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2015 FIFA World Cup Soccer

FIFA in Vancouver in 2015

From June 6 to July 5 Vancouver hosted the 2015 FIFA World Cup Women’s Soccer along with five other Canadian cities. Vancouver games were at BC Place Stadium.

Tickets started at less than $30 for a live game, and viewings on the big screen in downtown’s Fan Zone were free. If you like soccer, this was a phenomenal time to be in Vancouver.

Note: In 2026 Vancouver hosts the FIFA World Cup for men.


Vancouver FIFA Women’s World Cup

FIFA Vancouver Match Schedule

The following 9 matches were played in Vancouver:

  • Cameroon vs Ecuador (June 8th at 4 pm).
  • Japan vs Switzerland (June 8th at 7 pm).
  • Switzerland vs Ecuador (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).


Ecuador vs Cameroon Soccer Field


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 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 was located in the block at the corner of Georgia and Cambie Street downtown. Admission was FREE, and it was open on the following days:

  • June 11 from 12 to 9 pm.
    • Germany vs. Norway at 1 pm.
    • China vs. Netherlands at 3 pm.
    • Canada vs. New Zealand at 6 pm.
  • June 12 from 12 to 9 pm.
      • USA vs. Sweden match at 5 pm.
      • Japan vs. Cameroon match at 7 pm.
  • June 15 from 12 to 8 pm
    • Thailand vs. Germany match at 1 pm.
    • Canada vs. Netherlands at 4:30 pm.
  • June 16 from 12 to 8 pm.
    • Nigeria vs. USA match at 5 pm.
  • June 21 from 12 to 8 pm (which was also Father’s Day and National Aboriginal Day)
    • First Nations Eagle Song Dancers at 12:30 pm.
    • Match at 1 pm.
    • Match with Canada playing at 4:30.
  • June 23 from 3 to 10 pm.
    • Taiko Drumming performance at 4 pm.
    • Match at 7 pm.
  • June 27 from 12 to 8 pm.
    • Quarter Finals at 1 pm.
    • Dr. Strangelove concert at 3:30 pm.
    • Quarter Finals at 4:30 pm.
  • July 1 from 12 to 8 pm (which was also Canada Day).
    • Semi Finals at 4 pm.
  • July 4 from 12 to 8 pm (which was also US Independence Day).
    • Third Place Match at 1 pm.
  • July 5 from 12 to 8 pm
    • World Cup Finals at 4 pm.
    • Closing Ceremony at 6 pm.


Fan Zone Game Shelter
Fans in the Fan Zone during one of Canada’s early games


The Fan Zone was pretty quiet during the day when people were at work, or whenever there weren’t any games showing. It was busier after about 5:30 pm though, and during games involving Canada. As the games progressed and got closer to the finals, the Fan Zone likely became increasingly popular.

Beer was available for purchase in the Fan Zone, and they were sometimes giving away free souvenir bottles of Coke. Food Trucks were also parked around the place, selling various tasty things to eat.


Tips and Advice

TIP #1: The best places to sit were near the back of the viewing tent. The TV screens were very low definition and pixelated given their size, so from the front half of the place it was sometimes harder on the eyes to see. That being said, just before games started they sometimes gave out prizes. If you sat at the front you likely had the best chance of winning something.

TIP #2: Another good place to sit was in the VIP section, which cost $10. All proceeds went to charity. You had to watch the TV screens from a bit of an angle and you weren’t able to run up fast to collect a prize, but the seats were much more comfortable than the picnic table ones in the regular section.


Other information

For more information about the World Cup Soccer, check out the FIFA website.

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