The US women's national football team will start defending its world title next summer with group matches against Sweden, Thailand and Chile – a favorable draw for the best Americans.
In the draw for the FIFA Women's World Cup held on Saturday by FIFA near Paris, the Americans were classified in group F. They will face Thailand, number 29, June 11 in Reims, Chile, 38, June 16 in Paris and Sweden, June 9, 9. June 20 in Le Havre.
"It's a good group because we have three different teams: a European team, Asia and South America," said US coach Jill Ellis. "I'm excited to start this thing."
This is the fifth time in a row that the United States and Sweden are competing in the World Cup. They also clashed at the 2016 Olympics.
"I'm pumped, so excited," said American defender Kelley O'Hara. "It's good to finally know who will be the competition in these first three games. We can begin to prepare and imagine who will be on the other side of the field. "
If, as expected, the United States won the group, they would play the second group E – probably Canada or the Netherlands – on June 24 in Paris. Another victory would probably be a clash with Germany, second in the standings, in the quarterfinals in Rennes.
The other top seeds are Germany, No. 3 France, No. 4 England, No. 5 Canada and No. 6 Australia.
Ellis' team is undefeated in 28 consecutive games (25-0-3) since August 2017 and will be looking to win the trophy for the fourth time since the tournament's launch in 1991.
When asked if Americans should be considered favorites, O'Hara said, "I would never put" favorites "on us, but we stand at a very high level and high expectations. we want to win Who does not want to win the World Cup? As champions in title, I absolutely want to go back. "
The opening of the tournament will take place on June 7 in Paris between France and South Korea.
Breakdown of the group, with classification:
group A: France (3), South Korea (14), Norway (13), Nigeria (39). Overall ranking: 69.
Group B: Germany (2), China (15), Spain (12), South Africa (48). Total ranking: 77.
Group C: Australia (6), Italy (16), Brazil (10), Jamaica (53). Overall ranking: 85.
Group D: England (4), Scotland (20), Argentina (36), Japan (8). Total ranking: 68.
Group E: Canada (5), Cameroon (46), New Zealand (19), Netherlands (7). Total ranking: 77.
Group F: United States (1), Thailand (29), Chile (38), Sweden (9). Total ranking: 77.
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