Canada will be hosting the Women's World Cup from June 6th to July 5th, which will be made up by 24 teams from around the world, and include three from South America: Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador.
The event will have six hosting cities: Edmonton, Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal and Moncton, of which the last four will be visited by the national teams of South America.
Hereby we highlights a few interesting details about the hosting cities being visited by the three football associations from CONMEBOL.
Vancouver will be hosting Ecuador, in the first two games of the group stage, against Cameroon and Switzerland. The city belongs to the province of British Columbia. The population of the metropolitan area is just over 2 million. The population of downtown Vancouver is about 578,000 inhabitants, and is made up of more than 200 different ethnic origins. Multiculturalism is present throughout the area.
Vancouver is a dynamic, international city that offers an unusual range of activities and experiences. There are many cultural and performing arts available for tourist. As for football, BC Place is the largest sports facility in British Colombia and the main football stadium in Canada. Over the years, this world-class arena, located in the leisure area of downtown Vancouver, has accommodated more than 27 million people and has hosted an incredible range of prominent events like the ceremonies for the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010.
Montreal will be hosting the national team from Brazil and Colombia. The city was founded in 1642, and is the largest city in the Canadian province of Quebec. Montreal has hosted numerous international events such as the World Expo 1967 Summer Olympics and the 1976's U-20 World Cup in 2007.
Montreal is considered the second largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris, and is the only large city in North America where French is mainly spoken. Its old town, Old Montreal, was declared a historic district in 1964. In 2011, the city had 1,886,481 inhabitants, and its metropolitan area nearly 4 million.
The city, with much multicultural character, blends its French accent with over 120 other cultural communities, and dazzles with its Euro-American ambiance. Montreal has more than 300 football fields, and 30 of them are synthetic.
Moncton is a city located in the geographic center of the Maritime Provinces of Canada. It has consistently been considered as one of the best cities to live in Canada.
It has a metropolitan population of over 138,000 inhabitants and 1.5 million people living within a two hour drive. The city has long attracted large crowds, and it is the first officially bilingual city in Canada
Winnipeg is located at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, almost at the geographic center of North America. Since 1945, and due to its location, the city has been growing while becoming the leading producer of grain, as well as the financial, industrial and transportation center. It is the eighth largest city in Canada for its size and dominates the economy of the Providence of Manitoba.
With a population of over 778,000 inhabitants, of many different cultures, Winnipeg exudes a cosmopolitan and international atmosphere and radiates a warm and friendly hospitality.
The city offers a tremendous amount of recreational, sports and fun activities for a city of its size. It has 40 football fields, 26 golf courses, 24 tennis courts, 30 hockey arenas, casinos, a racetrack, professional hockey team, football and baseball, as well as world known performing arts.
Winnipeg has hosted several international football competitions, including the qualifying matches for the World Cup and has hosted the 1967's Pan American Games in 1999.
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