FIFA unveils 2015 World Cup schedule
Vancouver’s B.C. Place Stadium was named the site of FIFA’s 2015 Women’s World Cup final marking the first time-ever a World Cup final will be played on artificial turf.
Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Vancouver won the right to host matches for the expanded championship, which will be televised exclusively in the United States by FOX Sports.
"There's a lot of factors that go into (choosing the final venue)," said Steve Reed, a national organizing committee member. "The final match, certainly, we wanted to maximize the number of participants, the number of people that are in the seats. B.C. Place obviously has that capacity."
Similarly, Vancouver Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi applauded FIFA’s selection of Vancouver as the final venue.
"The venue is as good as you get anywhere in the world," said Lenarduzzi. "The province is one of the most beautiful places to visit. So to be hosting the world in July of 2015 is a very exciting prospect."
FIFA’s Executive Committee officially approved the official match schedule during a meeting in Zurich on Thursday. The competition will start with the opening ceremony and inaugural matches in Edmonton on June 6.
For the first time in the tournament’s history, 24 teams from across the globe will battle for the famed title. A total of 52 matches will be played over 30 days through the North American nation.
The competition's draw will take place once all qualifying games conclude in November 2014. Montreal and Edmonton, Alberta, will host semifinals in the tournament that will run from June 6 to July 5. Games also will be played in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Ottawa; and Moncton, New Brunswick.
The Associated Press was used in this report.