By Brian Schultz
The official emblem for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 was unveiled at City Hall on Friday.
Winnipeg will host the soccer tournament, along with five other cities, when 24 international teams compete in 52 matches over a 23-day period in June 2015. Each selected city will host four teams, with the future Investors Group Field at the University of Manitoba hosting the games locally.
“We are thrilled to host this high caliber event that is expected to draw thousands of people to Winnipeg who will take part in all of the activities surrounding this competition, as well as expose our numerous young players to this incredible sport,” said Councillor Grant Nordman, on behalf of Mayor Sam Katz. “The performance by our National Women’s Team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London has fueled an even greater love for soccer and the excitement will grow as we move closer to this event.”
The maple leaf-shaped emblem is inspired from Canada’s national motto “A Mari Usque Ad Mare,” meaning from coast to coast.
Three sections contain elements that are open to interpretation but present Canada as a multicultural nation, showcasing both national and urban environments — the ocean, mountains, cityscapes and flora and fauna.