Toronto will host International Soccer Federation (FIFA) Women’s World Cup Under-20 matches next year.
Ontario’s provincial capital joins Moncton, Montreal and Edmonton as host cities for the seventh edition of the biennial competition. The inaugural competition – it was then the FIFA Under-19 World Cup – was played in Canada eleven years ago.
“The FIFA Under-20 World Cup is another great opportunity for our country and the four host cities to welcome the world and the world’s game,” said national organizing committee chairman, Victor Montagliani. “This competition serves as a terrific showcase for the future stars of women’s soccer, with the best often proving that they are ready for the big competition just one year later.”
Canada hosts the 2015 Women’s World Cup, but matches will not be played in Toronto.
The official 2014 Under-20 World Cup emblem and official telecommunications provider – Bell Canada – were also unveiled last weekend.
Last Sunday, Canada succumbed 3-0 to the United States in their friendly international before a record crowd of 22,453 at BMO Field.
“The heart was there, the spirit was there, but again this has proved to be a very difficult fixture for us,” said national coach, John Herdman.
This was the Canadians 45th loss in 53 meetings with the Americans since the national women’s program was launched 27 years ago. The national side last beat the Americans 12 years ago at the Algarve Cup tournament in Portugal.
Herdman said the latest result will serve as a “reality check” for his side as they continue their preparation for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015.
“There is a gap, but we need to ask ourselves collectively what we can do to close that gap,” he said. “Don’t write us off. We will be back.”
Canada’s next friendly is on the road in Germany on June 19.
The national team’s next home game is against Korea Republic at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on October 30.