The US women’s national team was drawn against old rivals Sweden, Australia and New Zealand in Group G for the Olympic football tournament in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Great Britain meets Canada, Chile and Japan in Group E, while the Netherlands’ European champions were drawn in Group F against Brazil, China and Zambia.
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The USWNT aims to be the first women’s team to win a world championship and an Olympic gold medal in a row.
“After waiting another year for these Olympics, the draw marks a real milestone on our way and helps us to focus even more on our preparation and what we need to do to achieve our goals”, said USWNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski.
“We have a lot of respect for all three of our group opponents and we know that this tournament will push us to our limits, both mentally and physically, and will challenge us technically and tactically every game so that we will do everything we can in the next three games . ” Months to prepare for success. “
There will be a new winner in the women’s tournament, in which the German champion 2016 cannot qualify.
Great Britain is led at the tournament by former Olympic gold medalist Hege Riise.
“There is no doubt that we were drawn into a very exciting group. The host nation Japan are an extremely talented team and have been a strong force in women’s football for many years,” she said in a statement.
“Canada are another very good physical team, as we saw earlier this month when England and Wales faced each other at home on the FIFA window in April. Chile are not a team I know that well, but they have a very impressive one Achievement shown. ” Cameroon is securing its place in this summer’s games for the first time in its history. “
Riise will name her 18-player roster at the end of May, which will include players from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In the men’s draw, the Olympic champion from Rio 2016, Brazil, was drawn in Group D against Germany, the Ivory Coast and Saudi Arabia.
Host Japan face Mexico, South Africa and France in Group A, while two-time Olympic gold medalists Argentina take on Spain, Egypt and Australia in Group C.
Group B consists of New Zealand, South Korea, Honduras and Romania.
The Tokyo soccer tournament will be held in six cities across Japan from July 21 to August 6.
Olympic draw for men
Japan, South Africa, Mexico, France
New Zealand, South Korea, Honduras, Romania
Egypt, Spain, Argentina, Australia
Brazil, Germany, Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia
Olympic draw for women
Japan, Canada, Great Britain, Chile
China, Brazil, Zambia, Netherlands
Sweden, USA, Australia, New Zealand