Football: New Zealand to face Canada, Netherlands, Cameroon at 2019 World Cup

New Zealand's Football Ferns.
New Zealand's Football Ferns. Photo credit: Photosport

The Football Ferns have been drawn in a tough pool for next year's women's World Cup in France which includes two teams ranked inside the top 10.

Sunday morning's draw [NZ time] in Paris saw New Zealand selected to play in Group E alongside Canada, Netherlands, and Cameroon.

There is some familiarity in their pool, as they faced both Canada and the Netherlands at the last World Cup in Canada, and Cameroon at the 2012 London Olympics. The Football Ferns drew with Canada and lost to the Netherlands, while beating Cameroon.

Canada are the highest ranked team in the pool, currently ranked fifth in the world, reaching the quarter-finals at the last World Cup in 2015.

The Netherlands reached the round of 16 at the last World Cup, but are currently at their highest ranking of seventh after winning the UEFA Women's Championship last year.

Cameroon also reached the round of 16 at the last World Cup, but are currently ranked 46th.

New Zealand qualified for the World Cup earlier this month after winning the Oceania Nations Cup, beating Fiji in the final.

The Football Ferns are chasing a first win at a World Cup and a place in the knockout stages for the first time.

Their first match in group E will be against the Netherlands on June 12 (NZ time).

2019 Fifa Women's World Cup draw 

Group A: France, South Korea, Norway, Nigeria

Group B: Germany, China, Spain, South Africa

Group C: Australia, Italy, Brazil, Jamaica

Group D: England, Scotland, Argentina, Japan 

Group E: Canada, Cameroon, New Zealand, Netherlands

Group F: United States, Thailand, Chile, Sweden