By winning the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) preliminary competition which just finished in Papua New Guinea, New Zealand have claimed the final place in the fifth FIFA Women's World Cup, which will be staged in the Chinese cities of Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin and Wuhan from 10 to 30 September 2007.

The 16 finalists now only have to wait a few days before discovering which teams they will be facing in the group stage. The draw will take place at the Guanggu Science & Technology Exhibition Centre in Wuhan on 22 April 2007.

The basic draw principles, which have been approved by the FIFA Committee for Women's Football and the Women's World Cup, chaired by Worawi Makudi (Thailand), comprise of the following:
- The hosts, China, will occupy position 1 in Group D (D1);
- The reigning world champions, Germany, will occupy position A1;
- The USA and Norway, first and third in the FIFA World Ranking for March 2007, respectively - Germany are ranked second - have been seeded. The draw will determine the group in which they are placed (B or C) as well as their position in their group;
- No group may contain more than one team from the same confederation, except UEFA (maximum two teams in a same group).

Brimming with enthusiasm and professionalism, the Chinese Local Organising Committee (LOC) is now putting the finishing touches to a ceremony which promises to be highly entertaining.

The festivities will kick off the evening before the draw with a gala match between the Chinese women's national team and a FIFA Women's World Stars team at the Wuhan Sports Centre Stadium, where four first-round matches and two quarter-finals of the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 will also be staged.

On a high after clinching their eighth AFC Women's Asian Cup title last year and growing in stature in front of their home fans, the Chinese will pit themselves against a team almost exclusively comprising players from teams that have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 finals (see attached list). The FIFA Women's World Stars will be put through their paces by current England coach Hope Powell and the former coach of reigning world champions Germany, Tina Theune-Meyer.

Visit  FIFA.com  for more information on the FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 and the 16 finalists.

FIFA Women's World Stars

 

 

 

 

 

Position

Popular Name

Country

Date of birth

1

Goalkeeper

NORDBY Bente

Norway

23.07.1974

12

Goalkeeper

BROWN Rachel

England

02.07.1980

2

Defender

GONZALEZ Monica

Mexico

10.10.1978

3

Defender

ISOZAKI Hiromi

Japan

22.12.1975

4

Defender

GEORGES Laura

France

20.08.1984

5

Midfielder

NEIL Andrea

Canada

26.10.1971

6

Midfielder

DANIELA

Brazil

12.01.1984

7

Forward

RI Kum Suk

Korea DPR

16.08.1978

8

Midfielder

SCHELIN Lotta

Sweden

27.02.1984

9

Forward

UWAK Cynthia

Nigeria

15.07.1986

10

Midfielder

BAYOR Adjoa

Ghana

17.05.1979

11

Forward

MODISE Portia

South Africa

20.06.1983

13

Midfielder

LILLY Kristine

USA

22.07.1971

14

Defender

ANDERSEN Gitte

Denmark

28.04.1977

15

Defender

SALISBURY Cheryl

Australia

08.03.1974

16

Midfielder

JACKMAN Maia

New Zealand

25.05.1975

17

Forward

POHLERS Conny

Germany

16.11.1978

18

Midfielder

CORONEL Mariela

Argentina

20.06.1981

 

 

 

 

 

Coaches

POWELL Hope (England)

 

 

THEUNE-MEYER Tina (Germany)