Canada’s top soccer organizing body, preparing to host the Women’s World Cup, said it welcomes the announcement that Sepp Blatter will step down as head of FIFA.
Earlier today, Blatter unexpectedly announced he would hold a special congress between December and March to elect his successor amid a growing corruption probe into the organization he’s led since 1998.
“Canada Soccer welcomes the news today regarding FIFA President Blatter’s decision and the opportunity that is now in front of the football world for fundamental change to its structure and governance,” Canada Soccer said in a statement on its website.
Canada Soccer voted against Blatter’s re-election in a vote that he won last week, just days after U.S. officials indicted several top FIFA officials on corruption charges. The Women’s World Cup kicks off on Saturday in Edmonton, Alberta with Canada facing China.