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Canadian Soccer Association Sees Big Crowds, Profits From Women's World Cup

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 01 / 15

The Canadian Soccer Association, which had a C$90M budget for the '15 FIFA Women's World Cup and "not long ago had to come to the Alberta Soccer Association twice a year to borrow money to make payroll, is going to make a significant profit" from the event, according to Terry Jones of the ...

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