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June 11 at Metro Hall Square

Canadians love their soccer, and as official broadcaster of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ CBC is set to engage Canadians and bring the excitement of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ to their own backyards. To kick off the opening ceremonies, CBC SOCCER NATION soccer festival arrives in Toronto on June 11 at Metro Square, located at Metro Hall, 55 John Street across from the Canadian Broadcasting Centre. Attendees will experience the beautiful game in a whole new way! 

The family-friendly interactive event will include a soccer pitch where participants can test their soccer skills, take part in drills guided by pros and watch freestylers showcase their talents.  An interactive "CBC Zone" will give children and adults alike a chance to be sports broadcasters by getting behind a desk to call a famous moment from soccer's rich past, as well as experience the history of soccer through visuals and memorabilia.

Fans can meet their favourite local Toronto CBC personalities and get a limited-edition CBC 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ pin (quantities limited).Attendees will also be invited to experience interactive zones run by CBC SOCCER NATION sponsors CIBC,Rogers and Chevrolet, where they have a chance to win great prizes, participate in fun soccer games and much more.

The event runs June 11, starting a 5:30 a.m. with a live broadcast of CBC Radio One 99.1's METRO MORNING, hosted by Matt Galloway, and will continue on to 6 p.m.  More information can be found at cbc.ca/toronto/communityor cbcsoccernation.com

Complete coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ begins June 11 on CBC Television, bold and CBCSports.ca.  Viewers can visitCBCSports.ca/fifaworldcup for the latest news, exclusive video features, blogs, complete broadcast schedules and more.

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