Nigeria in Group A with France, South Korea and Norway

       England celebrate after clinching World Cup qualification in Newport

Expand England celebrate after clinching World Cup qualification in Newport

The US and Canadian women's national teams learned their group-stage assignments for the 2019 Women's World Cup on Saturday as Federation Internationale de Football Association held their draw for next summer's tournament in France.

The old worldwide rivals will play each other in Nice on June 9, 2019, with the sides having previously met at Euro 2017, where the Lionesses were 6-0 winners.

And England has been drawn into a competitively and geographically interesting group: The bronze medalists from four years ago are with 2015 runners-up Japan as well as neighbors and World Cup debutants Scotland.

Old rivals England and Scotland will meet in Nice in their opening game in Group D on June 9.

The draw for the competition's eighth edition took place Saturday evening at La Seine Musicale arts center in Paris.

World No. 1 and defending champions United States of America will launch its bid for a fourth title from a group with Sweden, Thailand and Chile.

"I know Phil Neville is here tonight and I'm sure he'll be telling his players 'bronze medal is good, but it's about turning that bronze medal into a gold one.' You want to make sure you're on the podium", Scott told the packed auditorium including coaches and players from all 24 participating nations.

The ordering in each pot is by ranking, other than France - the tournament hosts next year - who are the one sure thing in the draw: they will occupy the first spot in Group A. But with Cameroon, New Zealand and reigning European champs the Netherlands, they will face a dicier lineup of adversaries in Group E.

The final will take place in Lyon on Sunday 7 July 2019.

Thailand have drawn defending champion US for their first match of the 2019 Women's World Cup in Paris in June and July.

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