopefully the WWC should help embolden them to dream big!
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    Source?
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    Why
    thank you for asking sir!

    Over in the Impact forum we've been debating the issue for a few months now. It's worth reading back if you are at all interested.

    http://www.bigsoccer.com/community/threads/montreal-2012-stadium-situation.1424342

    Here is the report on potential improvements i alluded to:

    http://www.journaldemontreal.com/2012/03/07/la-2e-vie-du-stade (French)

    Salient points include:

    -They hope to make the stands highly reconfigurable, easy to reduce to 35,000 or even 8,000 seats as needed. This makes the stadium much cheaper to run, and will thus open it for many more uses. currently the rate for leasing the stadium is too much for anything but large concerts or sporting events.

    -A decision on the roof should be made by the Quebec government by the end of 2012. There will be a new roof, all options are being considered: fixed or retractable, soft or hard. Prices for each version are between $150 million and $500 million. The choice will be made by Infrastructure Quebec, who decides on all large government projects. One non-obvious point for a retractable roof is that some large sporting events mandate an open roof(ie: FIFA, world athletics competitions)

    - the sound system will be redone, "the technology has improved dramatically"

    -over the next 10-15 years the whole site will be overhauled to be more attractive and connect better with the surrounding neighborhoods. A basic plan should be made public by the end of 2012. They are basing it on the experience of Federation Park, Australia, the Parc de la Villette, France and Seattle Center. All abandoned sites that have been rehabilitated and attract lots of people.

    In addition they have already allocated $7 million "for a three year action plan launched by the Olympic Installations Board (RIO) to fund various initiatives: renovations, food services, night lighting, outdoor program."

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