Canada paired with hosts

Canada, the final team to qualify for the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup New Zealand 2008, have been paired with the hosts, Colombia and Denmark in Group A of the tournament. The Canucks, whose single goal victory over Mexico last night ensured their qualification, will meet the Young Football Ferns in the Opening Match on 28 October in Auckland.

Elsewhere, Nigeria have been placed in the Wellington-based Group D alongside Brazil, England and Korea Republic, in what promises to be a keenly contested section. Arguably the pick of the matches will be when the Flamingoes go head-to-head with the Auriverdes in the final round of group stage matches in Christchurch on 5 November.

CONCACAF champions USA were automatically drawn into Group C to face Japan, France and Paraguay. They begin their campaign with a match against Japan in Hamilton.

Costa Rica, runners-up to the US will meet Germany, Korea DPR and Ghana in Group B. The Ticos, who will be competing at their first FIFA women's world finals will make their debut against Germany in Christchurch on 29 October. When the red and white go head-to-head on that afternoon, memories are sure to be recalled of the Opening Match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, when the Europeans ran out 4-2 winners.

The draw to determine these pairings took place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich today, as at the time of the Official Draw on 1 June 2008, the qualifiers for the CAF and CONCACAF zones were still ongoing.