The Official Draw for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup has taken place at Montreal’s Windsor Hotel, with the pick of the sections pairing USA and Germany – finalists in 2012, and the tournament’s most successful teams – in Group B with Brazil and China PR.
Hosts Canada, meanwhile, face a series of intriguing challenges against Ghana, Finland and Korea DPR – themselves former champions – in Group A. The Canucks and Ghanaians will also contest the tournament’s opening match, on 5 August at Toronto’s National Stadium, after a draw conducted by Tatjana Haenni, FIFA’s Head of Women’s Competitions, and assistants Sylvie Beliveau, Janine Helland and Clare Rustad.
The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which is returning to the nation that hosted its inaugural edition in 2002, will be played in four venues - Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal and Toronto - between 5 and 24 August 2014. Canada will also host the senior equivalent, the FIFA Women’s World Cup, in June and July of 2015.