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Birmingham City Councilors Continue to Raise Bar on Drawing National Events to the South with FIFA Women’s Cup Championship Event

PRESS RELEASE                                                                       Sunday, September 20, 2015

Contact: Chiara Perry

Phone: 205-908-7392

chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL- It’s finally here! Fans and soccer mania enthusiasts from all over the world are in Birmingham to witness the 2015 FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) Women’s Cup Championship. The number one ranked United States National Soccer Team will take on the Haiti Women’s Soccer Team TODAY at 1:30 p.m. at Legion Field. Birmingham City Councilor William Parker, Chair of the Park and Recreation board said among the many trends to bring nationally acclaimed events to the Magic City, the FIFA Championship is proof that the work of the Birmingham City Councilors is paying off all while making a mark to show the rest of the world just what Birmingham is made of.

“About a year ago we took initiative to being competitive about bringing events to Legion Field and soccer was one of them,” Councilor Parker said. “We are looking to bring additional concerts and activities to Legion Field, but we are excited about today’s event and the impact that it will have on the events to come.”

Surprisingly this isn’t the U.S. Women’s team first time to play in Birmingham. They previously played at Legion Field in 2003 against England, in 2004 against Brazil and in 2008 against Australia. This will be there second matchup against Haiti this week. They defeated Haiti 5-0 during a stop in Detroit on Thursday. The two teams also met for a match last December during a World Cup qualifier. The U.S. Women walked away victorious in that match claiming a 6-0 victory.

ABOUT FIFA

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 1904 and based in Zurich. It has 209 member associations and its goal, enshrined in its Statutes, is the constant improvement of football.

For media inquiries please contact Birmingham City Council Public Information, Chiara Perry at 205.908.7392 or chiara.perry@birminghamal.gov.