From June 6 to July 5 Vancouver hosts the 2015 FIFA World Cup Women’s Soccer along with five other Canadian cities. Vancouver games are at BC Place Stadium.
Tickets start at less than $30 for a live game, and viewing on the big screen downtown in the Fan Zone is free. If you like soccer, this is a phenomenal time to be in Vancouver.
Vancouver FIFA Women’s World Cup
FIFA Vancouver Match Schedule
The following 9 matches will be played in Vancouver:
- Cameroon vs Equador (June 8th at 4 pm).
- Japan vs Switzerland (June 8th at 7 pm).
- Switzerland vs Equador (June 12th at 4 pm).
- Japan vs Cameroon ( June 12th at 7 pm).
- Nigeria vs USA (June 16th at 5 pm).
- Canada vs Switzerland (June 21st at 4:30 pm).
- Japan vs Netherlands (June 23rd at 7 pm).
- Canada vs England (Quarter Finals, June 27th at 4:30 pm).
- Japan vs United States (Finals, July 5 at 4 pm).
Vancouver FIFA Fan Zone – Free Big Screen Viewing
To help soccer and European football fans enjoy the Women’s World Cup to the fullest, the City of Vancouver has set up the Fan Zone – an outdoor party area with a couple of big screens for live broadcasts of the games, plus multinational music and food. The Fan Zone is located in the block at the corner of Georgia and Cambie Street downtown, admission is FREE, and it’s open on the following days:
- June 11 from 12 to 9 pm.
- Germany vs. Norway match showing at 1 pm.
- China vs. Netherlands showing at 3 pm.
- Canada vs. New Zealand match showing at 6 pm.
- June 12 from 12 to 9 pm.
- USA vs. Sweden match showing at 5 pm.
- Japan vs. Cameroon match showing at 7 pm.
- June 15 from 12 to 8 pm
- Thailand vs. Germany match showing at 1 pm.
- Canada vs. Netherlands at 4:30 pm.
- June 16 from 12 to 8 pm.
- Nigeria vs. USA match showing at 5 pm.
- June 21 from 12 to 8 pm (which is also Father’s Day and National Aboriginal Day)
- First Nations Eagle Song Dancers at 12:30 pm.
- Match showing at 1 pm. (Teams to be determined).
- Match with Canada playing at 4:30. (Teams to be determined).
- June 23 from 3 to 10 pm.
- Taiko Drumming performance at 4 pm.
- Match showing at 7 pm. (Teams to be determined).
- June 27 from 12 to 8 pm.
- Quarter Finals showing at 1 pm.
- Dr. Strangelove concert at 3:30 pm.
- Quarter Finals showing at 4:30 pm.
- July 1 from 12 to 8 pm (which is also Canada Day).
- Semi Finals showing at 4 pm.
- July 4 from 12 to 8 pm (which is also US Independence Day).
- Third Place Match showing at 1 pm.
- July 5 from 12 to 8 pm
- World Cup Finals showing at 4 pm.
- Closing Ceremony at 6 pm.
With the Fan Zone, expect it to be pretty quiet during the day when people are at work, and whenever there aren’t any games showing. It can get busy after about 5:30 pm though, and during games involving Canada. As the games progress and get closer to the finals, expect the Fan Zone to get increasingly popular.
Beer is available for purchase in the Fan Zone, and they might still be giving away free souvenir bottles of Coke. Food Trucks are also parked around the place, selling various tasty things to eat.
TIP: The best places to sit are near the back of the viewing tent as the TV screens are very low definition and pixelated given their size, so from the front half of the place it can be hard on the eyes to see. That being said, just before games start they sometimes give out prizes. If you’re sitting at the front you’ll have the best chance of winning something, especially if they announce that “the first person to the stage gets the prize”, or the first person to show their “bike valet” ticket.
TIP #2: Another good place to sit is in the VIP section, which costs $10, with all proceeds going to charity. You’ll have to watch the TV screens from a bit of an angle from here and you won’t be able to run up fast to collect a prize, but the seats are much more comfortable than the picnic table ones in the regular section.
For more information on the World Cup Soccer or to buy tickets, check out the FIFA website.
For more information on the free activities and big screen showings in downtown Vancouver, check out the city’s Fan Zone website.
For information on other things to do in June, including during the FIFA World Cup, check out the Top 10 Things to do in June.