The top women’s sports tournament is here! The 2015 FIFA Women’s Soccer World Cup began in Canada this past weekend and it started off with a bang! (Goals a PLENTY and tens of thousands of excited fans in the stands.)
With over 29 million girls and women who play soccer worldwide and 1.5 million spectators expected at the tournament, all eyes are on the success of this year’s World Cup as a gauge for the health and growth potential of women’s sports.
If you’re a supporter of women’s sports this is the time to step up and follow along! In the US, each and every one of the 52 matches of the tournament will be televised for the first time ever by FOX Sports allowing for plenty of opportunity to catch the excitement. Full Television schedule can be found here.
(At the very least be sure to tune into the US Women’s National Team group stage games on June 8, June 12 and June 16! They are also expected to go through to the Final.)
Along with watching a showcase of the strongest female athletic talent from around the world on TV why not add in some fun activities to turn the tournament into a month-long event that the entire family can enjoy. (Whether they are soccer fans or not!)
Here are five activities to get the entire gang excited for World Cup Soccer:
Themed Food Nights
How about sushi for dinner when Japan is playing, Enchiladas for Mexico and of course Burgers and Fries for the USA! (Because you deserve it: Chocolate for mom when any team from Europe is playing.)
Felt Flag Craft
Making national flags out of felt for each team playing in the tournament is a fun way to make the World Cup educational and enjoyable while keeping a little one engaged. Here’s how: Kicking It With Mommy: Half-time Craft Time
For older kids and adults how about a contest to see who can match the most countries to their flags?
Pool Noodle Soccer
A great half-time or post-game activity (and very easy to set up outside!) Using barbeque skewers in the ground and pool noodles, set up a backyard obstacle course, “croquet” course or race! A fun way to play as a family and work on gross motor skills for little ones and foot skills for older ones (or you… since mom’s still have game)!
A fun way to track the tournament, learn about the teams and for little ones to work on their numbers is with the Panini FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Sticker Album. Kids of all ages love to collect stickers and with 56 pages to fill it’s also a great way for little ones to practice matching up flags and numbers!
Available on the FIFA Souvenir Webpage.
Attend in Person
If you’re able, there is NOTHING that beats attending the tournament in person. Attending a soccer World Cup is a once in a lifetime experience you do not want to miss. Along with the excitement of the matches, FIFA brings an amazing show to the host cities with fan zones and pregame entertainment. Cities and stadiums are filled with passionate fans from around the world and the electrifying atmosphere is absolutely unbelievable! Kids will certainly be inspired by the players and remember this most memorable experience.
This year’s tournament is being held across 6 cities in Canada and tickets are still available via the FIFA Ticketing Website.
More About the Tournament:
Dates: June 6 – July 5, 2015
Venue: 6 stadiums across Canada- Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver & Winnipeg
1.5 million spectators expected
How to follow the action: