New Zealand Claim 16th and Final Berth
The 16 finalists now only have to wait a few days before discovering which teams they will be facing in the group stage. The draw will take place at the Guanggu Science & Technology Exhibition Centre in Wuhan on 22 April 2007.
The basic draw principles, which have been approved by the FIFA Committee for Women’s Football and the Women’s World Cup, chaired by Worawi Makudi (Thailand), comprise of the following:
The hosts, China, will occupy position 1 in Group D (D1);
The reigning world champions, Germany, will occupy position A1;
The USA and Norway, first and third in the FIFA World Ranking for March 2007, respectively – Germany are ranked second – have been seeded. The draw will determine the group in which they are placed (B or C) as well as their position in their group;
No group may contain more than one team from the same confederation, except UEFA (maximum two teams in a same group).
Brimming with enthusiasm and professionalism, the Chinese Local Organising Committee (LOC) is now putting the finishing touches to a ceremony which promises to be highly entertaining.
The festivities will kick off the evening before the draw with a gala match between the Chinese women’s national team and a FIFA Women’s World Stars team at the Wuhan Sports Centre Stadium, where four first-round matches and two quarter-finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007 will also be staged.
On a high after clinching their eighth AFC Women’s Asian Cup title last year and growing in stature in front of their home fans, the Chinese will pit themselves against a team almost exclusively comprising players from teams that have qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007 finals (see attached list). The FIFA Women’s World Stars will be put through their paces by current England coach Hope Powell and the former coach of reigning world champions Germany, Tina Theune-Meyer.
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