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Australia to host Argentina, South Korea, New Zealand in Women's World Cup warm-up tournament

Matildas' head coach Alen Stajcic believes the Women's World Cup is one of the most open it has been with a number of teams having a good chance of winning the tournament.

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic has described the inaugural Cup of Nations as the "perfect" preparation for next year's World Cup.

The Matildas will meet Argentina, South Korea and New Zealand on home soil in late February as part of their build-up to France.

The mini-tournament will feature three double-headers at Jubilee Stadium in Sydney, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and AAMI Park in Melbourne.

"For me it's perfect -- different styles of play," Stajcic said on Tuesday.

It is a major piece of the puzzle...

The pressure is on for France, Women's World Cup host

France's head coach Corinne Diacre played for the French national team from 1993 to 2005. Now she's preparing the team to earn its best placing yet in the tournament.
Corinne Diacre played for the French women's national team from 1993 to 2005. Now as head coach, she's preparing France to earn its best placing yet in the Women's World Cup.

The prospect of facing the United States in the Women's World Cup could sound daunting, but France's head coach, Corinne Diacre, promises she won't lose any sleep over it. At least not now. After Saturday's draw in Paris, Diacre knows her team could potentially play the Yanks in the quarter finals on June 28. Yet, she refuses to think about it and is instead focusing on getting her Les Bleues World Cup-ready.

"First, the Americans have to top their group -- and we have to as well. It is not a given,"...

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Luck of the Women's World Cup draw? How the top teams fared

Alex Morgan and the USWNT will look to defend their title for the first time in its history.
Alex Morgan and the USWNT will look to defend their title for the first time in its history.

How did some of the top contenders for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup fare in Saturday's draw? Our experts break it down:

United States (Group F)

This starts out as a dream draw, even with the Americans facing Sweden for a fifth straight World Cup and after the Swedes eliminated them from the 2016 Olympics. But Thailand was the Pot C team that every contender wanted, and Chile looked overmatched in two recent meetings. The USWNT also only needs to travel about 200 miles in the group, will...

Australia's Alen Stajcic ready for familiar foes Brazil, won't underestimate Italy and Jamaica

ESPN's Julie Foudy feels Jamaica's World Cup group consisting of Australia, Italy and Brazil will prove to be too much for the debutants.
ESPN's Julie Foudy explains why she is happy the USWNT will face Sweden in the group stage despite the Americans losing to them in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics.

Australia are set to face Brazil for the fourth consecutive time at the Women's World Cup after Saturday night's draw in Paris placed the Matildas in Group C, along with Italy and Jamaica.

Of their three opponents, Brazil poses the toughest, yet most familiar, challenge for Australia in the group stage. With 18 previous meetings against As Canarinhas, the honours are fairly even with the Matildas winning nine, losing eight, with one match ending in a draw.

Speaking exclusively to ESPN after the...

United States' Kelley O'Hara eyes 'redemption' against Sweden at Women's World Cup

ESPN's Julie Foudy explains why she is happy the USWNT will face Sweden in the group stage despite the Americans losing to them in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics.
Kelley O'Hara is likely to play for the U.S. when they compete in the 2019 Women's World Cup.

ATLANTA -- U.S. women's national team defender Kelley O'Hara said she is "pumped" now that the draw for the Women's World Cup is complete.

The U.S. was placed in Group F alongside Sweden, Thailand and Chile and will open the tournament against the Thais in Rheims on June 11, before facing Chile in Paris five days later and will conclude the group stage on June 20 against long-time adversary Sweden in Le Havre.

"It feels real today," O'Hara told a group of reporters. "I have a headache after watching...