Stage set for Women's World Cup draw


The US and Canadian women's national teams learned their group-stage assignments for the 2019 Women's World Cup on Saturday as Federation Internationale de Football Association held their draw for next summer's tournament in France.

Old rivals England and Scotland will meet in Nice in their opening game in Group D on June 9.

And England has been drawn into a competitively and geographically interesting group: The bronze medalists from four years ago are with 2015 runners-up Japan as well as neighbors and World Cup debutants Scotland.

The draw for the competition's eighth edition took place Saturday evening at La Seine Musicale arts center in Paris.

Having topped a group that featured Wales in qualifying, Phil Neville's Lionesses will face another home nation in the finals in Scotland, who England beat 6-0 in their opening game of Euro 2017, while 2011 Women's World Cup champions Japan are also in their pool.

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"If I told my players that we're only going to France to win the bronze medal they would say I'm the wrong manager because my players are ambitious and they want to be challenged".

Germany, semi-finalists in 2015, have been handed a group that includes China, Spain and South Africa, with hosts France drawn alongside South Korea, Norway and Nigeria.

Australia were among the top seeds but Alen Stajcic's side must face Brazil and Italy as well as Jamaica in Group C.

The top two finishers in each group will advance to the knockout phase, as will the four top third-place finishers, with the next WWC champion to be crowned at the cup final on July 7 in Lyon.

World soccer's ruling body is aiming to have a record one billion viewers for next year's tournament.