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Canada 2015 Draw Preview and Live Thread

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At Noon Eastern, FIFA is set to complete the draw for the 2015 Women's World Cup in Ottawa. Follow along as Canada's road to glory is revealed.

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Canada 2015 Draw

Ottawa, ON

12:00 Eastern Time

TSN

The journey is still many months away, but today Canada will at least learn the road it must take if it wants to win the World Cup on home soil in 2015. The draw is set to take place at noon eastern and will feature Hayley Wickenheiser, Christine Sinclair, John Herdman and a number of the country's other top soccer officials. The knowledge gleaned from the draw will trigger the official countdown to the event itself, which starts June 6.

The Canadian team will likely be looking for a middle of the pack draw, one that is not too difficult but also gives them a bit of adversity before they reach matches where they cannot afford to make a mistake. Largely lost in the aftermath of their impressive Bronze Medal display in London 2012 was the fact that they failed to win the year before at the Women's World Cup, so looking past the group stage would be ridiculous.

As host, the pressure will be on Canada from the opening whistle so having some lenient opposition also wouldn't hurt in the early going. A large part of that elimination in 2011 was the fact that Canada drew Germany and France, two of the best teams in the World. They will almost certainly have to beat one of those two this time around if they are to claim the trophy for the first time.

Here is a look at the pots that will be drawn tomorrow, as well as the best and worst possible draws for Canada. Thankfully, Canada will avoid Brazil, Japan, Germany, France and the United States in the opening round.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Canada Cameroon Australia England
Brazil Costa Rica China PR Netherlands
France Cote D'Ivoire Colombia Norway
Germany Mexico Ecuador Spain
Japan New Zealand Korea Republic Sweden
United States Nigeria Thailand Switzerland

Easiest draw

  • Cote D'Ivoire
  • Ecuador
  • Switzerland
It is conceivable that Canada could end up in a group with all rookie teams. This is not the only conceivable way that could happen, either. All of these teams look primed for early exits, especially Ecuador and Cote D'Ivoire who were some of the last qualifiers.

Group of Death

  • New Zealand
  • Australia
  • Sweden
This would certainly be a tricky group for Canada as the two Oceanic countries have done well in recent competition. If one of them could catch Canada off guard it would set up for a tricky final match against Sweden, who are still one of the powerhouses of the women's game.