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Ray O'Hearn selling programs before the TFC home opening game against the Philadelphia Union at BMO Field in Toronto on Thursday April, 15, 2010. Toronto has not been included in the Canadian Soccer Association's bid to host the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Photos by Peter Power / The Globe and MailPeter Power/The Globe and Mail

Canadian soccer officials are holding their cheers until Thursday morning, waiting for the country's official coronation as host of the 2015 Women's World Cup of soccer.

Toronto soccer fans, meanwhile, are holding their heads in frustration at the news Canada's largest city is not one of the candidates to stage some of the 52 World Cup matches. The opportunity will go to at least six other Canadian cities, while Toronto prepares BMO Field for the 2015 Pan American Games.

"Yes, there were discussions [with the Canadian Soccer Association]" Pan Am Games chief executive officer Ian Troop said, en route to meetings in Veracruz, Mexico.

"It comes down to logistics. The issue is practicality; we have to take into consideration the need to prepare the site for the Pan Am sports program as well as accommodating the professional [soccer]team's schedules.

"This is a great opportunity for six other markets in Canada to take advantage of a FIFA tournament. Plus those markets will have the opportunity to enhance their own infrastructure because of it.," he said.

The International Association Football Federation, known by its French acronym, FIFA, is the powerful governing body of soccer. The country that gets the 2015 World Cup also wins the 2014 World Cup for under-20 women as well.

Although the bestowing of the tournament on Canada is a formality, "We're not announcing anything before FIFA [soccer's governing body]awards the tournament," said Richard Scott, the CSA director of communication.

The selection of Canada as host country became obvious Tuesday when the only other bidder, Zimbabwe, withdrew. The cities put forward in the bid as candidates to be stage games are reportedly Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa, and either Moncton or Halifax.

"Six would be the minimum number of cities involved," Scott said. "The host cities aren't actually being announced when the 2015 World Cup site is made official. There are still visits by FIFA to inspect the potential host cities."

The dates for the Pan American Games are July 10 through 26. The women's World Cup schedule has not been determined yet. This year's edition in Germany starts June 26.

"The only thing Peter Montopoli [general secretary of the CSA]has said is that we do wish it could be a coast-to-coast event, from Atlantic to Pacific," Scott said.

CSA president Dominique Maestracci of Montreal attended Canada's presentation along with Minister of State (Sport) Gary Lunn, CSA vice-president Victor Montagliani, Montopoli and bid consultant Walter Sieber.

For this tournament, the number of teams will be expanded to 24 from 16, with the number of matches increasing to 52 from 32.

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