Draw shows path to Azerbaijan glory

Preparations for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012 entered a decisive phase with the Official Draw having been held at the International Mugam Centre in Baku on Friday 6 July.

This draw ended a nervous wait for the 16 qualified nations as they discovered the identity of their rivals in the group phase. The Opening Match pits Azerbaijan against Colombia in Baku on 22 September.

The draw itself was presided by Tatjana Haenni, FIFA's Head of Women's Competitions, and carried out by Dutch star Ronald de Boer, big name of the Dutch football, Azerbaijan coach Berti Vogts as well as two stars from the Azerbaijan U-17 women's team: Amina Heydarova and Aysun Aliyeva. Among the musical performers on the evening were Azerbaijan's Sevda Alekberzade, and Safura.

The tournament will take place between 22 September and 13 October in Baku and Lankaran. The top two finishers from each group will advance to the quarter-finals.

The teams were drawn into the following groups:

Group A: Azerbaijan, Colombia, Nigeria, Canada
Group B: France, USA, Korea DPR, Gambia
Group C: Mexico, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan
Group D: Uruguay, China PR, Ghana, Germany