CBC/Radio-Canada Scores New Era for Soccer Broadcasting in Canada
Posted on 15 September 2006 in Sponsors & PartnershipsCBC/Radio-Canada reaches historic agreement with FIFA to broadcast the U-20 FIFA World Cup Canada 2007
Ottawa, Ontario The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) is pleased to announce that CBC/Radio-Canada and the Fédération International de Football Association (FIFA), soccer's global governing body, have joined forces to take the broadcasting of soccer in Canada to a new level.
This milestone agreement to begin on January 1, 2007 will give CBC/Radio-Canada the rights to broadcast in Canada the 2010 FIFA World Cup South AfricaTM, the 2014 FIFA World CupTM and the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007. The partnership will continue for eight years, ending on December 31st, 2014.
The accord will also allow the national public network to broadcast all other FIFA Championships such as the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 and the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011.
Canadian Soccer enters a new broadcasting era
The CSA is pleased with today's developments between FIFA and the CBC/Radio-Canada and now looks forward to working with the broadcaster beginning January 1st 2007, allowing Canadian soccer fans across this great country to benefit from increased domestic coverage of international soccer play in both official languages. Further scheduling details will be available at a later date.
This is truly a momentous day, an historic day for all of Soccer in Canada, said Kevan Pipe, Chief Operating Officer for the CSA. Offering complete bilingual services to all residents of Canada will give us an opportunity we have never before experienced. We salute FIFA for their decision and CBC/Radio Canada for their submission and we look forward to a most exciting future beginning with the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 next summer. Truly, an historic day!
Canada breaks FIFA top ten
Canada's Women's National team was elevated one spot in the FIFA Women's rankings to tie Italy for 10th place. This marks the first time in the 14 year history of FIFA Rankings that a Canadian National team (men or women) has made the top ten.
FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 It's gonna be huge.
In 2007, the world's biggest game is coming to Canada. Canada will host the World's finest under-20 players in six cities across the country Victoria, Burnaby, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal June 30 - July 22, 2007.
The biennial event is second only to the FIFA World Cup in size and scope and will showcase the most talented under-20 soccer players in the world. The tournament has been the coming-out party for some of the game's top players - Maradona, Saviola, Raúl, Marco Van Basten, Luis Figo, Ruiz Costa, Thierry Henry, Adriano, Roberto Carlos, Bebeto and Dunga as well as Canada's Craig Forrest and many members of the current Men's World Cup Team.
Last held in CONCACAF in 1983 in Mexico, Canada's most recent participation in this event occurred last June in the Netherlands from June 10 - July 2, 2005.
Canada enjoyed its best ever finish in a World Championship in December 2003, losing to eventual silver medalist Spain on a golden goal in the quarter finals in the United Arab Emirates.
For more information regarding the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007, please visit www.FIFA.com.