Accolades continue for FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007

The legacy continues to grow. Nine months after the close of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007, another award has been bestowed upon the largest single-sport event ever held in Canada. Today, it was the Canadian Sports Tourism Alliance and its second-annual CSTA PRESTIGE Awards. The FIFA U-20 World Cup was selected as the CSTA Sport Event of the Year (budget over $250,000).



“The FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 has provided a terrific springboard from which our sport can grow by leaps and bounds in the coming years,” says Peter Montopoli, Canadian Soccer Association General Secretary and former National Event Director for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007.

The legacy continues to grow. Nine months after the close of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007, another award has been bestowed upon the largest single-sport event ever held in Canada. Today, it was the Canadian Sports Tourism Alliance and its second-annual CSTA PRESTIGE Awards. The FIFA U-20 World Cup was selected as the CSTA Sport Event of the Year (budget over $250,000).



“The FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 has provided a terrific springboard from which our sport can grow by leaps and bounds in the coming years,” says Peter Montopoli, Canadian Soccer Association General Secretary and former National Event Director for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007.



The FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 ran from 30 June to 22 July last year in six cities: Victoria, Burnaby, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal. The event drew a tournament-record 1.2-million fans, was viewed by 469.5-million global television viewers, and generated $259-million in economic impact.



The PRESTIGE Awards were presented on 28 April at the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau, QC in conjunction with the Sports Events Congress 2008. PRESTIGE stands for “Program Recognising Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events”. The awards are judged by a panel of sports industry and sport tourism professionals from across the country. The awards recognise the efforts and achievements of individuals, organizations and events in sport tourism in Canada.



There is already a long list of prizes collected by FIFA U-20 World Cup. In recent weeks, the FIFA U-20 World Cup won Best Media Event at the Canadian Event Industry Awards and the Tourism Event of the Year at the Ottawa Tourism Awards. The complete list of awards is included below.



FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007

2008 Sport Event of the Year Award (Budget over $250,000) – Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance, PRESTIGE Awards



Event of the Year – Ottawa Tourism



Best Media Event – Canadian Event Industry AwardsFIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 & BC Events Management



International Competition 2007 – Commission Sportive Montréal, Mérite Sportif Montréalais Awards



International Event of the Year – Sports-Québec Gala



Dollard Morin National Volunteer Award – Sports-Québec Gala – Francis Millen for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007



Personality of the Week (First week of July 2007) – La Presse / Société Radio-Canada – Francis Millen for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007



Event of the Year 2007 – Journal de Montréal and the TVA Network Annual Awards



Special Recognition Award – Alberta Soccer Association Annual Awards



Special Prize/Event of the Year – ARS Concordia Awards Ceremony – Francis Millien and the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007



J.-Y. Phaneuf Special Mention – ARS Richelieu-Yamaska Annual Gala – Francis Millien and the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007



Special Mention – Fédération de Soccer du Québec Awards Gala – Francis Millien and the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007

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