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FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup: USA meets Netherlands in FIFA Women’s World Cup replay of final

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FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup: USA vs Netherlands – Holders and four-time champions, the USA will face the Netherlands in the group stage…

FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup: USA vs Netherlands Holders and four-time champions, the United States will face the Netherlands in the group stage of next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in a repeat of the 2019 final. Follow FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup updates with InsideSport.IN

Megan Rapinoe’s USA will also face debutants Vietnam and a play-off winner at the final in Australia and New Zealand after the draw in Auckland on Saturday.

FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup: USA meets Netherlands in FIFA Women’s World Cup replay of final

European champions England, pre-tournament favorites along with the Americans, will play China, Denmark and one of Senegal, Haiti or Chile.

Led by veteran Rapinoe, the United States sit atop the FIFA rankings and are chasing a third straight crown after beating the Dutch 2-0 in the 2019 final.

Germany, Sweden, France and Spain will also be sides to watch when the World Cup takes place in 10 stadiums in New Zealand and Australia from July 20 to August 20, 2023. The opening match will be co-hosts New Zealand vs. champions Norway in Auckland.

With 32 teams – divided into eight groups of four – it will be the biggest FIFA Women’s World Cup since the tournament began in 1991. The USA will face minnows Vietnam to start their campaign, followed by the Dutch. Their second match will be against Portugal, Cameroon or Thailand.

“We are excited for the games. It is a pretty tough group, but at the same time it will be good games, especially against the Netherlands,” USA coach Vlatko Andonovski said.

“The Dutch are very good, they have always been one of the top teams, they won the previous Euro and reached the final of the last World Cup.

“I expect a huge challenge for us.”

Andries Jonker, Holland’s coach, called the clash with the Americans “big for them and us, it’s a really big challenge”. “If you want to win this trophy, you have to beat them,” he added.

FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup: USA meets Netherlands in FIFA Women’s World Cup replay of final

American double World Cup winner Carli Lloyd led the draw with former England striker Ian Wright among those helping out at a ceremony attended by around 800 people at Auckland’s Aotea Centre.

The ceremony, with England coach Sarina Wiegman and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern among the guests, opened with a nod to New Zealand and Australia’s indigenous culture. Ardern calls the 2023 World Cup “the world’s biggest women’s sporting event ever”.

Earlier, FIFA president Gianni Infantino criticized broadcasters who have offered “100 times less” to show the Women’s World Cup compared to the men’s.

Global interest in the World Cup is expected to be at an all-time high, with women’s football enjoying a surge in popularity in some countries. July’s Women’s European Championship final between hosts England and rivals Germany at Wembley drew 87,192, a record for both the men’s and women’s European Championships.

Chloe Kelly scored in extra time to give England a breathless 2-1 victory in front of a sell-out crowd and their first major title in women’s football. Wiegman’s side backed that up with a 2-1 win over a young American side in front of another big crowd at Wembley Stadium earlier this month. The USA then lost to Spain in another friendly.

While women’s football is booming in countries such as England and already well established in France, some nations are only just getting started. The Philippines, Morocco, Republic of Ireland, Vietnam and Zambia will all be competing at the Women’s World Cup for the first time.

A play-off tournament in February will decide who takes the remaining three spots of the 32. Australia and New Zealand will host a semi-final each, with the final on August 20 at the 83,000-seater Stadium Australia in Sydney.

FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup: USA meets Netherlands in FIFA Women’s World Cup replay of final

Follow FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup updates with InsideSport.IN

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