Tokyo Olympics: Football Ferns to face heavyweights US, OlyWhites handed favourable draw

The Football Ferns and OlyWhites have learned their opponents for this year's Tokyo Olympics football tournament - with contrasting fortunes for New Zealand's sides.

New Zealand's men have been handed a very favourable draw for the tournament, placed in Group B alongside South Korea, Honduras and Romania.

The draw is considerably more favorable than the worst possible outcome for the OlyWhites, who have avoided the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Spain or France.

On the other hand, the NZ women face a much more difficult draw against heavyweights US, Sweden and trans-Tasman rivals Australia, who they'll play in their opening match of the tournament. 

Elsewhere, Australia's men also have a difficult draw, landing in Group C with Argentina, Spain and Egypt. 

Former All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen and ex-US forward Lindsay Tarpley were on hand to complete the respective men's and women's draws in Zurich. FIFA's chief women's football officer, NZ-born Sarai Bareman, conducted the women's draw. 

Teams will play each other in a round-robin format, with the top two advancing to the knockout stage. The women's draw will also see the two best third-placed teams advance, with that tournament consisting of only 12 teams. 

The Tokyo Olympics football tournaments begin on July 21 and run through until August 7.

Men's draw:

Group A: Japan, Mexico, South Africa, France

Group B: New Zealand, South Korea, Honduras, Romania

Group C: Argentina, Spain, Egypt, Australia

Group D: Brazil, Germany, Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia

Women's draw

Group E: Japan, Great Britain, Canada, Chile

Group F: Netherlands, Brazil, China, Zambia

Group G: New Zealand, USA, Sweden, Australia