As soon as a decision had been made to move forward with an application Canada was considered to be a leading candidate to host the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup after losing out to Germany for the 2011 event.
However, FIFA’s decision to accept bids for a multitude of their tournaments simultaneously caused a great deal of confusion at submission time. In a number of cases it was unclear which countries were bidding for what tournaments and it often seemed like the message “we will take whatever you give us,” was emanating from some bidders.
Just after bid submission time it looked as if the 2015 field was as crowded as a FIFA VIP reception. But after the dust had settled only Canada and Zimbabwe had offered to take on the responsibility of hosting the premier women’s soccer tournament in the world.
The field narrowed to only Canada when Zimbabwe withdrew earlier this week leaving the Canadian Soccer Association with a chance even easier than that potted by Obafemi Martins to win the Carling Cup for Birmingham City last Sunday at Wembley.
Confirmation will comes from FIFA Galactic HQ Thursday morning and although there will still be the all expenses paid by a FIFA Technical Inspection Committee that needs to be undertaken (we saw how important their finding were for 2018 and 2022) Canada will host the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
And then the work officially begins and it is not only the toil associated with ensuring that stadiums are ready, the logistics of moving, accommodating, feeding participants and the multitude of other complex tasks that few realize have to be undertaken.
More importantly for the future of the game in Canada, the objective is to ensure that when the 2015 event concludes Canada is not only recognized as having been a first class host but much more importantly – the winner and the World Champions.
Canada’s soccer fraternity is being offered the very real chance of being a world champion in a sport where the supporters, fans and media have been overly content – some might even say that some bask in it – to be considered gallant losers.
Too often and for far too long losses have been excused with “weren’t we unlucky,” or “the call went against us,” or “but we really tried hard.”
Enough excuses, and what is more, enough infighting, enough petty parochial politics.
Canada’s women’s team has already shown remarkable improvement under Italian Carolina Morace coach to the point where they should go to Germany this summer with a real (as opposed to delusional) chance of making an impact on the tournament.
The style of play under Morace as changed for the better and there is no reason with the additional incentive of 2015 that the players will not continue to improve and that others will force their way into the squad over the next four years.
This is the time for leadership. Carolina Morace has shown the way. Now who within the CSA is willing to step forward and commit to give Morace the contract, the latitude and most importantly the resources she needs to make Canada a winner 2015?
Forget “Own the Podium” this is bigger than that.
Please refrain from posting comments that;
The House reserves the right to delete any such comments and to block further participation on the site.