The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France will be a familiar journey for Canada. The Reds were drawn into Group E along with Cameroon, New Zealand and the Netherlands — which is déjà vu for a side that played New Zealand and the Netherlands in Group A at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Canada’s road to the July 7 World Cup final in Lyon will start in the south of France.
Monday, June 10 – Canada vs Cameroon at Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier
Saturday, June 15 – Canada vs New Zealand at Stade des Alpes in Grenoble
Thursday, June 20 – Canada vs Netherlands at Stade Auguste Delaune in Reims
Coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller will guide Canada in a wide-open group that they are favored to win by only a narrow margin. The current FIFA rankings have Canada at No. 5, Netherlands at No. 7, New Zealand at No. 19 and Cameroon at No. 46.
Just like four years ago on home soil, the biggest challenge for Canada will be that third and final group-stage game against the Netherlands. Canada and the Netherlands played to a 1-1 draw in Montreal a result which allowed Canada to top Group A with five-points. The Netherlands finished third behind China PR, and were eliminated by Japan (2-1) in the Round of 16.
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