Building on success: the journey to Canada 2015

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With the eyes of the world fixed on Canada for the Final Match of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014, the National Organising Committee is equally fixed on another important date less than one year away.

Building on the success of 2014, plans are well underway for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.

‎The Final Match is next 5 July 2015, with tickets to the grand finale on sale this coming 10 September 2014.

At the closing press conference on 23 August ahead of the Canada 2014 Final Match, organisers confirmed pricing and details for ticket sales to the Canada 2015 Final Match. Organisers also confirmed the success of the seventh edition of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which closes 24 August.

“Our stadia, our training grounds and three of our six official cities for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 have been tested,” said Victor Montagliani, President of Canada Soccer and Chair of the National Organising Committee. “We are very pleased with all that has transpired in all the 2014 venues.”

“As we know, this tournament is really about football, so what we are really pleased with is the quality of the young players that have come through the tournament. From our standpoint, we’re very happy with the run that our Canadian team took and the development we saw in our young players.

“Don’t be surprised if you see some of the players who played in this tournament, not only for our country but for other countries as well, actually be back next year and play in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015.”

Canada rallied behind its young players, with more than 16,000 spectators per match for Canada’s four matches. That included a tournament high of 22,421 for the quarter-final match against Germany in Edmonton.

Montagliani finds this year’s numbers encouraging moving forward because, unlike the situation in many other parts of the soccer world, the women don’t take a back seat to the men when it comes to popularity or public support.

“Our women’s U-20 quarter-final outdrew other soccer games that were on TV that weekend, so those numbers highlight the demand in our marketplace.

“I’ve seen little boys wearing Christine Sinclair jerseys. I’m not sure that happens anywhere else. I think the game here transcends the gender and I think it’s really about the game in its entirety. This is how we see the tournament next year – it’s football. I know it’s called the FIFA Women’s World Cup, but for us it’s a great opportunity to grow the game in all aspects.”

Achieving the stated objective of selling 1.5 million spectators to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 would make it the best-attended FIFA event outside of a men’s FIFA World Cup finals. It would also top the nearly 1.2 million spectators that attended the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007.

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