World Cup 2023: England’s Lions have been drawn to face Denmark and China


The USA is going for its third consecutive World Cup, a feat never accomplished by men or women

European champions England will face Denmark and China at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

They will be joined by Senegal, Haiti or Chile in group D.

The Lionesses will be based in Australia, with team games in Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide.

The Republic of Ireland, making their tournament debut, are in Group B alongside Olympic champions Australia, Canada and Nigeria.

The Republic will also be based in Australia, with group games in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane.

China is ranked 15th in the world and was runner-up in 1999, losing to the USA, and in 2017 Denmark was runner-up at the Euros, losing to the Netherlands.

Reigning champions USA, who have won the last two World Cups and are on course for an unprecedented third, will face the Netherlands in Group E in a repeat of the 2019 final, along with Vietnam and Cameroon, either Thailand or Portugal.

The tournament kicks off on July 20 with hosts New Zealand taking on Norway in the opening match in Auckland, New Zealand and the final on August 20 at Stadium Australia in Sydney.

The tournament features 32 teams, compared to the 24 that played at the last World Cup in France in 2019.

Five of the 32 teams will be making their first appearance on the world stage: Morocco, Philippines, Republic of Ireland, Vietnam and Zambia.

Teams A, C, E and G will play all group matches in New Zealand and Teams B, D, F and H will play in Australia.

Full draw

Group A: New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Switzerland

Group B: Australia, Republic of Ireland, Nigeria, Canada

Group C: Spain, Costa Rica, Zambia, Japan

Group D: England, Senegal/Haiti/Chile, Denmark, China

Group E: USA, Vietnam, Netherlands, Cameroon/Thailand/Portugal

Group F: France, Jamaica, Brazil, Chinese Taipei/Paraguay/PNG/Panama

Group G: Sweden, South Africa, Italy, Argentina

Group H: Germany, Morocco, Colombia, Republic of Korea

When will the rest of the eliminations be decided?

A 10-team tournament will be held in New Zealand in February 2023 to decide the last three finalists.

The teams will be divided into three groups, two from three groups and one from four, with each group playing its own knockout.

The team classified in the two groups of three groups will go directly to the final, and the winners of the semi-finals will meet between the other two groups.

The 10 participating teams are Portugal, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Cameroon, Senegal, Haiti, Panama, Chile, Paraguay and Papua New Guinea.

When will England play?

England begin their World Cup campaign in Brisbane on July 22 against either Senegal, Haiti or Chile, Denmark in Sydney on July 28 and China in Adelaide on August 1.

Should they get out of their group, the Lions could face the winner or runner-up from Group B in the round of 16, meaning they could meet hosts Australia or Olympic champions Canada.

Progressing to the last 16 could set up a possible meeting with Germany in the quarter-finals, who England beat in the Euro final.

If both England and USA beat their groups, they will not be able to meet until the final.

The Republic of Ireland celebrates World Cup qualification
The Republic of Ireland entered the 2nd round of the World Cup qualifiers where they beat Scotland 1-0 to advance.

Republic of Ireland, who Beat Scotland to qualify for their first world championship, they face a daunting task in Group B, kicking off the tournament against the Matildas in Sydney on July 20.

They will face Tokyo 2020 Olympic champions Canada in Perth on July 26, Nigeria in Brisbane on July 31.

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