Here is the scoop on the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 for you to be in the loop during the exciting women’s soccer world championship tournament! I am Canadian and so proud that our country is hosting the event this year, which will take place from June 6 to July 5. The right to host the event this year was won by Canada back in 2011.
FIFA Women’s World Cup Competition Format
There are 24 finalists (teams), who were officially drawn into six groups back on December 6 of 2014 at the Canadian Museum of History, located in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Each of the six groups holds four teams, composed of the remainder of the 23 pre-qualified teams who were able to finish first and second in each group. The four best teams who ranked third qualified for the “round of 16.”
The Round of 16 occurs, followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals, third-place face-off, and then (drumroll please) the final! The number of qualifying matches is 398 for the 128 total teams, from start to finish in the event.
Who are the 24 Finalists FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015?
The 24 finalists are divided into six zones:
- Host & North, Central American and Caribbean Zone (3 teams plus the host) – Canada (Host), USA, Costa Rica, and Mexico
- Asian Zone (5 teams) – Japan, China PR, Thailand, Korean Republic, and Australia
- African Zone (3 teams) – Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Cameroon
- South American Zone (3 teams) – Colombia, Brazil, and Ecuador
- European Zone (8 teams) – Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, France, England, and Germany
- Oceanian Zone (1 team) – New Zealand
Timeline of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 Matches
The women’s soccer matches are taking place across Canada; the closest location to where I live is Vancouver, BC. The tournaments there will be at BC Place Stadium. There are also matches set to take place in Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Moncton, and Montreal.
The first stage of matches takes place from June 6-17, 2015. The Round of 16 then follows from June 20-23. Next is the Quarter-final on June 26 and 27, and the Semi-final on June 30 and July 1. Then, the Match for Third Place is July 4. The Final for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 is expected to take place on July 5. Mark your calendars!
As an interesting note, this is the third time the FIFA women’s Finals have taken place in Canada. The last time was the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (2014). Before that, it was the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup. The all-time ranking for Canada for the FIFA Women’s World Cup is 9th.
Awards for the FIFA Women’s World Cup
There are a few awards, of course! The FIFA fair play trophy goes to every player and official of the team that finishes first in the fair play contest (separate rules). This metal is accompanied by a diploma and $10,000 USD worth of football supplies that is designed to go toward women’s youth soccer development.
The Adidas Golden Ball goes to the best player in the Finals, based on the overall ranking by the FIFA Technical Study Group. There are also Silver and Bronze balls for the second and third place individuals in the women’s soccer event.
The Adidas Golden Boot is an award for the player scoring the most goals in the Finals. In addition, there is the Adidas Golden Glove, which goes to the best goalkeeper in the Finals. As with the Adidas Golden Ball, it is the FIFA Technical Study Group that makes the decisions on who wins which award in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
There is also – very cool! – a Young Player Award that goes to the best young player in the competition.
More about the Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament
If you are in Canada, the tournament will air on the CTV and TSN television networks. In the US, it will be on TV and radio via Fox Sports and Telemundo (owned by NBC).
Oh, and the mascot for FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015! It is a female great white owl named Shuéme.
Will you be watching the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 on TV or in person this year? The countdown is on!
©2015 Christy Birmingham