FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off on the 20th of July and will go on until August 20, 2023. The 9th edition, which will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand, will be seeing 32 teams battle for the coveted trophy instead of the conventional 24-team system.
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The final draw took place at the Aotea Centre in Auckland, New Zealand today on the 22nd of October, 2022 with the three winners of the inter-confederation not being known at the time of the draw. The defending champions and four-time winner USA have been drawn with Vietnam and Netherlands while European champions England will be facing Denmark and China PR. Two-time winner Germany will be battling with Morocco, Colombia and the Korean Republic.
New Zealand will go head to head against Norway in the inaugural game of the tournament with co-hosts Australia playing against Republic Ireland later that day. The Matildas have been drawn into Group B alongside Ireland, Canada and Nigeria, close to the worst-possible result from the draw and described by Heather Garriock as the “Group of Death”. USWNT Lindsey Horan said that the draws were “exciting” and that it was a “good day” in an interview with Fox Soccer.