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10 awesome facts about the 2015 World Cup

 

Switzerland's Ana Maria Crnogorcevic, left, and Canada's Allysha Chapman collide during the first half of the FIFA Women's World Cup round of 16 in Vancouver, B.C., on Sunday, June 21, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is in full swing. The tournament, which is being held in Canada, kicked off on June 6 and will finish with a final match played on July 5. Get to know a bit more about the event with these fun facts.

1. Women in the World Cup

The FIFA World Cup has been played every four years since 1930, but women did not compete until 1991.

2. Biggest ever

There are 24 teams competing in this year’s tournament, making it largest Women’s World Cup yet.

Canada's players salute the crowd after their draw in Netherlands during the second half Women's World Cup Soccer in Montreal 2015

Canada's players salute the crowd after their 1-1 draw with Netherlands during second half Women's World Cup soccer Monday, June 15, 2015 in Montreal. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)

3. Time zones

Matches are being held in five cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal, and Moncton. This means the tournament will take place across five different time zones.

Canadian fans wait for the start of the Netherlands-Canada FIFA Women's World Cupgame in Montreal on Monday, June 15, 2015

Canadian fans wait for the start of the Netherlands-Canada FIFA Women's World Cupgame in Montreal on Monday, June 15, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

4. New goal technology

This tournament will be the first time that goal-line technology will be used at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The technology tells officials whether the entire soccer ball has crossed the goal line or not.

Belgium's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois looks to theball crossing the line as United States' Julian Green scored his side's first goal during the World Cup round of 16

Belgium's goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois looks to the ball crossing the line during the World Cup match between Belgium and the USA in Salvador, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

5. Fake grass

The 2015 Women’s World Cup is the first to ever be played on artificial turf. Not everyone is happy about this though. Some players say they are at a greater risk of injury on the fake grass.

A fine rubber material from the new artificial turf coats the shoes of a player during a game in Vancouver, BC.

A fine rubber material from the new artificial turf coats the shoes of a player during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday May 30, 2015. The new turf was installed for the Women's WorldCup. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

6. World Cup mascot

The World Cup has its own mascot—a female snowy owl named Shuéme. Her name was inspired by the French word chouette, which means owl. Shuéme is meant to symbolize peace and fair play.

Shueme the Snow Owl, the Women's World Cup mascot

Shueme the Snow Owl, the mascot of the Canada 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Football competition, dances on stage with children during a ceremony in Gatineau, Quebec, Saturday December 6, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand)

7. New teams

This year, there are eight teams making their first appearance in the Women’s World Cup: Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ivory Coast, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand.

Cote D'Ivoires Dominique Thiamale makes a save during a game against Germany on June 7, 2015

Cote d'Ivoire's Dominique Thiamale makes a save while taking on Germany during first half of FIFA Women's World Cup soccer action in Ottawa on Sunday, June 7, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

8. The most goals

The highest goal-scorer in a single Women’s World Cup match is Michelle Akers of the USA. She racked up five goals in a game between the US and Taiwan in 1991.

Michelle Ackers

United States' Michelle Akers (10) battles China's Yan Jin (8) for possession of the ball during the Women's World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, July 10, 1999. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield)

9. The fastest goal

The fastest goal in Women’s World Cup history took place in 1991. Lena Videkull, from Sweden, opened the scoring with a goal just 30 seconds into a game against Japan.

10. Most attended women's sporting event

The 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup final was the most-attended women’s sporting event in history. There were 90,185 spectators in attendance for the match between the USA and China. The game took place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. And the US team defeated China 5-4 in a penalty shootout.

1999 United States soccer team

The United States soccer team celebrate with the trophy after defeating China in a 5-4 in a penalty shootout in the Women's World Cup Final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. A dozen years later, they remain the most famous women's team in U.S. sports. (AP Photo/Michael Caulfield, File)

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