Women’s World Cup draw to set the stage for 32-team soccer tournament next year


Canada will be taught its path at next year’s Women’s World Cup early Saturday with coach Bev Priestman and Canada Soccer basic secretary Earl Cochrane in the viewers for the draw in Auckland, New Zealand.

Former gamers Carli Lloyd, Alexi Lalas, Gilberto Silva and Ian Wright are amongst these participating in the ceremony, which decides the eight teams for the expanded 32-team discipline for the soccer showcase slated to run July 20 to Aug. 20 in Australia and New Zealand.

The prime two in every pool will advance to the spherical of 16.

Sitting seventh in the newest FIFA world rankings, the Canadian might be drawn out of Pot 2, which additionally consists of the eighth-ranked Netherlands, No. 9 Brazil, No. 11 Japan, No. 12 Norway, No. 14 Italy, No. 15 China and No. 17 South Korea.

Pot 1 options co-hosts No. 13 Australia and No. 22 New Zealand in addition to the top-ranked U.S., No. 2 Sweden, No. 3 Germany, No. 4 England, No. 5 France and No. 6 Spain.

Pot 3 is No. 18 Denmark, No. 21 Switzerland, No. 24 Ireland, No. 27 Colombia, No. 29 Argentina, No. 34 Vietnam, No. 37 Costa Rica and No. 43 Jamaica.

Pot 4 is made up of No. 45 Nigeria, the 53rd-ranked Philippines, No. 54 South Africa, No. 76 Morocco, No. 81 Zambia and three yet-to-be-decided groups from the Inter-Confederation Playoff Tournament.

The 10-team playoff tournament Feb. 18-23 in Auckland options two groups from Asia (Chinese Taipei and Thailand), two from Africa (Cameroon and Senegal), two from CONCACAF (Haiti and Panama), two from South America (Chile and Paraguay), one from Oceania (Papua New Guinea) and one from Europe (Portugal).

Ireland, the Philippines, Morocco, Vietnam and Zambia might be making their Women’s World Cup debut.

FIFA’s “basic principle” is to guarantee, the place doable, that no group has multiple staff from the similar confederation, which means Canada will not face the Americans in its opening pool.

But that doesn’t apply to Europe, due to the variety of doable entrants — 11 or probably 12 relying in the playoff tournament. So every group may have at the very least one however not more than two European groups drawn into it.

It does imply Canada will keep away from fellow CONCACAF groups Costa Rica and Jamaica, the two lowest-ranked groups in Pot 3, in addition to the U.S.

But ought to No. 56 Haiti or No. 57 Panama qualify out of the playoff tournament, they may find yourself in the similar group as Canada since the remaining qualifying competitors takes place after the draw.

At the 2019 World Cup in France, Canada was drawn in a pool with the Netherlands, Cameroon and New Zealand. The Canadians completed second to the Dutch in the group and misplaced 1-0 to Sweden in the spherical of 16.

Canada was ranked fifth going into the tournament, so was in Pot 1 with host France and different heavyweights at the draw.

This time round, the Olympic champion Canadians will possible hope to be drawn with certainly one of the host nations when it comes to Pot 1.

Canada defeated Australia twice in September, 1-0 and 2-1 in Brisbane and Sydney respectively, and is 6-2-2 in opposition to the Matildas this century.

The Canadians are 10-1-4 all-time in opposition to New Zealand, with the lone loss coming of their first assembly in December 1987. Canada gained 2-0 once they met at the 2019 World Cup in Grenoble.

FIFA says some 800 visitors might be in attendance at Aotea Centre, together with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The draw may also mark the dwell debut of mascot Tazuni, billed as a “enjoyable, football-loving penguin.”

The Women’s World Cup may have two host nations for the first time. The 64 video games might be performed throughout 10 totally different venues in 9 totally different cities — 5 cities in Australia and 4 in New Zealand.

Groups A, C, E and G will play their group-stage matches in New Zealand whereas Groups B, D, F and H will play group video games in Australia.

Knockout-round matches might be cut up between the two nations by way of the semifinal, with the third-place sport (Aug. 19 in Brisbane) and remaining (Aug. 20 in Sydney) each in Australia.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Oct. 22, 2022


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