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March 2, 2007
FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 Official Draw comes to Toronto
Mayor David Miller is pleased to welcome FIFA representatives to Toronto for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 Official Draw to be held Saturday, March 3 at the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex at Exhibition Place.

“The FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 is one of the most anticipated events in Toronto this year and we are pleased to host all the FIFA team representatives, coaches and officials arriving for the Official Draw,” said Mayor Miller. “This pre-competition event gives Toronto an opportunity to showcase our progress in the planning for this historic event and sets the stage for what will be the best soccer event ever witnessed in Toronto and indeed all of Canada.”

The Draw organizes all 24 teams who have earned a berth at this summer’s tournament into six groups and determines which teams will play in each of the six Canadian host cities, including Toronto’s new 20,000-seat National Soccer Stadium. The Draw will be broadcast live by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), the official host broadcaster for the competition, on CBC Sports Weekend at 4:30 p.m.

“Increasingly the city is attracting major national and international sporting events that drive tourism business to the Greater Toronto Area,” said Bill Allen, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto. “FIFA U-20 World Cup secures Toronto as a competitive global sports destination.”

The City is busy preparing for an event that will put Toronto on the global sports map and boost the local tourism industry. Officials expect an estimated worldwide television viewing audience of 750 million over the three-week tournament, in addition to millions of dollars in tourism revenue from the thousands of spectators that will come from around the world to attend the matches. The City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, along with the city’s many Business Improvement Associations and representatives of the city’s ethnic communities have been working together to ensure that the event will be a tremendous success.

On track to become the largest single-sport, sporting event in Canada, the FIFA U-20 World Cup will leave a lasting legacy for soccer in the Greater Toronto Area and throughout all of Ontario. Revenue generated from the event will contribute to the future development of the sport, while the purpose-built National Soccer Stadium will live on as a community-based facility suitable for year-round use.

“FIFA U-20 also presents a unique opportunity to engage our youth and celebrate our diversity,” said Mayor Miller. “We know there is tremendous enthusiasm associated with soccer in Toronto and the impact it has made on those young people who play soccer. The FIFA U-20 World Cup will propel the sport of soccer to even higher levels.”

The FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 is a three-week long, 52-match tournament, featuring the best U-20 players in the world, from 24 nations. It is the second largest event staged by FIFA next to the FIFA World Cup. The event will take place in six major stadiums across Canada from June 30 - July 22 in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton, Burnaby, and Victoria.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Stuart Green, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7119



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