Expanded championship faces challenges

[2015 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP] FIFA announced the schedule for the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada, where the 24-team tournament will be held June 6-July 5 in six cities. B.C. The final will be held in Vancouver's B.C. Place Stadium, the site of the first-ever FIFA final on artificial turf.

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Montreal and Edmonton will host semifinal games, while other games will be played in Moncton, Ottawa and Winnipeg.

The tournament will mark an expansion of teams from 16 to 24 and will be the most spread-out tournament FIFA has ever held.

The six venues are spread over five times zones.

"It’s never been done before,” Peter Montopoli, the general secretary of the Canadian Soccer Association and the local organizing committee chairman, told the Canadian Press. "FIFA have never had a challenge like this in terms of a competition that involved five time zone changes. … It took us 33 versions to get to the final version, which we feel was amenable to all — including FIFA.”

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