- The draw for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is done and dusted
- African champions South Africa have been drawn into what is the Group of Death
- Banyana Banyana will have to be in top form trying to get past Sweden, Argentina and Italy
South Africa has been drawn into a group of death at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
African champions Banyana Banyana will be in Group F alongside Sweden, Italy and Argentina. The latest FIFA rankings show that Sweden is second in the world, while Italy and Argentina are 14th and 29th respectively. Banyana is down in 54th as they prepare for a second consecutive world cup appearance.
The tournament will start on 20 July, before it concludes on the 20th of August. The United States of America will be defending the crown they won in 2019, seeking a record-extending fifth world title.
2023 FIFA Women's World Cup Draw:
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Group A: New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Switzerland
Group B: Australia, Ireland, Nigeria, Canada
Group C: Spain, Costa Rica, Zambia, Japan
Group D: England, Group B playoff winner (Senegal, Haiti or Chile), Denmark, China
Group E: United States, Vietnam, Netherlands, Group A playoff winner (Portugal, Cameroon or Thailand)
Group F: France, Jamaica, Brazil, Group C playoff winner (Taiwan, Paraguay, Papua New Guinea, Panama)
Group G: Sweden, South Africa, Italy, Argentina
Group H: Germany, Morocco, Colombia, South Korea
US face Netherlands at FIFA Women's World Cup in repeat of final
Holders and four-time champions the United States will face the Netherlands in the group phase of next year's FIFA Women's World Cup, a repeat of the 2019 final.
As reported by Sports Brief, Megan Rapinoe's United States will also meet debutants Vietnam and a play-off winner at the finals in Australia and New Zealand, following the draw in Auckland on Saturday.
European champions England, the pre-tournament favourites together with the Americans, will play China, Denmark and another play-off winner. Led by veteran forward Rapinoe, the US are top of the FIFA rankings and going for a third crown in a row -- having beaten the Dutch 2-0 in the 2019 final.
Source: Sports Brief News