(ISN) – July 30, 2014 – The eyes of the soccer world will be on Canada this August as the country plays host to the top 16 under-20 women’s teams at FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 and CBC and Sportsnet World will carry all the action on TV and online. CBC-TV will have exclusive coverage of all of Canada’s matches while cbcsports.ca will stream every match from the entire tournament. Sportsnet World will provide coverage of eight additional Group Stage matches not involving Canada. The networks will combine to provide coverage of the quarter-final and semifinal rounds while CBC-TV will have exclusive coverage of the Third Place and Championship matches.
“The players we’ll see throughout this tournament represent the future of women’s soccer in Canada and around the world and we’re proud to showcase their amazing talent to Canadians,” said Trevor Pilling, head of sports programming, CBC. “The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup™ fits perfectly with our commitment to provide the best quality multi-platform coverage of major events like this that allow our audiences to get to know the amateur athletes that represent them throughout their journey to the highest level of their sport.”
CBC’s coverage will begin Tuesday, August 5th with Canada’s first Group Stage match against Ghana at 7:30 p.m. ET. Each CBC broadcast will be preceded by a 30-minute pre-game studio show with host Andi Petrillo (@AndiPetrillo) alongside analysts Nigel Reed (@Nigel_Reed) and Dr. Clare Rustad, with reporter Carly Agro (@CarlyCBCSports) providing on-site updates from each of Canada’s matches. The pre-game show will feature insight into the teams and players involved in each match and special features on Canadian players.
This three-week-long tournament will feature four groups of four teams playing a total of 32 matches across Canada in Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Moncton, with the final match played in Montreal on August 24th. Each team will play three games during the Group Stage, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the quarter-final round. Canada’s group features Ghana, Finland and Korea DPR. Canada’s best performance at this event was in 2002, the last time the tournament was played on home soil, where the team lost to USA 1-0 in the final. The Canadians look to use home field advantage again this year to fuel another run to the final game.