Vancouver's new B.C. Place Stadium will provide the backdrop for Canada's quest for an Olympic berth in women's soccer.
Vancouver has been awarded the CONCACAF Olympic women's qualifying tournament, Jan. 19-29, 2012, the Canadian Soccer Association announced Tuesday.
"British Columbia enjoys a stellar reputation for supporting soccer and hosting major events," Peter Montopoli, the CSA's general secretary, said in a statement. "We saw the success of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007 and the enthusiastic fan support that propelled the Vancouver Whitecaps into Major League Soccer. I can think of no better place for our women's national team to win their way to London."
The tournament's eight teams include Canada, Mexico and the United States, plus three from the Caribbean and two from Central America. The top two countries earn spots in the London Games.
B.C. Place Stadium is undergoing renovations that include a retractable roof. Construction is scheduled to be completed by September. The B.C. Lions are scheduled to play at the new stadium on Sept. 30, while the Vancouver Whitecaps will play their first game there Oct. 2.
Canada lost 2-1 to the United States in the quarter-finals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.