If you’re going through World Cup withdrawal, don’t worry. There’s a World Cup on the schedule in 2015. And this time, it’s the women taking the pitch for international bragging rights.
The 2015 Women’s World Cup will be played in Canada from June 6-July 5. But over the past couple weeks things have started ramping up in anticipation of the competition.
First, on December 6, FIFA held the Women’s World Cup draw and — surprise! — the American women find themselves in their own Group of Death. The top-ranked US squad is in Group D, along with Australia, Sweden, and Nigeria.
“This team is ready for anything,” US coach Jill Ellis, told SI.com. “Having played in the Olympics and challenged France in the first round, I think our team recognizes they have to go through every team, any team, to get to where we want to be. I’m confident in the next five months we’ll get this team ready to play in that group.”
Here’s a video from SI Wire that goes into a bit more about Group D and why it’s so tough:
And here’s the complete breakdown of the six groups in the tournament:
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The day before the draw, Adidas revealed the match ball for the 2015 Women’s World Cup. The context15 features a design inspired by earth, wind, and fire, and it’s built with the same technology used in brazuca, the 2014 World Cup match ball.
More Women’s World Cup news is bound to break between now and the start of the tournament in June. So stay tuned to SIKids.com for the latest!
Photos: Adidas (match ball), Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images (draw)