A report coming to Vancouver City Council next Thursday recommends the City endorse the Canadian Soccer Association’s bid to host the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which would see the largest women’s sporting event in the world held in Vancouver along with six other cities in Canada.
“Vancouver is a great city for soccer, and hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup would be an exciting opportunity for sports fans in the city and across the country,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “After the success of the 2010 Winter Games, and the Grey Cup and Major League Soccer coming soon, Vancouver is establishing itself as a top-notch sports town.
“Hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup is a rare opportunity for our city and I hope council will join me in supporting the bid.”
FIFA will announce their decision regarding Canada’s bid in March 2011. If successful, the 2014 FIFA Women’s Under 20 World Cup will also be awarded to Canada.
The Canadian Soccer Association is requesting funding assistance for the development of both tournaments in Vancouver; the report recommends Council approve grant funding for a maximum of $400,000 over four years to the CSA.
“As the Mayor of Vancouver and a life-long soccer fan, I’m thrilled we have the chance to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup in our city,” said the Mayor. “Having the world’s best players compete right here in Vancouver would be great for getting more kids involved in soccer, it would be exciting entertainment and would provide another boost for Vancouver’s international reputation.”
The council report can be read here:
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