The Women's World Cup is one step closer to commencing with the groups stage drawings taking place yesterday. Beginning June 6th and concluding on July 5th, the World Cup will take place in Montreal (Olympic Stadium), Edmonton (Commonwealth Stadium), Winnipeg (Investors Group Field), Ottawa (TD Place Stadium), Moncton (Moncton Stadium), and Vancouver (BC Place).
While BC Place was lucky enough to be chosen as the host of the final, the exciting round-robin games are sparse. BC Place will host Japan versus Switzerland and Cameroon versus Ecuador on June 8th, Japan versus Cameroon and Switzerland versus Ecuador on June 12th, and Nigeria versus United States on June 16. As for 8th ranked Canada’s road to the World Cup final, they will play in Group A against China (14th) on June 6th at Commonwealth Stadium, June 11th against New Zealand (19th) at Commonwealth Stadium, and June 15th against Netherlands (15th) at Olympic Stadium. Should the team finish first in that group, which seems highly possible, we would get to see the team at BC Place on June 21st against the 3rd place finisher from group C, D, or E. If they finish second, then they will play June 20th at Commonwealth Stadium against Japan (3rd) or, more likely, Switzerland (18th). As for our neighbour, the United States will be in group D with Australia (10th), Sweden (5th), and Nigeria (35th).
Despite some of the issues pertaining to the use of artificial turf rather than natural grass, this is shaping up to be a big tournament for the Canadian team and for the country. I hope to hear many Whitecaps fans supporting this bid and cheering on our team. Tickets are actually not that expensive and seem to be getting cheaper by the day!
Are you excited? Taking in any games? Traveling to Edmonton to see Canada play? Let us know!