The three groups of four teams which will contest each other for the women’s soccer Olympic crown are set after Tuesday morning’s draw from Wembley Stadium and the top-seeded United States women will face three opponents they battled in the 2011 Women’s World Cup: France, Colombia and North Korea.
France, the No. 6-ranked team in the world, gave the U.S. trouble in the semifinal before losing 3-1. The United States beat Colombia pretty handily, 3-0 in the group stage and also topped Korea DPR 2-0 in group play at the World Cup.
The other big match-ups will see Japan play Sweden in Group F and Brazil take on hosts Great Britain in Group E. Brazil got a gift here by avoiding both Japan and Sweden in Group F, the only other group the Brazilians could have been drawn into.
Here are the groups:
Group E: Great Britain, New Zealand, Cameroon, Brazil
Group F: Japan, Canada, Sweden, South Africa
Group G: USA, France, Colombia, Korea DPR
Which groups do you think are the toughest? Which match-ups are you anticipating the most?
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