United States attracted to face Thailand Chile Sweden in the Women's World Cup - ESPN

The United States will be favorites to take fourth place in the Women's World Cup after the draw for next year's tournament, while the hosts of France will play the opening match against South Korea in Paris on 7 June.

The American side of Jill Ellis, who beat Japan 5-2 in the final to win the World Cup in Canada three years ago, was attracted by Thailand, the debutants of Chile and the Olympic silver medals of the 2016 of Sweden in the Group F.

France, which has never passed the semi-finals, will also face the 1995 champions Norway and Nigeria in Group A of the eighth edition of the tournament.

After registering their best finish in the World Cup for third place in 2015, Phil Neville's England may find it difficult to repeat the feat after being attracted to Scotland, Argentina and Japan, who eliminated the Lionesses in the semifinals in Canada, in Group D.

This seems to be the most difficult group, with an ironic smile from the orchestra director and former English defender Alex Scott, alongside former Manchester United and France striker Louis Saha in the Seine Musical headquarters of Paris.

"I know that Phil Neville is here tonight and I'm sure he'll tell him that his players' bronze medal is good, but it's about turning that bronze medal into a gold." You want to make sure you get on the podium, "said Scott at the auditorium including coaches and players from all 24 participating nations.

Germany, the only country besides Norway, the United States and Japan to win the World Cup, will face a recovering China in the first Group B race before facing Spain and South Africa.

Group C sees Australia facing Brazil, once again led by former player Marta, along with Italy and debutants in Jamaica.

The Netherlands, European champions, may have high hopes of reaching the final stages of Group E, but will have to beat Canada, Cameroon and New Zealand.

Fifty-two matches will be played in nine stadiums in France, the first time the country hosted the tournament, from 7 June to 7 July with the last set that will take place in the Stade de Lyon.

FIFA has declared that almost 200,000 tickets have been sold for the event. The governing body of world football aims to have a record of one billion spectators for the tournament next year.

Here is a look at the complete draw:

Group A: France, South Korea, Norway, Nigeria

Group B: Germany, China, Spain, South Africa

Group C: Australia, Italy, Brazil, Jamaica

Group D: England, Scotland, Argentina, Japan

Group E: Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand, the Netherlands

Group F: United States, Thailand, Chile, Sweden

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