WINNIPEG – The FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy is making its way across Canada and took a timeout in Winnipeg – one of six host cities for the event.
Players and coaches kicked off the weekend festivities Friday at Polo Park with a FIFA representative, government ministers and local girls soccer teams.
“You can see that it’s the original because actually the winners are engraved in the bottom so… after the final in Vancouver they’re going to engrave the next winner,” said FIFA representative Jan Schetters about the trophy.
The unveiling was part of the national trophy tour stopping in 12 different Canadian cities to celebrate soccer and women in sport.
With just 31 days left until the first game at Investors Group Field, the final touches are being made to all sites before thousands of tourists start crowding in to watch four of the top five female teams in the world.
“Getting our clean stadium all ready to go, the training grounds are undergoing their final preparations and making sure the turf meets the certifications,” said venue general manager Chad Falk.
And it’s not just the tournament venues that will leave a lasting legacy.
“I really want to play for Team Canada so I can be like Desiree Scott, I can be that Canadian,” said Sydnee Korchak, one of many young soccer players who will be inspired by Canadian talent throughout the tournament.
FIFA officials will be arriving in Winnipeg at the end of the month to set up their offices for the event.
Team Canada plays its first game against China on June 6 in Edmonton. Sweden and Nigeria play the first game in Winnipeg followed by U.S.A. taking on Australia June 8.
Those wishing to see the trophy this weekend at Polo Park Mall must get a free ticket. Tickets are available via the trophy tour website.