Second on the Global Sports Index
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ has been recognised once again for its magnitude on the world stage. A recent Global Sports Events Index has ranked the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 second overall from a list of 83 world championships and multi-sport games from the 2015 calendar year.
Just last year, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ drew a record-setting crowd, generated nearly half a billion dollars in economic impact, and attracted a worldwide television audience of more than 750 million viewers.
The Rugby World Cup 2015 in England and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ – hosted coast to coast across Canada – held down the top two spots in the index which ranked overall economic, sporting, media, and social impact. Also in the top five were events were the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, the Pan American Games in Canada, and the FINA World Championships in Russia.
By drawing 1,353,506 cumulative spectators over 52 matches, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ set both a record for the competition as well as a record for any FIFA competition other than the men’s FIFA World Cup. The tournament averaged 26,539 spectators per match, with seven matches recorded over 50,000 spectators.
The event supported an economic impact of $493.6 million industry output, $241.1 million in gross domestic product, and $97 million in taxes. The event also supported 3,154 full-year jobs and engaged 60% of Canadians aged 9-17 years old. As part of the competition’s legacy, there were 24 FIFA Quality Pro football surfaces featured, with notably the 18 training fields now available for use by the six Canadian communities.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ was a landmark event for Canada, for the sport of football, and for women around the world. True to the competition’s slogan “To a greater goal,” the competition put the spotlight on women’s sport. “To a greater goal” captured a dual message that embodied the essence of the world-class competition: one directly connected to the field of play and another for humanity.
Recognition for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015
2015 PRESTIGE Award for CSTA International Event of the Year
2015-16 Le Maurice Sport Québec award for international event of the year
2015 Manitoba Soccer President’s Award (awarded to the Winnipeg venue team and volunteers)
2015 Sports Travel Awards for best professional series or circuit
2016 Canadian Screen Awards for Best Live Sports Event (awarded to Bell Media / TSN)
2016 Canadian Screen Awards for Best Sports Play by Play Announcer (awarded to Bell Media / TSN Luke Wileman)
2016 Canadian Screen Awards for Best Sports Opening Tease (awarded to Bell Media / TSN Matt Dunn, Michael Farber, Devon Burns, Darren Oliver, and Steve Denheyer)
2016 Sports Emmys for Outstanding Production Design / Art Direction – USA 360 shoot (awarded to Fox/FS1/FoxSports.com)
2016 Sports Emmys for Outstanding Technical Team Studio (awarded to Fox/FS1/FoxSports.com)
2016 NAB Show Gord World Medal for the FIFA Women’s World Cup coverage (awarded to FOXSports)
2016 runner up on Global Sports Index list of 83 world championships and multi-sport games in 2015
2016 finalist for Canadian Tourism Awards Event of the Year (winner to be announced in November 2016)
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