Pick your poison.
The U.S. women’s national team will have at least to formidable opponent at the Tokyo Olympic women’s soccer tournamentt this summer.
The Americans will play either nemesis Sweden, Great Britain or Brazil in the group stage. The Swedes are ranked fifth in the latest FIFA women’s rankings, England, which is expected to comprise most of the Great Britain team, sixth, and Brazil seventh.
FIFA Friday announced the prodecures for the Wednesday, April 21 draw for the tournament.
The USWNT was placed in Pot 1 along with host Japan and the Netherlands. Japan already has been designated as E1, which probably means the USA and the Dutch will be seeded teams. FIFA did not stipulate this in its press release.
* Pot 1: Japan, USA, Netherlands
* Pot 2: Sweden, Great Britain, Brazil
* Pot 3: Canada, Australia, China PR
* Pot 4: New Zealand, Chile, Zambia
The allocation to the pots was based on the world ranking, which was released Friday. The 12 sides will be drawn into three groups of four (Groups E to G).
Japan will take the lead spot in Group A (men’s) and Group E (women’s), with the men’s teams allocated into four pots based on a ranking built according to performances at the past five Olympic football tournaments. The ranking is weighted so that recent performances play a more prominent role, and a bonus is given to those nations who finished their qualifying competition as continental champions.
The 16 sides will be drawn into four groups of four (Groups A to D), and the pot allocation for the men’s tournament is as follows:
* Pot 1: Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Korea Republic
* Pot 2: Mexico, Germany, Honduras, Spain
* Pot 3: Egypt, New Zealand, Côte d’Ivoire, South Africa
* Pot 4: Australia, Saudi Arabia, France, Romania
Fans will have the opportunity to follow the draws from their homes on the FIFA YouTube channel , Twitter (@FIFA.com ), Facebook , Weibo and WeChat (FIFAOfficial). The live-streamed show will be hosted by the British TV presenter and journalist, Samantha Johnson, current sports anchor and correspondent for TRT World, based in Istanbul. She will be joined by Jaime Yarza, FIFA Director of Tournaments, and Sarai Bareman, FIFA Chief Women’s Football Officer, who will conduct the men’s and women’s draws respectively.