FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada Final Report

July 7th, 2015 @ 10:53am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The FIFA Women’s World Cup has left Vancouver after inspiring young players, smashing records on and off the pitch, and giving the city a flashback to its 2010 Winter Olympics atmosphere. All in all, I attended 7 matches at BC Place, including group stages, Round of 16, the quarter-final, and the final, watching the seats fill from 20,000 spectators to over 50,000 in the last few matches in Vancouver.

The Canada v England match at BC Place was the highest attended and border line-ups were staggering as Americans came up to support their team throughout several stages of play. Flags waved on Robson Street and face paint was the official accessory of summer in Vancouver. The city came alive with national pride, whatever your nation, and that’s what made this event so special.

FIFA Women's World Cup England Canada

FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada Final Report

Here are some key figures released by FIFA at the end of the tournament:

Attendance

Host Cities: Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Moncton, Montreal
Total attendance: 1,353,506
Average attendance: 26,029
Biggest attendance: 54,027 for the Canada vs. England quarter-final in Vancouver
Seven matches had over 50,000 spectators in attendance
Canada 2015 set a new total attendance record for a FIFA competition other than the FIFA World Cup™

Competition Stats

Total of 146 goals scored
Average of 2.81 goals per match compared to 2.69 in 2011
England achieved a historic first victory over Germany after 18 defeats and two draws.
USA vs. Japan beat the previous record set in 2011 for the highest scoring Final in FIFA Women’s World Cup™ history
Carli LLOYD (USA) scored the first ever hat-trick in a FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Final
USA surpassed Germany as the top scoring team in FIFA Women’s World Cup™ history with 112 goals

Television

  • Canada: CTV and RDS broke the Canadian viewing record for any FIFA Women’s World Cup™ match (quarter-final: average audience 3.2 million)
  • USA: FOX scored its biggest ever audience for a football match (semi-final: average audience 8.4 million)
  • France: W9 achieved its best figures on record and set a new French digital terrestrial viewing record (quarter-final: average audience 4.1 million)
  • Japan: Fuji TV attracted more than twice the number of viewers for the semi-final than in 2011 (semi-final: 9.3 million)

In the United States, the average audience exceeded every game of the NBA Finals, the 2014-15 broadcast season average of every show in primetime, including Sunday Night Football, and the primetime average of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

FIFA WWC at BC Place

Fan Zones

The Fan Zone areas in each host city were a great success with the Vancouver site proving the most popular destination with over 100,000 fans attending over the course of the tournament.

Canada 2015

I attended the closing FIFA press conference just ahead of the final match on Sunday, where executives praised the Canadian organizers for their “flawless” execution of the events. It was the first time FIFA had ever had a World Cup take place across 5 time zones and there were a lot of logistics to work out.

In terms of Team Canada’s performance, Peter Montopoli, Chief Executive Officer of the National Organising Committee and Canada Soccer General Secretary said that Canada is the only nation to have U-17, U-20, and Women’s World Cup teams that have all advanced past group stages in international tournament play. Montopoli added that four years ago, Canada’s Women’s National Team was ranked 16th in the world and today, they are 6th out of 209 FIFA eligible teams, which is a great step forward.

FIFA Women's World Cup in Vancouver

Now we move on to the legacy of the Women’s World Cup in Canada, encouraging and engaging youth, especially young women, to get involved in soccer across Canada as well as in the countries that had their World Cup debuts at this tournament. Côte d’Ivoire, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, Thailand, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Cameroon all made their first appearances with Netherlands, Switzerland, and Cameroon all making it to the Round of 16.

“This World Cup should serve as inspiration to all the member associations,” commented Lydia Nsekera, Chairwoman of the Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup, at the tournament’s closing press conference. Nsekera also urged the champions not to rest on their laurels – while the seventh women’s world finals are now over, the eighth are already coming into view. Women’s national teams will now compete in the PanAm Games, regional tournaments like the East Asia Cup, the Rio 2016 Olympics, and the next FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, 2019.

Vancouver Photos of the Week

July 7th, 2015 @ 10:08am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

Two days ago smoke from BC wildfires then blanketed the region, blocking out the sun and even dusting some areas with ash. However, local photographers had already began documenting the month, capturing World Cup fans, bright sunsets, and Canada Day fireworks. Thanks to everyone who shared their photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool, here’s this week’s selection:

Vancouver Photos of the Week

After the haze rolled in:

Air Pollution
Photo credit: james c. (vancouver bc) on Flickr

Before the smoke:

Leave Town.
Photo credit: Nattawot Juttiwattananon on Flickr

Blackie Spit Park at sunset
Photo credit: james c. (vancouver bc) on Flickr

FIFA Women's World Cup Final, Vancouver, BC
Photo credit: globetrekimages on Flickr

FIFA Women's World Cup
Photo credit: Gord Gallagher on Flickr

Bloody Canadian.
Photo credit: Nattawot Juttiwattananon on Flickr

Flea Market
Photo credit: Ken G. Stewart on Flickr

#FvDedinthepark #FvDed #Festival #Surrey
Photo credit: David Rose on Flickr

Bikes on the Seawall
Photo credit: Jaden Nyberg on Flickr

Vancouver West End pastel
Photo credit: globetrekimages on Flickr

2015-07-01 West Vancouver Whytecliff Park Whytecliff Island-2
Photo credit: Michael Schmidt on Flickr

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Photo credit: Ken Campbell on Flickr

Vancouver In It's Summer Colors
Photo credit: Clayton Perry on Flickr

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Photo credit: One Carbon on Flickr

Canada Day 2015!
Photo credit: Alexis Birkill on Flickr

As always, please click through on these images to view more work from the photographers and feel free to share your own photos with the Miss604 Flickr Pool or with the tag #Photos604 on Instagram. View all photo collections here and follow Miss604 on Instagram.

Conconi Challenge Donation Matching for Canuck Place

July 6th, 2015 @ 6:29pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

This summer you can support children with life-threatening illness in Vancouver by donating to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Throughout the month of July, your donation will go even further as the Robert L. Conconi Foundation has pledged $200,000 for a match campaign.

Conconi Challenge

All donations made through the Conconi Challenge link online or by calling 1-800-882-2288 will be matched throughout July, up to $200,000. You can donate $10 and you will have a $20 impact. Challenge friends to do the same and you’ve made an impact of $60 just like that!

Over 600 newborns, children and teens with life-threatening illnesses and their families receive care from Canuck Place through outreach programs and two provincial hospice locations; Vancouver and Abbotsford. Services include clinical respite and family support, pain and symptom management, 24-hour phone consultation support and in-house clinical care, art and education, recreation therapy, grief and loss counselling and end-of-life care.

ConconiDonationMatching

Established in 2003, the Robert L. Conconi Foundation is a private family foundation started by Robert and Diane Conconi. Their mission is to inspire and empower individuals throughout British Columbia by supporting organizations in the areas of health, poverty, education and the arts.

Make your donation before July 31, 2015 and watch it have double the impact for a child, and their family, in BC. Follow Canuck Place on Facebook and Twitter for more information about ways to give.

Carnaval del Sol in Vancouver

July 6th, 2015 @ 11:44am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The largest Latin American festival in the Pacific Northwest takes place this weekend as Carnaval del Sol welcomes all ages to its new festival location on the north side of False Creek. Carnaval del Sol is the signature cultural celebration of Latin American Week and over the last few years, over 100,000 attendees have enjoyed the festivities on Granville Street downtown. This year, Carnaval del Sol moves to Concord Pacific Place.

Carnaval del Sol

When Saturday, July 11th and Sunday, July 12th
Where Concord Pacific Place (88 Pacific Ave)

Attractions this year, in the new and expanded space, include:
Over 20 artists on the Main Stage such as Latin Grammy winner Alex Cuba, and the popular Cuban band Gerardo Cantino y ​Los Habaneros who are both flying in from New York. Bloco Energía with Brazilian ​Samba Fusion, Mariachi del Sol & Viva Mexico, and more entertainment from all over Latin America.

The Sol Y Playa Lounge is a 400 seat beer garden with 100 tons of sand for playing beach badminton. Relax and enjoy the main stage performances from their urban beach. The Kids Plaza will have a wide array of activities with a dance stage, sand art, bouncy castle, magician, workshops, and piñatas!

Enjoy the Travel and Education Plaza, the Arts and Cultural Plaza, the soccer tournament at the Sports Plaza, health and wellness at the Family Plaza, and of course spend some quality time at the Food Plaza with vendors dishing up vibrant flavours and dishes from every corner of Latin America.

CarnavaldelSolFor all of this information and more, follow Latincouver on Facebook and Twitter and learn more about Latin American Week in Vancouver online.

Miss604 is a proud media partner of Carnaval del Sol

Metro Vancouver Air Quality Advisory Due to Wildfire Smoke

July 6th, 2015 @ 8:32am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The last time I wrote about wildfire haze over Downtown Vancouver was back in 2010, but I’ve never seen anything like what we’re experiencing right now. It’s not just a haze or smog-like plume of smoke drifting out of Burrard Inlet and hanging over the city, this is a fully enveloping cloud, from sidewalks up to tower cranes, that has engulfed the region and made everything, inside and outside of houses, smell like campfire.

Yesterday, NASA released a satellite image of the smoke hanging around Southwestern BC due to several wildfires on the island, around Sechelt, and Pemberton:

NASAWildFireSmoke

Two resources to rely on at this time are the BC Air Quality and BC Wildfire websites.

Air Quality

July 6, 2015 Sunshine Coast The Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority is continuing the Wildfire Smoke Advisory for the Sunshine Coast and surrounding areas because of forest fire smoke that is affecting areas from Powell River to Gibsons/Langdale and surrounding areas. Smoke concentrations will vary widely as winds, fire behaviour and temperatures change. This situation is expected to persist until meteorological conditions change. Avoid strenuous outdoor activities. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider: difficulty in breathing, chest pain or discomfort, and sudden onset of cough or irritation of airways. Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, and lung or heart disease.

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Wildfire Info

All open fires are currently banned in BC, this even extends to charcoal barbecues on beaches. Follow BCForestFireInfo on Facebook for the latest news. If you see a wildfire — not just smoke clouds in the city — call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your mobile. For Wildfire information, call 1-888-3FOREST.

Thoughts are with those in the affected communities and also with those battling massive the blazes across our province.