FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 Official Draw comes to Toronto

    TORONTO, March 2 /CNW/ - 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 will organize all 24 teams who have earned a berth at this
summer's tournament into six groups and determine 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 16.30 (EST).
    "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 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 3 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 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 Canada 2007 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.

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