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Montagliani Speaks at CONCACAF Summit

Posted on 22 October 2013 in CONCACAF

The confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) is bringing governments and sports federations, including Canadian Soccer Association representatives, together to promote the growth and development of soccer. This landmark summit, Transformation Through Partnership, kicked off Monday Monday, 21 October 2013 in the Cayman Islands.

CONCACAF will host the next three consecutive Women’s World Cup events: FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Costa Rica 2014, U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. This means that Canada will be at the heart of the women’s game for the next two years.

Canadian Soccer Association President Victor Montagliani will update attendees on plans for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 and FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 competitions as well as their expected economic impact. In attendance will be ministers of sport and representatives of CONCACAF’s 41 member associations.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 will be the first major sporting event in the country to be held from coast to coast. It will take place across five separate time zones and feature teams from 24 countries. In a four-week period, it will consist of 52 matches with a goal of attracting over 1.5 million spectators and a world-wide TV audience of over 400 million.

Both the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup will leave a legacy for sport, for women and for Canada. This legacy includes infrastructure upgrades - including new stadiums in Winnipeg, MB and Ottawa, ON - as well as enhancements to facilities in Moncton, NB, Vancouver, BC, Edmonton, AB, Montreal, QC and Toronto, ON.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup will not only showcase the world’s best soccer players, but also serve as a platform to develop new generations of Canadian talent.

Other topics of discussion at the Transformation Through Partnership summit include:

  • Players’ and coaches’ perspectives on how soccer has changed their lives
  • How soccer impacts societies (including, health, education, crime prevention)
  • How to create successful partnerships.

Those wishing to interact in the event may do so via Twitter at #SportsSummit2013.

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