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Football - 21. April 2007.

The draw for the 2007 World Cup in China

The draw for the 2007 World Cup in China

By Alex Stone in Wuhan. Saturday, 21 April 2007.

The draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007 will be held at the Guanggu Science and Technology Exhibition Centre in Wuhan, China on Sunday at 6.45pm local time (9.45am BST).

Sixteen teams will be competing in the flagship competition of women’s football, which will be played in the cities of Shanghai, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Tianjin and Wuhan from 10 to 30 September 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), will be as follows:
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 Women’s World Ranking for March 2007, respectively (Germany are currently ranked second) will also be in Pot 1 with China and Germany. The draw will determine the group in which they will be placed (B or C) as well as their position in their group;
No group may contain more than one team from a particular confederation, except UEFA (maximum two teams per group):
Korea DPR will be placed in Group B
More than 800 people will be attending the ceremony, which will fuse Chinese culture and international style. The show will feature the bianzhong, a traditional Chinese percussion instrument also known as a bell set, as well as acrobats for which the city of Wuhan is renowned. The official song of the FIFA Women’s World Cup China 2007 will also be performed live.

Those present at the ceremony will include FIFA Vice-Presidents Issa Hayatou and Jack Warner, FIFA Executive Committee member and AFC President Mohamed bin Hammam, FIFA Executive Committee member and chairman of the Committee for Women’s Football and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Worawi Makudi, FIFA General Secretary Urs Linsi, Chinese Minister of the General Administration of Sport Liu Peng and Vice-President and General Secretary of the Chinese Football Association Xie Ya Long.

The draw will be conducted by FIFA Director of Competitions Jim Brown and FIFA’s head of women’s football Tatjana Haenni with the help of four well-known assistants in the shape of Sun Wen (FIFA women’s football ambassador, winner of the adidas Golden Ball and Golden Shoe at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1999), Tina Theune-Meyer (former coach of reigning world champions Germany), Gao Hong (former China goalkeeper) and Tian Zhen (a Chinese singer best known for Steel Roses, a song dedicated to the Chinese women’s national team).

The 16 teams are as follows, with their world rankings in brackets: USA (1), Germany (2), Norway (3), Sweden (4), North Korea (5), Denmark (6), Brazil (8), Japan (9), Canada (10), China (11), England (12), Australia (14), New Zealand (23), Nigeria (24), Argentina (32) and Ghana (48)

TheFA.com will bring you post draw reaction from Head Coach Hope Powell from Wuhan, as well as Goalkeeper Rachel Brown who is in Wuhan to play for the FIFA All-Star team against China.
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