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Bison’s Women’s Soccer to host 2017 CIS Women’s Soccer Championship

July 25, 2016 — 

For the first time in the Bison women’s soccer program history, the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Women’s Soccer Championship will be held in Manitoba.

“The University of Manitoba is both excited and honoured to host the 2017 CIS Women’s Soccer Championship,” said Bisons athletic director, Coleen Dufresne.

“The City of Winnipeg has demonstrated outstanding support for women’s soccer through the recent Women’s FIFA World Cup events and I am confident that this will be no different. With the support of our local and provincial partners we will do our very best to elevate the championship making it the best ever experience for our CIS student-athletes and fans alike. We are grateful to the CIS for the confidence they’ve shown in us and we look forward to bringing the best teams in CIS women’s soccer here to Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba.”

The 2017 CIS Women’s Soccer Championship – the 31st edition, hosted by the University of Manitoba, will take place from November 9-12, 2017. This will be the first CIS national championship to be hosted by the Bisons since track and field in 2012 and women’s volleyball in 2001.

“We are very excited and honored for the opportunity to host the 2017 CIS Women’s Soccer Championship. This would be the first CIS team sport championship to be hosted by the Bisons in the last 15 years and the first ever for women’s soccer,” enthused Bison women’s soccer head coach, Vanessa Martinez Lagunas.

“We will work extremely hard together with the CIS to organize a national championship of the highest quality that is able to attract large crowds and increase broadcaster and corporate interest. We want to play a pivotal role in raising the profile of university sport, and in particularly university women’s soccer in Canada. We will enhance the student-athlete, coach and fan experience by offering both an outdoor (main venue) and indoor (backup venue) top-quality facility to host the event regardless of the weather conditions. Additionally, the medal matches will potentially take place at a world-class-facility (the Investors Group Field, host venue of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches in Winnipeg). All in all, this tournament will provide a lasting memorable experience for all parties involved and will help to set new hosting quality standards for future CIS championships. ”

More details on venues and ticket prices for this national event will be announced in the future.

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