The Women’s World Cup begins on Saturday. To say that I’m excited is an understatement. Ever since the announcement was made the it was being held in Canada back in 2012, I’ve been looking forward to it. The games are being played straight across the country, from Moncton in the east to Vancouver in the west.
While it would have been great to go to a game towards the end of the tournament, I knew I wanted to make sure that I saw Canada play. I’ve been following the Canadian women’s team for years now and I’m pretty excited to be able to see them in person. I follow quite a few of the players on social media and have been following their careers. While there’s quite a few older players on the team that are veterans, I’m looking forward to seeing how some of the younger ones rise to the occasion. I bought tickets for the Canada v New Zealand game for June 11.
One of the big questions was how much of the World Cup would be televised here in Canada. Hosting the competition here is a huge boost for soccer in Canada, and I think televising the games would make a huge difference. According to tsn.ca, it looks like quite a few of the games will be in TV (TSN and CTV in Canada, as well as Fox Sports in the US), which makes me very happy. The fact that women’s soccer is getting airplay on TV is huge here in Canada. You better believe that I’ll be watching a lot of soccer for the next month.
I know it’s going to be surreal to sit in Commonwealth Arena in Edmonton and watch Sinclair, Matheson, Buchanon, LeBlanc, Tancredi, McLeod, and Moscato play in person. I’ve been watching them on TV for so long and cheering for them from my couch, it’ll be great to do it with them on the field in front of me. I know they’ve been working hard to get ready for this tournament, so I’m hoping that they perform well.
I don’t want to jinx anything, but I’m predicting that the final will be between Canada and Japan. Japan won the last Women’s World Cup back in 2011 by beating the US in the gold medal game. They’ll be a worthy opponent if Canada plays them. There’s also a huge rivalry between Canada and the US, so if they end up playing each other I know it’ll be an intense game.
Leave a comment saying which country you’ll be cheering for to win the World Cup.