Fifa Women`s World Cup — Anticipation levels rise ahead of draw

The football world turns its attentions to Germany this Monday, 29 November 2010, as another major milestone on the road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011™ is reached.

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The official draw for the finals takes place from 19:30 CET at the Frankfurt Congress Centre, where each of the 16 participating teams will finally find out who they will be facing at next year’s festival of women’s football.

‘The real countdown’

The 45-minute show will also reveal where the 32 matches will be played and which team will compete against hosts Germany in the Opening Match at the Berlin Olympiastadion on 26 June 2011.

“The draw marks the start of the real countdown to the FIFA Women’s World Cup,” said FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. “We’re all excited to see which teams the draw will pair together.”

The evening will be hosted by FIFA Head of Women’s Competitions Tatjana Haenni, while goalkeeping legend Oliver Kahn and Adriana Karembeu, top model and women’s football ambassador, will conduct the draw.

German pop-rock quartet Wir Sind Helden are set to provide the entertainment: “We’re honoured to be a part of it,” the band told in an exclusive interview.

Galaxy of stars

Over 600 guests and around 200 media representatives are expected at the Frankfurt Congress Centre. The likes of Worawi Makudi, FIFA Executive Committee member, and Steffi Jones, President of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), will be joined by Governor of Hessen Volker Bouffier, Mayor of Frankfurt Petra Roth, DFB (German FA) President Dr. Theo Zwanziger, DFB General Secretary Wolfgang Niersbach as well as many other ambassadors from the nine host cities and 16 participating nations.

Germany, only the second European nation to host a FIFA Women’s World Cup after Sweden in 1995, have made a record nine stadiums available for the tournament in the host cities of Berlin, Frankfurt, Augsburg, Dresden, Bochum, Wolfsburg, Leverkusen, Sinsheim and Monchengladbach. brings you the action

“In addition to smooth organisation, we want to present ourselves as excellent hosts and lay the foundations for a wonderful atmosphere at the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in Germany,” said LOC President Jones.

Germany captain and record FIFA Women’s World Cup goalscorer Birgit Prinz was also full of enthusiasm: “I can’t wait to play in all those sold-out World Cup stadiums.”

The draw for the finals will be broadcast in over 200 countries worldwide, and you can keep track all of the action live on The show will be broadcast live via video stream on the official FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 website, excluding the USA and Germany. In addition, users will find news, previews and exclusive interviews, as well as analysis, quotes and a ‘Have Your Say’ discussion forum throughout the course of the evening.

Germany 2011: Draw procedure

Qualified teams


AFC (3):

CAF (2):



OFC (1):

UEFA (4.5):


► None of the groups may feature more than one team from each geographic region.
► Exception: Group A will have two teams from Europe.

Decision of the Committee

Germany (as host) is automatically placed in Group A, position 1 (A1)
Japan (AFC) will be placed in Group B, position 1 (B1)
USA (CONCACAF) will be placed in Group C, position 1 (C1)
Brazil (CONMEBOL) will be placed in Group D, position 1 (D1).

Pot Allocations

Teams – ranking in brackets according to FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking of November 2010:

Pot 1:
GERMANY (UEFA/2 – white ball)
JAPAN (AFC/5 – red ball)
USA (CONCACAF/1 – yellow ball)
BRAZIL (CONMEBOL/3 – blue ball) 

Pot 2:

Pot 3:

Pot 4:

Draw procedure

Pot 1:

► The draw starts with pot 1
Germany, as the host, will be seeded in Group A
Japan, as the best-ranked team from the AFC, will be seeded in Group B
USA, as the best-ranked team from CONCACAF, will be seeded in Group C
Brazil, as the best-ranked team from CONMEBOL, will be seeded in Group D
► Their positions in the groups will be A1 Germany, B1 Japan, C1 USA, D1 Brazil.

Pot 2

► Principle – No more than one team from a confederation in each group
Australia and Korea DPR may not be drawn in Group B, which already has an AFC team (Japan).
Canada and Mexico may not be drawn in Group C, which already has a CONCACAF team (USA)

Pot 3

► Principle – No second team from the same confederation can be in the same group.
Colombia may not be drawn in Group D, which already has a CONMEBOL team (Brazil).
► The first non-CONMEBOL team (Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, New Zealand) must go in Group D with the seeded team from CONMEBOL (Brazil), unless Colombia is drawn as the first team, then it proceeds as normal from left to right.

Pot 4

► Principle – Only 1 group with 2 teams from UEFA
► Second UEFA team in Group A with Germany