PARIS — It doesn’t matter what transpired on the draw for the 2019 Girls’s World Cup on Saturday evening, one factor was by no means going to alter: the US girls’s nationwide group could be broadly considered the favourite to win, with all of the hopes and expectation and strain that comes with that.
However now, a minimum of, the Individuals, the world’s top-ranked group, know the opponents standing of their means within the first spherical when the match kicks off subsequent June in France: Sweden, Thailand and Chile.
The USA will enter the match because the defending champion, after beating Japan to win the earlier version of the match in Canada. The USA additionally gained in 1991, the primary version of the quadrennial competitors, and in 1999, when the occasion was performed on residence soil.
On Saturday evening at La Seine Musicale, a performing arts venue within the western suburbs of Paris, the match’s 24 groups have been positioned into 4 pots primarily based on their world rankings after which drawn into considered one of six teams. Except for Europe, which has essentially the most groups within the discipline (9), nations from the identical confederation couldn’t be drawn into the identical group.
France, the host and one other one of many favorites to win the match, will play South Korea on June 7 in Paris to open the World Cup. Norway and Nigeria have been the opposite two groups positioned into Group A.
Germany, one other favourite alongside the US and France to win the World Cup, will meet China, Spain and South Africa in Group B. England drew its neighbor, Scotland, in addition to Argentina and the 2011 champion, Japan. Australia and Brazil function in Group C, and Canada drew the European champion, the Netherlands, in Group E.
The Individuals will get their hardest check, Sweden, the world’s ninth-ranked group based on FIFA, of their last group recreation, however could possibly be by way of to the knockouts by then. They are going to open in opposition to Thailand in Reims on June 11 after which face the World Cup newcomers Chile on June 16 in Paris. Their recreation in opposition to Sweden on June 20 in Le Havre can be a rematch of the groups’ assembly within the 2016 Olympic quarterfinals.
The Swedes, then led by the previous United States coach Pia Sundhage, gained that day, a humbling defeat for the Individuals and the primary time that they had didn’t medal within the World Cup or the Olympics.
The semifinals and last, which can happen on July 7, can be performed in Lyon. Seven different cities — Grenoble, Le Havre, Montpellier, Good, Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes — will assist host the match’s 52 whole video games.
The 2019 champion will win $four million in prize cash, double the share from 2015. The prize cash for the 2018 males’s World Cup champion, France, was $38 million.