The Women’s World Cup draw for 2015 was held in Canada’s capital city on Saturday afternoon, and set up a rematch between the United States and its former head coach Pia Sundhage.
The draw very kind to Germany, placing them in an extremely cruise-worthy Group B.
The fortune for the US was another story, with the Yanks being placed in a tough group with Australia, Nigeria and a strong Sweden (led by Sundhage). The United States will open the World Cup with a match against Australia on June 8.
If Canada and the US win their groups, they cannot meet until the World Cup final.
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But Groups E and F are the toughest of the bunch.
Colombia was briefly and wrongly drawn with Brazil before it was corrected.
Complete 2015 World Cup draw
Group A: Canada, China, New Zealand, Netherlands
Group B: Germany, Ivory Coast, Norway, Thailand
Group C: Japan, Switzerland, Cameroon, Ecuador
Group D: United States, Australia, Sweden, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Spain, South Korea, Costa Rica
Group F: France, England, Colombia, Mexico