Ecuador, last of the 24 teams to qualify for next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup finals on their 1-nil victory over Trinidad and Tobago last Tuesday, December 2 in Port of Spain, have been drawn in Group C with Japan, Switzerland and Cameroon for the tournament to take place from June 6th to July 5th in Canada.
A Trinidad and Tobago win would have made the CONCACAF region five strong in the finals with hosts Canada, Concacaf champion the United States, Costa Rica and Mexico in.
Ecuador made the CONMEBOL or South America region three deep with Brazil and Colombia earlier finalists.
The draw for Group placements – six groups – took place on Saturday at the Canadian Museum of History under the direction of FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, and Tatjana Haenni, FIFA Deputy Director of the Competitions Division and Head of Women’s Football.
Six cities across Canada: Ottawa, Moncton, Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver will play host to the 24-team finals.
The Group placements are Canada, China, New Zealand, Netherlands – Group A; Germany, Ivory Coast, Norway, Thailand – Group B; Japan, Switzerland, Cameroon, Ecuador – Group C; United States, Australia, Sweden, Nigeria – Group D; Brazil, South Korea, Spain, Costa Rica – Group E and France, England, Colombia, Mexico – Group F.
Canada face China PR June 6 in Edmonton to kick off the finals.