FIFA Women's World Cup draw

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 9, 2018

Jill Ellis' U.S. side, who beat Japan 5-2 in the final to win the World Cup in Canada three years ago, were drawn with Thailand, debutants Chile and 2016 Olympic silver medallists Sweden in Group F.

The old global rivals will play each other in Nice on June 9, 2019, with the sides having previously met at Euro 2017, where the Lionesses were 6-0 winners.

England and Scotland then swap opponents five days later, with Phil Neville's side back in Nice to take on Japan, while Scotland go up against Argentina in Paris.

Twenty-four teams were drawn into six groups for the tournament, which will be in France from June 7 to July 7.

Scotland, who have made impressive progress under head coach Shirley Kerr, will be competing in their first World Cup, having finished two points ahead of Switzerland to win their qualifying group.

Upshot: three groups will feature two European teams, and the other three will have one each.

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The draw will be live on the RTÉ Player and RTÉ Sport will be covering the FIFA Women's World Cup from France in 2019.

United States of America legend Carli Lloyd and Didier Deschamps, who led France to men's World Cup glory in the summer, were also in attendance.

Federation Internationale de Football Association said nearly 200,000 tickets have been sold for the event.

England defeated Germany in the play-off game to secure third place at the last Women's World Cup in Canada in 2015 and will be looking to improve on that best-ever finish at next year's tournament in France.

The FA, working with the Local Organising Committee, will have an allocation of tickets for every England match during the tournament to sell to members of the Lionesses Supporters Club.

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