Edmonton mayor, FIFA officials to discuss Women’s World Cup bid By Charles Posted on September 23, 2011 0 0 454 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Stephen MandelEdmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel will meet with Canadian Soccer Association and FIFA officials this weekend as the Alberta capital pushes hard to be the jewel in the crown of the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Mandel will hold a press conference Monday morning along with FIFA officials to discuss progress on Edmonton’s portion of the Women’s World Cup planning process. Officials from the Canadian Soccer Association will also be in attendance. Yes, there are elephants in the room; a new arena for the Oilers dominates the headlines, but there is no denying the need for Commonwealth Stadium to have major work done ahead of the WWC. As well, FC Edmonton is still searching for a soccer-specific facility it can call home. But, for Canadian soccer fans, this presser will be the first public forum from FIFA officials on how they see this country’s bid progressing. Edmonton, at the moment, looks to be miles ahead of the other potential WWC host cities when it comes to planning for the event. Already, at the city limits, visitors will see “Women’s World Cup candidate city” signs up next to the famous “City of Champions” greetings. And the fact that the mayor is directly involved in negotiations with FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association shows the kind of political support the event has in the Alberta capital. If anything, this conference is proof of what’s been rumoured around the Canadian Soccer Association camp for a while; that Edmonton is pushing hard to get back into the picture as a major venue for international soccer matches. It’s no secret that FIFA has been enamoured with Edmonton as a venue for international games since the final of the U-19 Women’s World Championships, which drew more than 50,000 to Commonwealth Stadium to see the U.S. edge Christine Sinclair and the Canadian team in the final.