Toronto will host seven matches, including the opening game in next year’s International Soccer Federation (FIFA) Under-20 women’s World Cup.
A total of four Group “A” games and a Group “C” and “D” encounter along with a quarter-final match will be played at the National Soccer Stadium.
Canada will appear in the opener on August 5 and another group game in Toronto during the three-week tournament that features 16 teams and 32 matches.
Montreal, Moncton and Edmonton will also host six matches in the group phase and an August 16 quarter-final.
The semi-finals will be held in Montreal and Moncton on August 20 and the third-place playoff game and the final will be held at Montreal’s Olympic stadium four days later.
As the host country, Canada automatically secures a World Cup spot.
This is the second time Canada is hosting the competition since 2002 when the inaugural tournament took place in Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria.
The national side lost 1-0 to the United States in the final.
The official 2014 match schedule was released last month.
“The announcement of the match schedule is an important moment on the road to the final tournament as the host cities now know the number of games they will host,” said Tatjana Haenni, FIFA’s deputy director of competitions for women’s soccer. “And the fans can already save the dates and in November will be able to finally buy their tickets for the matches.”
Bal Gosal, Canada’s Minister of State with responsibility for sport, said this country is honoured to welcome the best young female soccer players from around the world.
“Our government is pleased to support this major international event that will showcase our cultural diversity and bring many economic benefits,” he said. “We invite Canadians to join in as the excitement for the FIFA Under-20 women’s World Cup Canada 2014 starts to build across our nation in the coming months.”
The regional qualifying competitions start later this month with the European Under-19 eight-team championship in Wales from August 19-31 that will determine that continent’s four participants. The two African qualifiers will emerge from a home and away series starting in September and ending on January 24 while the Asian Soccer Confederation Under-19 competition from October 11-20 in Nanjing, China will produce the top three sides to advance to the World Cup.
Three teams will also emerge from the Confederation of North, Central American & Caribbean Associations of Soccer (CONCACAF) qualifier in the Cayman Islands from January 9-19, the sole Oceanic side will come out of the region’s tournament from January 15-24 and the South American Soccer Federation championship in Uruguay from January 8-26 will decide the two finalists.
By RON FANFAIR