Claire Paterson Heat women's soccer coach: World Cup Good For Canadian Game

Heat women's soccer coach - Claire Paterson

The Heat women's soccer head coach Claire Paterson was on the with Kelowna radio station The Juice 103.9 to discus with the radio host that last Thursday FIFA has announced that Canada has won the right to host the 2015 Women's World Cup of soccer.

This link takes you to the text of that interview.

Friday, March 4, 2011 | 4:00 PM
by James Moore |

Canada has won the opportunity to host the Women's World Cup of Soccer for the first time ever.  The announcement was made by world soccer governing body FIFA on Thursday.  UBC Okanagan soccer coach Claire Paterson says 2015 will be an important year for Canadian Soccer.  "I had the opportunity to be involved with the 2002 Under-19 World Cup in Edmonton," she says, "just the number of female soccer players that took to the game after that event really created a lot of excitement around the women's game here in Canada," says Paterson.   Vancouver is one of several in the running to be the host city.  Paterson says it would be a great spot to host a few games.  "Soccer culture in Vancouver is definitely growing with the [Vancouver] Whitecaps moving to MLS," she says, "there's more stir and buzz about the game in Canada these days."  Paterson says big tournaments often spike in enrolment in local soccer programs.  As many as 6 cities could be given the opportunity to host games.  Canada's women's team is currently ranked ninth in the world.

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