Moncton to host 7 Women's World Cup soccer games
High-calibre matchups guaranteed, city manager says
Moncton will host seven games during the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada in June 2015.
The official soccer match schedule was approved in Zurich on Thursday.
Details about which teams will be playing in Moncton have not yet been released, but city manager Jacques Dubé doubts Canada will be among them, having just played a pre-Olympic friendly game in the city last year against China.
Still, Moncton is guaranteed some high-calibre competition, said Dubé.
"We've been given two high level, or highly-ranked teams to come to Moncton, two out of seven, which means just about a third of all high-ranking teams are coming to Moncton during that time, which is fantastic," he said.
"Typically, your highly-ranked teams are places like England and France and all those countries — Italy and Spain."
The games, which will include a Round of 16 matchup, will all be played at the Moncton Stadium at the Université de Moncton.
Tickets will go on sale in the third quarter of 2014, officials said.
Richard Saillant, the university's vice-president of administration and human resources is excited.
"It's a great opportunity for us to showcase the university to the world — both to build our reputation as an institution, but also to attract the attention of some potential students in many countries where soccer, football is a very well loved sport," he said.
The Moncton Stadium captured international attention during the 2010 World Junior Track and Field Championships.
"The Women’s World Cup is one of the most significant sporting events in the world and this will further enhance Moncton’s reputation as the sports and entertainment capital in the Maritimes," Deputy Mayor Merrill Henderson stated in a release.
It will be an "incredible opportunity … to showcase" Moncton and the province to a worldwide audience, agreed Dorothy Shephard, the minister responsible for sport and recreation.
World Cup games will also be held in Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver between June 6 and July 5.
The event will feature a record number of 24 countries, up from 16, and 52 matches, up from 32.
FIFA is the governing body of international soccer.