Arch rivals Canada and the United States will face off in this year’s national women’s soccer team home schedule opener in Winnipeg on May 8.
The match will mark Canada’s first home match in Manitoba’s largest city since 1990 when the national side hosted its first ever women’s international match in Winnipeg.
“In line with the priorities identified in Canada Soccer’s recently introduced 2014-2018 strategic plan, we believe that increasing the number of playing opportunities against quality opponents at home will boost the performance of our national teams,” said Canada Soccer’s general secretary Peter Montopoli. “We are thrilled to bring world-class women’s soccer back to Winnipeg and look forward to giving the fans in Manitoba a chance to come and support Canada’s women’s national team on the road to Canada 2015.”
Winnipeg is one of the six host cities for next year’s International Soccer Federation (FIFA) World Cup.
“We are pleased to host this important match and give Manitoba soccer fans a chance to see some of the best players in the world,” said Ron Lemieux, the Minister of Tourism, Culture, heritage, Sport & Consumer Protection. “This kind of event will highlight the game of soccer and the amazing facility of Investors Group Field that will be used to host the game.”
While making the announcement for the game in Winnipeg, Montopoli presented the preliminary economic impact projections for the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup this year in Canada and next year’s World Cup.
He said initial projections indicate the two global tournaments will produce output of over $337-million nationally.
The 2015 competition is expected to support $267-million in economic activity with the 2014 competition expected to support an additional $70-million. The net economic activity of the tournaments is anticipated to reach $169-million with $37-million in 2014 and $132-million next year.