Nigeria U-20 Women’s football team, Falconets have been drawn in Group D of the FIFA World Cup billed for France later this year.
The Falconets will battle Haiti, China PR and Germany to make it to the knockout stages of the competition which begins August 5, 2018.
The draw for the tournament held at Rennes Opera House saw the hosts and Papua New Guinea 2016 runners-up France face a high-stakes meeting with the Netherlands in the group phase. Les Bleuettes will also feature in the opening match of the competition, when they take on Ghana in Vannes on 5 August.
Defending champions Korea DPR have been drawn against England, Mexico and Brazil, while Japan will take fight it out with USA, Paraguay and Spain for a place in the quarter-finals. Three-time competition winners Germany will take on Haiti, China PR and Nigeria.
The draw was conducted by Sarai Bareman, FIFA’s Chief Women’s Football Officer, and Rhiannon Martin, FIFA’s Senior Competitions Manager. Assisting them were former France international Camille Abily, who made 183 appearances for her country; FIFA Legend Mikael Silvestre, who won 40 caps for France during his career; Damien Seguin, a sailing gold medallist at the Paralympic Games Athens 2004 and Rio 2016; and 15-year-old Aela Mocaer, who plays for local club CPB Brequigny Rennes.
The towns of Vannes, Concarneau, Saint-Malo and Dinan/Léhon will have the pleasure of hosting the competition, which concludes on 24 August. France is also hosting the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™, when Rennes will be among the host cities.
The draw in full