game writing – The United States and the Netherlands, the current world champions and runners-up, were in Group E of the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand respectively in a draw held at the Aotia Center in Auckland this Saturday.
The two teams, hero of the 2019 French Championship final and decided in favor of the Americans with goals from Rose Lavalle and Megan Rapinoe, will face each other again in the opening phase of the competition from 20 July to 20 August next year.
The United States continues to be a leader in women’s football and is at the top of the FIFA rankings, with the Netherlands ranked eighth, which forced the team out of seeded promotion, where the Americans were alongside Sweden, England, Germany, France and Spain. . ,
The Americans and Dutch will share a group with Vietnam, one of the World Cup debutants, as well as Morocco, the Philippines, the Republic of Ireland and Zambia, and are one of the teams from the last three qualifying tournaments to be played. will be out. in February. Specifically Portugal, Cameroon or Thailand which will be measured in Tournament A.
They will also share a group, in their case F, France and Brazil, two powerful teams placed fifth and ninth in the FIFA table. Their other rivals will be Jamaica and the winners of qualifying tournament C, the only one with four teams that will face Panama, Paraguay, Taiwan and Papua New Guinea.
The French and Brazilians met in the 16th round of the 2019 Championship and won Gala (2-1) to advance to the quarter-finals, where they later lost against the United States (1-2).
Sweden, quarter-finalists at the last World Cup and second in the FIFA rankings, will face South Africa, Italy and Argentina, the last South American team to qualify directly after beating Paraguay in Group G, to play in the playoffs.
England, who lost in the 2019 semi-final against the United States of America and the current European champions and comes fourth in the world table, will have tough rivals such as Denmark and China, with the winner of the qualifying tournament (B) in Group D. waiting to complete. They will face Chile, Senegal and Haiti.
Germany, as the third team in the world, will play Group H in the Round of 16 against Morocco, Colombia, finalists in the Copa América which Brazil won last July, and South Korea, and Spain, ranked sixth in the world. . Will do so with Costa Rica, Zambia and Japan in C.
Hosts New Zealand will be placed in Group A along with Norway, Philippines and Switzerland and Australia will be placed in Group B along with Ireland, Nigeria and Canada.
The draw was attended by Cameroon’s Geremi and American Alexei Lalas and former players such as two-time world champion Carli Lloyd and FIFA President Gianni Infantino, Secretary General, Fatma Samoura, Prime Minister of New Zealand. Jacinda Ardern, Australian Sports Minister, Anika Wells and United States world champion coach Jill Ellis.
The World Cup will be played at nine venues: the Australian cities of Sydney, Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne, and New Zealand’s Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Dunedin.