Edmonton got plum matches for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, while Vancouver got the final. So, it’s not a shock that the U-20 Women’s World Cup will see most of the marquee matches played in the eastern portion of the country.
The Canadian Soccer Association and FIFA unveiled the U-20 World Cup schedule in Montreal on Tuesday.
Toronto’s BMO Field, which wasn’t part of the 2015 Women’s World Cup bid but was brought into the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup as a replacement for Ottawa, will get Canada’s first two matches, Aug. 5 and Aug. 8, 2014. Montreal will host Canada’s third group-stage match, on Aug. 12, and Olympic Stadium will also get the final.
Toronto and Edmonton’s hosting duties will wrap up with quarter-finals on Aug. 16. That’s fair — as, really, it would be odd to see a city that excluded itself from the World Cup bid to get a semi-final or final. And, Edmonton is hosting more Women’s World Cup matches than any other city in 2015, including Canada’s first two matches; so, being more of a low-key host for the 2014 games, that’s fair play.
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