With less than a year lớn go for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Thorns’ nations — Canada, Costa Rica, japan and the USWNT — know who they will face in the group stage.

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The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup is getting closer và the draw, which took place in New Zealand on Saturday afternoon (local time), set the groups for the 32 participating nations — including those that our Thorns will represent.

The ninth edition of the biggest tournament in women’s soccer, lớn be held in nước australia and New Zealand from July trăng tròn to August 20, expanded lớn 32 national teams for this latest iteration.

Where did Canada, Costa Rica, Japan, and the USWNT kết thúc up? Should you get tickets to lớn travel to New Zealand or khổng lồ Australia? Find out below.


The stage is set! Who will claim the #FIFAWWC? #BeyondGreatness pic.twitter.com/aaf9lt8zFf

— FIFA Women"s World Cup (
FIFAWWC) October 22, 2022

Canada

The Olympic gold medalists are in group B along with one of the host nations, Australia, one of the World Cup debutants, Republic of Ireland, and Nigeria.

After winning the gold medal in Tokyo, the Concacaf powerhouse will look to achieve what they have never done before: get khổng lồ a World Cup final — and win it. Their best run at this competition was in the 2003 edition, where they reached the semifinals. They lost lớn the USWNT in the third place game, finishing fourth overall.

Their next best finish was in the in the năm ngoái World Cup which they hosted, where they reached the quarterfinal round for just the second time in their history.


Group B is phối #FIFAWWC
CANWNT will take on co-hosts Australia, the Republic of Ireland & Nigeria in the group phase of the 2023 FIFA Women"s World Cup Australia/New Zealand™ #WeCAN pic.twitter.com/fVl7DJO6Vw

— Canada Soccer (
CanadaSoccerEN) October 22, 2022

It will be the sixth appearance of Christine Sinclair on a World Cup stage. Will this be the last for the great Canadian captain, và will she be able lớn retire on a high note?

In the case of Janine Beckie, the 28 years old will look khổng lồ be included in the final roster to play in her second World Cup after France 2019.

Canada will debut on July 21 against Nigeria at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

Costa Rica

The Ticas are back at a World Cup after their absence from the 2019 edition. This will be their second participation in the said tournament for them, with năm ngoái being their debut in the competition. Rocky Rodríguez debuted in that tournament at 21 years old and became the first Tica to score a goal in a World Cup.

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In the past seven years, Rocky has become instrumental for coach Amelia Valverde và one of the most important Costa Rican players of all time. The Central American country finished third in the group in Canada năm ngoái and couldn’t get a win (two draws và one loss) in three matches. So first và foremost, they will look to get out of the group stage in 2023. It won’t be easy, though. Costa Rica is in group C, along with two top teams — Spain & Japan- — & the World Cup debutant Zambia.

The Ticas will debut on July 21 against Spain at Wellington Regional Stadium.


¡YA TENEMOS RIVALES! Jugaremos en el Grupo C ante España - 21 Julio - ️ WellingtonZambia - 26 Julio - ️ DunedinJapón - 31 Julio - ️Waikato¡VAMOS SELE! #FCRF #LaSeleFemenina #PuraVidaEnAuNz23 #FIFAWWCDra pic.twitter.com/tfPUgzavJL

— FCRF (
fedefutbolcrc) October 22, 2022

Japan

The Nadeshiko need no introduction. They’re known for their technique and fast ball movement, và we can’t forget lớn mention that they are the 2011 World Cup champions & runners-up in 2015.

Nonetheless, in the past few years, they have lost some of their success. Japan’s coaches haven’t been able to give the group the necessary cohesiveness despite the individual talent. Having worked with Japan’s U-17 and U-20, coach Futoshi Ikeda will look to replicate the success he had with the younger national teams. Ikeda has been testing players since he took the position in 2021 & of course, Hina Sugita is in the national team picture. Although she’s not a veteran, she already has one World Cup under her belt (France 2019). Will Australia/New Zealand 2023 be her second? Her work rate shown with Portland seems lớn indicate so, but we have to lớn wait và see.

This upcoming World Cup will bring a Thorns clash if both Rocky and Hina get the chance khổng lồ play their second World Cup. Since both nhật bản and Costa Rica are in the same group, they’ll play each other on July 26 at Dunedin Stadium, NZ.

Japan’s debut will be on July 22 against Zambia at Waikato Stadium, NZ.

USWNT

The defending champions are in Group E, along with Netherlands, Vietnam, and the Group A Playoff winner (Cameroon, Thailand, or Portugal).

The US has been dealing with growing pains since Vlatko Andonovski took the position of head coach. The transition from the 2019 generation lớn a younger one hasn’t been easy, but nobody can write the USA off, even though they don’t look lượt thích the overwhelming team they’ve been in past years. Time and time again, the USWNT has been able lớn reinvent itself, no matter who dons the jersey.

With more than nine months to go, they still have to keep developing chemistry on the field, recover some injured players and find their best number 6 available.

The US will debut on July 22 against Vietnam, a debutant of the World Cup. Then, they’ll play a pivotal game against the 2019 runners-up, the Netherlands, on July 27 at Wellington Regional Stadium. They’ll finish their group phase against the Group A playoff winner on August 1 at Eden Park.


While you were sleeping...The 2023 FIFA Women"s World Cup Draw occurred in New Zealand. ⤵️

— U.S. Women"s National Soccer Team (

Everything seems lớn indicate that this will be the first world cup for Sophia Smith, one where she will be seen as one of the protagonists inn the attack. Will Lindsey Horan continue as the first choice US number 6? Will this be the last world cup for USWNT captain Becky Sauerbrunn? và what about Sam Coffey? Will she make it lớn the final roster?

We have many questions, and with time flying by we will find out the answers to lớn them soon.

With the groups set, who you got? Will the USWNT be able lớn win its third world cup in a row? Or someone else will vì it? Drop your world cup predictions in the comments section!