Carli Lloyd, hero of the U.S.’s 2015 Women’s World Cup triumph, will be a part of the draw. (Matthew Levine/Outfoxed Media)
Not surprisingly, defending champion and top-ranked United States will be in Pot 1 for the Women’s World Cup qualifying draw in Paris on Saturday.
Joining Americans in the six-team pot are host France, Germany, England, Canada and Australia. Those teams will be top-seeded in the six groups for the 2019 tournament, which will be played from June 7 to July 7.
The draw will be held at La Seine Musicale Arts Centre and will begin at noon (FS1).
The four pots for the draw were released by FIFA Friday morning.
The Netherlands, Japan, Sweden, Brazil, Spain and Norway comprise Pot 2.
In Pot 3, the Korea Republic, China, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland and Thailand.
And Argentina, Chile, Nigeria, Cameroon, South Africa and Jamaica make up Pot 4.
Several well-known soccer players will partake in the draw, including the USA’s Carli Lloyd, Didier Deschamps, Brazilian great Kaka, Alex Scott, Michael Essien and Aya Miyama.
Chile, Jamaica, Scotland and South Africa are newcomers to the Women’s World Cup.
Here is a look at the latest FIFA women’s rankings, which were released Friday morning: