Canada to open 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Edmonton

The Canadians will play their first two group stage games in northern Alberta before heading to Montreal to close out the round robin portion of the tournament.
Canada has learned its route to the knockout stages of the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.

As the host country, Canada will head up Group A of the quadrennial event. The Canadians will play in the tournament's opener in Edmonton on June 6, 2015. They will play their second group match in the same city five days later before closing out the round robin in Montreal on June 15.

The 2015 edition will be the biggest FIFA Women's World Cup to date, with 24 nations participating in the tournament. In all, 52 matches will be played over 30 days in six cities, including Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Moncton.

The Canadians do not have to qualify for the tournament, and they will be joined by five teams from Asia, three from Africa, three or four more CONCACAF sides, two or three nations from South America, eight European teams, and one representative from Oceania.

The full 24-team field will be set when qualification ends in Nov. 2014.

Should Canada make the tournament's final, it would play at Vancouver's B.C. Place on July 5.