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World Cup - The Draw

The draw for the 4 Groups will be made July 17. Here's the procedure:

1. USA (as host) is in Group A, position 1 (let's call it A1).

2. A draw will be made among China, Norway and Germany. One will be B1, the next will be C1, and the other will be D1.

3. A draw will be made among Ghana, Nigeria, Argentina and Brazil. The first drawn will go into Group A, the second into Group B, and so on. Each team's position in the Group will be determined by a secondary random draw. (For example, if Ghana is drawn into Group A, a secondary draw will be made to determine whether it will be A2, A3, or A4.)

4. A draw will be made among France, Russia and Sweden (all UEFA teams). The first drawn will go into Group A, with a secondary draw to determine its position in the Group. The second drawn will go into China's group. If China is in Group B, the remaining team in this draw will go into Group C. If China is in Group C or D, the third team in this draw will go into Group B. The result will be that each group will have one UEFA team, except for one group that will have two UEFA teams. The latter group will be headed by either Norway or Germany.

5. A draw will be made among the remaining 5 teams: Canada, Japan, North Korea, South Korea and Australia. The first drawn will go into the group that only has two teams (either Norway's or Germany's). The remaining four will be drawn into Groups A, B, C, and D in order, except that Canada cannot go into Group A, and no two Asian teams can go into the same group.

The draw will be carried live on an American cable station, ESPNews, at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

It will also be tracked at ussoccer.com's website (click the box at the right of the screen).
 

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The draw is complete. The groups are:

A - USA, SWEDEN, NIGERIA, NORTH KOREA
B - NORWAY, FRANCE, BRAZIL, SOUTH KOREA
C - GERMANY, CANADA, JAPAN, ARGENTINA
D - CHINA, GHANA, AUSTRALIA, RUSSIA

Here is the schedule of matches in Group Stage play:

Venues:
Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass.
Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif.
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Penn.
PGE Park, Portland, Ore.
RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.

The Schedule for Group Play, arranged by Date:

Sat. Sept. 20
NORWAY v FRANCE @ Lincoln Financial Field
NIGERIA v NORTH KOREA @ Lincoln Financial Field
GERMANY v CANADA @ Columbus Crew Stadium
JAPAN v ARGENTINA @ Columbus Crew Stadium

Sun. Sept. 21
USA v SWEDEN @ RFK Memorial Stadium
BRAZIL v SOUTH KOREA @ RFK Memorial Stadium
AUSTRALIA v RUSSIA @ Home Depot Center
CHINA v GHANA @ Home Depot Center

Wed. Sept. 24
NORWAY v BRAZIL @ RFK Memorial Stadium
GERMANY v JAPAN @ Columbus Crew Stadium
FRANCE v SOUTH KOREA @ RFK Memorial Stadium
CANADA v ARGENTINA @ Columbus Crew Stadium

Thu. Sept. 25
GHANA v RUSSIA @ Home Depot Center
SWEDEN v NORTH KOREA @ Lincoln Financial Field
CHINA v AUSTRALIA @ Home Depot Center
USA v NIGERIA @ Lincoln Financial Field

Sat. Sept. 27
SOUTH KOREA v NORWAY @ Gillette Stadium
FRANCE v BRAZIL @ RFK Memorial Stadium
ARGENTINA v GERMANY @ RFK Memorial Stadium
CANADA v JAPAN @ Gillette Stadium

Sun. Sept. 28
SWEDEN v NIGERIA @ Columbus Crew Stadium
NORTH KOREA v USA @ Columbus Crew Stadium
GHANA v AUSTRALIA @ PGE Park
CHINA v RUSSIA @ PGE Park

The Schedule for Group Play, arranged by Group:

Group A
Sept. 21 RFK Memorial Stadium USA v SWEDEN
Sept. 20 Lincoln Financial Field NIGERIA v NORTH KOREA
Sept. 25 Lincoln Financial Field USA v NIGERIA
Sept. 25 Lincoln Financial Field SWEDEN v NORTH KOREA
Sept. 28 Columbus Crew Stadium NORTH KOREA v USA
Sept. 28 Columbus Crew Stadium SWEDEN v NIGERIA

Group B
Sept. 20 Lincoln Financial Field NORWAY v FRANCE
Sept. 21 RFK Memorial Stadium BRAZIL v SOUTH KOREA
Sept. 24 RFK Memorial Stadium NORWAY v BRAZIL
Sept. 24 RFK Memorial Stadium FRANCE v SOUTH KOREA
Sept. 27 Gillette Stadium SOUTH KOREA v NORWAY
Sept. 27 RFK Memorial Stadium FRANCE v BRAZIL

Group C
Sept. 20 Columbus Crew Stadium GERMANY v CANADA
Sept. 20 Columbus Crew Stadium JAPAN v ARGENTINA
Sept. 24 Columbus Crew Stadium GERMANY v JAPAN
Sept. 24 Columbus Crew Stadium CANADA v ARGENTINA
Sept. 27 RFK Memorial Stadium ARGENTINA v GERMANY
Sept. 27 Gillette Stadium CANADA v JAPAN

Group D
Sept. 21 Home Depot Center CHINA v GHANA
Sept. 21 Home Depot Center AUSTRALIA v RUSSIA
Sept. 25 Home Depot Center CHINA v AUSTRALIA
Sept. 25 Home Depot Center GHANA v RUSSIA
Sept. 28 PGE Park CHINA v RUSSIA
Sept. 28 PGE Park GHANA v AUSTRALIA
 

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My assessment of the draw:

Group A:

Strongest of all the groups, based solely on FIFA ranking (3 teams in the top 7). USA is favoured to advance, but second place is up for grabs. Nigeria could be the surprise team of this tournament.

Group B:

Another tough group, with 3 teams in the top 9 of the rankings. Don't expect Norway to lose or draw any of its three games. Again the second place is up for grabs, but I give the edge to France as the team who will advance to meet USA (gulp!) in the QF's.

Group C:

Not a bad draw for Canada (could have been a lot worse), who should advance as second-place team, to play China in the QF's. Germany will humiliate all the rest.

Group D:

The weakest group of the bunch, and another lucky break for China (first they get automatic qualification, and now this), who I think is over-rated. They should win this group handily, with Australia a close second. Don't expect much from the over-rated Russia.
 

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Here's how the teams will match up in the playoff rounds:

Code:
Group A Winner )
               )---------)
Group B Second )         )
                         )------)
Group C Winner )         )      )
               )---------)      )
Group D Second )                )
                                )-----
                                )
Group B Winner )                )
               )---------)      )
Group A Second )         )      )
                         )------)
Group D Winner )         )
               )---------)
Group C Second )
 
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Orange said:
Not if you both win your groups, or if you both finish second in your groups Lili.
well, as i don't think USA will take the second place. we have to work for finishing first, sorry for your team orange, but we have to do it;)
 

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My not-so-fearless predictions for the playoff rounds:

Code:
USA         )
            )USA    )
FRANCE      )       )
                    )USA   )
GERMANY     )       )      )
            )GERMANY)      )
AUSTRALIA   )              )
                           )USA
                           )
NORWAY      )              )
            )NORWAY )      )
NORTH KOREA )       )      )
                    )NORWAY)
CHINA       )       )
            )CHINA  )
CANADA      )
 

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FIFA has just released their Women's World Rankings yesterday and here is the Top 10:

World Rank/Points

1 USA 2169
2 Norway 2159
3 Germany 2152
4 China PR 2110
5 Sweden 2073
6 Brazil 2036
7 Korea DPR 2004
8 Denmark 1967
9 France 1963
10 Italy 1943
 
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so, our chance to go through is to beat brazil.
eh, orange, your squad is more athletic than mine. have you seen the french gabaries?!
 

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Brazil will be playing without Sissi and without Pretinha, who tore her ACL last weekend. This makes them considerably less formidable on offence. I think France has the edge over Brazil in Group B.

Brazil is playing two games in Canada this week - tonight and Sunday. The results will be interesting in terms of assessing both teams.

Stay tuned.
 

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Brazil lost 2-1 to Canada on Thursday.

Second time in less than a week that Brazil has given up a game-winning goal in the final minutes.
 

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What happened in the last World Cup (1999)?

Final Group standings:

Group A
USA
NIGERIA
North Korea
Denmark

Group B
BRAZIL
GERMANY
Italy
Mexico

Group C
NORWAY
RUSSIA
Canada
Japan

Group D
CHINA
SWEDEN
Australia
Ghana

Playoff results:

Code:
  QF        SF       Final

China   )
        ) -China  )
Russia  )         )
                  ) -China )
Norway  )         )        )
        ) -Norway )        )
Sweden  )                  )
                           )
                           )- USA
                           )
USA     )                  )
        )- USA    )        )
Germany )         )        )
                  ) -USA   )
Brazil  )         )
        )- Brazil )
Nigeria )
 

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Discuss the WC Draw Today On "Inside Soccer"

Today during the first segment of the "Inside Soccer" internet radio show Thursday's World Cup draw will be discussed. The show comes on at 3 PM (PT) right after the conclusion of the nationally televised game of the week between the two top clubs in the WUSA, the Boston Breakers and the Atlanta Beat.

If you want to call in and talk to the host Brian Halliday who attended the World Cup draw at the Home Depot Center, the toll free number in the U. S. & Canada is: 888-514-2100. Listeners outside of the U. S. & Canada can also call in on the international hotline: 001-858-268-3068

Direct Link for the "Inside Soccer" Show
 
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