Women’s World Cup: CanWNT draws familiar foes in New Zealand, Netherlands

Canada’s women’s national team will face Cameroon, New Zealand and the Netherlands in the group stage at next summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

Seeded in Pot A, Canada was drawn into Group E during Saturday’s Women’s World Cup draw in Paris.

Canada’s campaign will begin on June 10 when it faces Cameroon at Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier, France. Canada will then travel to Grenoble for its second group match against New Zealand at Stade des alpes on June 15.

Les Rouges concludes the group phase in Reims on June 20 against the Netherlands at Stade August-Velaune.

“We are excited and really looking forward to the tournament, especially now that we know who we will face in the group stage,” said Canada head coach Kenneth Heiner-Moller.

“There are quite a few nations here that could win it and Canada are certainly one of them. We are confident and have shown that we can beat the best on the world stage, so we are now focusing primarily on pushing and challenging ourselves throughout the first half of 2019, then fine tuning in preparation for next summer.”

Canada will face a pair of familiar foes after previously meeting both New Zealand and the Netherlands in the group stage at Canada 2015. The opening match against Cameroon, meanwhile, will be the first encounter between the two nations.

Canada is 6-1-4 in 11 international matches against New Zealand and is 9-0-3 in 12 international matches against the Netherlands.

The draw was held at the La Seine Musicale in Paris, with the 24 competing nations split into six groups from four different pots, based on FIFA’s Women’s World Rankings.

The Women’s World Cup kicks off on June 7 when hosts France play Korea Republic at the renowned Parc des Princes in Paris.


A: France, Korea Republic, Norway, Nigeria
B: Germany, China PR, Spain, South Africa
C: Australia, Italy, Brazil, Jamaica
D: England, Scotland, Argentina, Japan
E: Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand, Netherlands
F: USA, Thailand, Chile, Sweden