Canada is expected to become an incredibly popular destination for soccer after winning the rights to host the two major FIFA events for women’s soccer. Canada will be holding both the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
These two tournaments will be taking place in seven cities across the country and it is expected to draw at least 2 million fans from all over the globe. The nation is preparing to make hay with this news, as it is expected to be followed by several announcements linking with the development of infrastructure across the country.
The FIFA head for the women competitions, Tatjana Haenni stated that this was indeed a great news for women’s soccer. FIFA are planning to expand the game to all corners of the globe and not just to Canada. Men’s soccer is now only picking up pace in the North American country. There have been a few Canadian teams included in the MLS, while more are set to be added in the near future. Toronto, Montréal, and Edmonton are expected to be some of the top destinations at these major tournaments.
They may not attract the attention as men’s tournament, but Canada believes that they can certainly help improve the profile of the nation as a soccer country, according to www.ilovemanutd.com.
“The world needs to see good women’s football. We hope that we can reach so many countries worldwide to further develop football, not only in the world but also in Canada. It’s important for us to hold these events in countries that can show the world that women’s football is at a high level and is developed and has success stories. That hopefully helps other countries to jump on the train,” said Tatjana Haenni.
Haenni is expected to visit Canada in the next few days.
Earl Cochrane has been appointed as the deputy general secretary of the Canadian Soccer Association from January 1 and he will be acting until a permanent solution is found. Cochrane has been out of work for the last few months after being released by Toronto FC where he served as the director of the team. He was also in charge of the player operations as well. He is one of great experience and Canada’s Soccer Association will be extremely happy to have appointed him.
CSA general secretary Peter Montopoli has stated that the association is extremely happy to have Cochrane on the board. The coming few years are extremely important for Canadian soccer since the country will be hosting the likes of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup in successive years. CSA will also be looking to bring in many changes for the upcoming World Cup qualification for the men’s tournament. This will include the new domestic player development system.
CSA’s press release has said that Cochrane will be looking after several aspects of the association including the likes of player registration, national competitions, and player transfers. He will also oversee several aspects of the local clubs as well.
“We are pleased to welcome Earl Cochrane back to our Canada Soccer team. Earl is an organized and versatile sports professional whose experience will be extremely valuable to our organization as we prepare for two of the most important years to date for our sport in this country,” said CSA general secretary Peter Montopoli. “Cochrane will oversee the soccer administration of Canada Soccer, including sport governance, discipline and appeals, player registration and transfers and national competitions,” said the press release from CSA.
Canada have failed to qualify for the World Cup 2014, but will be hoping that the fortune changes in 2018.