The FIFA Executive Committee provisionally approved the official match schedule yesterday for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 in Zurich.
The competition kicks off with the opening ceremony and matches in Edmonton. In total, 52 matches will be played from coast to coast in six venues from June 6 to July 5. The final match will be played in Vancouver.
Canada, as the hosts, has been named the A1 seeds, which means the Canadians will play their first two group matches in Edmonton.
For the first time, the 2015 tournament will welcome 24 teams from around the world, a milestone in women’s football as the beautiful game continues to grow in all regions of the globe.
The qualification matches will begin in April 2013 with the preliminary round in Europe and will continue until November 2014, ending with playoff matches between the fourth-placed team from CONCACAF (North, Central America and the Caribbean) and the third-placed team from CONMEBOL (South America).
Canada 2015 will see the participation of five teams from the AFC (Asia), three teams from CAF (Africa), three or four teams from CONCACAF (not counting the Canadian hosts), two or three teams from CONMEBOL, eight teams from UEFA (Europe), and one team from the OFC (Oceania).
The National Organizing Committee has also announced that tickets will go on sale in the third quarter of 2014.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 will be preceded one year earlier by the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The official match schedule and host cities for Canada 2014 will be announced in the coming months and ticket sales will begin in August.
For more information and the match schedule for Canada 2015, visit the official website at www.fifa.com/canada2015.