Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 02, 2009 10:00 ET

Canadian Forces Women's Soccer Team to Compete Against the World's Best

BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - The Canadian Forces' best female soccer players will be hitting the pitch against some global competition in The Beautiful Game. At the Fifth Military Women's World Football Championships, hosted by Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi from June 4 to 14, players from seven nations will battle for bragging rights.

A team of seventeen CF players and their support staff will be lining up against some soccer legends: Brazil, Germany, France and the Netherlands are all expected to attend, along with up-and-coming soccer powerhouses the United States and the Republic of South Korea.

"It is a real privilege to be able to play against this calibre of teams," says Lara Rooke, who is both Team Manager and Family Programs Manager at Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services (CFPFSS) in Ottawa. "We have a young, hungry, incredibly talented team this year, and I think we have a chance of impressing some of the best with our fortitude."

The CF participates in international sports as a member of the Conseil international du sport militaire (CISM), an international military sports organization founded in 1948 that is open to all nations. CISM now comprises 131 member countries and hosts more than 20 competitions annually. The fundamental aim of CISM is to promote sport activity and physical education among armed forces as a means of fostering world peace. These ideas are encapsulated in the CISM motto, "Friendship through Sport." Canada currently participates in CISM basketball, fencing, golf, running, sailing, shooting, soccer, swimming, taekwondo, triathlon, volleyball and wrestling.

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