The Rio Olympics draw took place Thursday at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the host city of both finals. The U.S. Women’s National Team placed in Group G, and will face New Zealand, France and Colombia. In an attempt at the team’s fourth straight gold medal, and a quest to be the first ever World Cup champion to win the gold, they will compete with fiesty New Zealand, a speedy French side and familiar foe Colombia.
The tournament begins August 3rd, even before the opening ceremony. The USWNT schedule begins that day against New Zealand in Belo Horizonte. Game two on August 6th will be the toughest against France in the same location. The third group game for the US is in the Amazon city of Manaus on August 9th against Colombia.
Eight of the 12 teams (the top two from each group, plus the top two third-place teams) advance from the Group stage to the Quarterfinals. The USWNT could then face Brazil or possibly Germany in the quarterfinals depending on where they come out of the Group stage.
Women’s Olympic Group Draw
Group E: Brazil, China, Sweden, South Africa
Group F: Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe, Germany
Group G: United States, New Zealand, France, Colombia
On the men’s side, defending Olympic champion Mexico is in a group with reigning World Cup champion Germany, along with South Korea and Fiji. The top two from each Group go on to the Quarterfinals. A reminder, the Olympics is a U-23 event, with each team allotted three roster spots for an “over-age” player.
Men’s Olympic Draw
Group A: Brazil, South Africa, Iraq, Denmark
Group B: Sweden, Colombia, Nigeria, Japan
Group C: Mexico, Germany, South Korea, Fiji
Group D: Argentina, Portugal, Algeria, Honduras
There’s just one pressing question that remains: will the women of U.S. Soccer boycott the Olympics?