The Women’s World Cup is set to begin tomorrow afternoon, at 3pm PST, with Canada playing host to China at Commonwealth Stadium. 24 teams will compete in this year’s tournament with games taking place in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, and Moncton. BC Place will be the host of the Finals (July 5th).
The 8th ranked Canadian team will be appearing in their 6th World Cup, with a previous best of 4th (2003). Including in their group will be Netherlands (12th), China (16th), and New Zealand (17th). In addition to Canada’s opening game against China on Saturday, Canada will play New Zealand at Commonwealth Stadium on June 11th (6pm PST), and Netherlands at Olympic Stadium on June 15th (4:30pm PST). The Canadian team is favoured to win the group –and it would be a disappointment if they did not- and if that were to happen they would play at BC Place June 21st, in the round of 16. Should Canada win their group, they have a strong chance of advancing to the quarterfinals, set to be played on June 27th at BC Place, with Germany, US, and France all likely on the other side of the bracket. So, make sure to get out there and support the Women’s National team. I have always enjoyed watching their games and they have proven to be a far more entertaining group to follow compared to the Men’s team.
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