FIFA Women's World Cup group stage daw


Christine Sinclair

"There is no easy group here. It is probably as good a draw as we could have expected". "It is a World Cup and when you are in the third pot you are going to get some tough opposition", said Sermanni, who was named as the Football Ferns Coach in October.

"We have a great rivalry, I would say, with Sweden, and they're always a really hard opponent". At the end of the day, it would come down to preparations.

But drawing the Netherlands, the top-ranked team in pot two, gives the Ferns, ranked fourth in pot three, a slightly more hard task than they would have hoped for.

Thailand have drawn defending champion United States of America for their first match of the 2019 Women's World Cup in Paris in June and July.

"I am looking ahead to an interesting tournament in France in the summer of next year", Dennerby added.

"The first immediate instinct is: It wouldn't be a major football tournament for the Matildas unless we had to play Brazil - 2007, 2011, 2015 and now 2019, and the Olympics we've crossed with Brazil", coach Allen Stajcic said.

"Presently, we have lined up two tournaments in China and Cyprus for the team, and we are talking with a few countries and organisers for matches and tournaments".

The Local Organising Committee for the FIFA Women's World Cup is responsible for all ticketing and has established the regulations for selling tickets to supporters of participating nations. "That is attributed to federations investing more time and money into their female program which, I think, needs to continue".

The draw took place at the La Seine Musicale on Boulogne-Billancourt in Paris, where the opening game will take place.

The first match for the Chaba Kaew will be against the Americans, on June 11 - 3am on June 12, Thailand time.

The 8th FIFA Women's World Cup finals will hold in nine cities in France: Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Reims, Rennes, and Valenciennes.

Newsmen report that the draw was conducted by FIFA Legends Alex Scott and Louis Saha.

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