Who is who? One of the great board games. But now…
It’s time to see who could be facing England in the next Women’s World Cup in France next year, with just a few hours to find out… Who is who? Who will play against who?
To start, The Three Lionesses finished third at the last World Cup in 2015, so they’re clear favourites this next year to win the competition. Also, England is on Pot 1, where the best resides, for the 2019 Women’s World Cup draw this Saturday.
But that’s not all. An interesting encounter could happen.
Scotland! Scotland is on Pot 3, so they could be easily face England on the group stages of the tournament.
The 24 teams were split into four pots on Friday, and today, Saturday 8th December, we’ll find out in Paris who will play against who. The pots have been selected in this way due to the FIFA rankings of each team (Higher Rank-Pot 1 and Lower Rank-Pot 4).
Phil Neville’s Lionesses will join World Cup holders and three-time winners the United States, hosts France plus Germany, Canada and Australia in Pot 1.
Holland, the biggest climbers inside the top 20 in jumping three spots to seven, are in the second pot alongside 2015 runners-up Japan, plus Brazil, Norway, Spain and Sweden.
Scotland, who’s ranked 20th in the FIFA ranking, have qualified for their first World Cup and are in Pot 3 with China, Italy, New Zealand, South Korea and Thailand.
Apart from UEFA, the six groups of four will contain no more than one team from each confederation.
Europe has nine representatives, and all groups will have a minimum of one and maximum of two European teams. The tournament will kick off in Paris on June 7 and the city of Lyon will host the acclaimed final on July 7.
Who will be the winner? We’ll just need to wait until next year to find out.