November 5, 2015 3:48 pm
Updated: November 5, 2015 5:12 pm

FIFA Women’s World Cup scores big bucks for Canada

WATCH: Canadian Soccer Association President Victor Montagliani shares the success of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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EDMONTON — The FIFA Women’s World Cup provided a boost to the local economy. Across Canada, the Women’s World Cup and 2014 U20 Women’s World Cup had an economic impact of $493.6 million, the Canadian Soccer Association said.

This year’s women’s World Cup was held between June 6 and July 5. The 24-team tournament played games in venues at Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton, N.B.

Overall the tournament’s 52 games attracted 1,353,506 fans for an average attendance of 26,029.

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In Edmonton, over 300,000 fans took in games at Commonwealth Stadium throughout the tournament, including 53,058 for the Opening Game.

Thursday morning, the Canadian Soccer Association released figures from an economic study conducted using the Sport Tourism Economic Assessment Model.

Over the 11 games in Edmonton, the tournament had an economic impact of $56.4 million for the city and $78.3 million for the province of Alberta.

READ MORE: Attendance record set in Edmonton for FIFA Women’s World Cup opening match 

Victor Montagliani, the president of the CSA, was pleased with how well received the tournament was in Canada.

“We would like to thank our funding partners for their support to successfully stage the largest single sporting event ever hosted in Canada.”

The United States won a record third World Cup after beating Japan 5-2 at B.C. Place in Vancouver. Canada lost to England in the Quarter Finals.

The cost for the two tournaments was $216 million.

With files from The Canadian Press

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