Why We’ll All Be Watching The Women’s World Cup
The biggest-ever women’s world cup kicks-off on Saturday. Here’s everything you need to know…
The Women’s World Cup kicks off on Saturday and it will be the biggest tournament in the history of women’s football. Here’s everything you need to know before the gals get out on the pitch.
Why do we care?
It’s a huge moment for women’s sport. For the first time ever every game of the competition will be broadcast on the BBC, making it the most comprehensive coverage of a woman’s football tournament in history. It’s not confined to any obscure channels; either -viewers can watch it across a range, including BBC Two, BBC Three, Radio 5Live and BBC Sport Online.
Canada is the 2015 host. The tournament will be held in six Canadian cities, with the first match at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton and subsequent matches being held in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Moncton and Montreal.
The tournament kicks-off on Saturday 6th June at 23.00 as hosts, Canada, compete against China at the Commonwealth Stadium. The final will be held in Vancouver on the 5t/6th July.You can see all the timings here.
There will be 24 teams taking part. That’s the largest number of teams ever to be featured in the same tournament. As there’s so many teams, they will each have to play an extra game.
The tournament has already been embroiled in a storm of controversy. Late last year, a group of players filed a lawsuit against the Canadian Soccer Association and FIFA. The players cited sexual discrimination after a decision was made to use Astroturf on all pitches, instead of the grass pitches the men play on. Artificial grass might be more cost-effective and weather-resistant than natural grass but it can be easier to slip on and a graze following a fall can be quite brutal.
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