The defending Women's World Cup of the United States brought Sweden, Chile and Thailand in Group F for the World Cup next summer in France at the draw on Saturday in Paris. It is an interesting group in which Jill Ellis's team will have a chance of salvation against a well-known rival.
The defending women's World Cup in the United States drew Sweden, Chile and Thailand in Group F for the next summer's World Cup in France at the draw on Saturday in Paris. It is an interesting group in which Jill Ellis's team will have a chance of salvation against a well-known rival.
Here are three thoughts on the draw:
US. For a simple ascent in line, but an old enemy awaits
Chile and Thailand should not be a big challenge for the US, but it's hard not to see Sweden once again as an opponent of the group stage. It is the fifth consecutive World Cup that the USA and Sweden have met in the group stage, and it will also be a rematch of the 201
"I just knew they would be in our group." Carli Lloyd, the hero of the Women's World Cup 2015, said after the draw. "I think when we look back on the last big tournament, we have had that bad taste since the last time we played it, it's even more motivating for us, people say 'oh, they're world champions' But people forget that the Olympics were the most recent tournament It was a difficult game and we did not want to get out when we did that I think Sweden in our group adds the challenge. "
The USA They are also playing their full group games in northern France, starting with two relatively simple games, namely Thailand on June 11 in Reims, Chile on 16 June in Paris and then Sweden on 20 June in Le Havre.
For the US, second place would probably be an easier route.
If the USA win Group F, they could meet in the knockout stages of a knockout round tie against Spain or Germany, where France is in the host country quarter-finals and England or Japan in the semifinals. If the US finish second in Group F, it might be a bit easier: Canada or the Netherlands in the round of 16, Germany or Spain in the quarter-finals, and Australia or Brazil in the semi-finals.
You Never Know How The group results will break out naturally, and the US will definitely not try to win the group, but the hiccup penalty against Sweden may not be so great.
"I think you see the group and the frame as what is most beneficial to you," said Tobin Heath. "I think second place is never the mentality of the USA, we always want to reach first place first, you have to face the best teams in a World Cup, whether you want to face these difficult teams or more towards the end of the tournament we hopefully be there. "
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The draw was not host to France.
The French are likely to face the toughest group With South Korea, Norway and Nigeria, and possibly face the US in the quarter-finals is not a present for them. The simplest group overall may be just the one in which the US is located, although Thailand has seemed to have improved in the past four years since its 2015 World Cup debut.
England and Scotland, who draw the same group, are fascinating and balanced group could be the group with Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand and the Netherlands. On the whole, however, FIFA has vastly improved its women's and men's draw process by eliminating all draw potts (not just those with the top seed's) on the basis of FIFA's rankings, and not just by geography Criteria were created. That creates more balance and that's a good thing.