Next summer’s Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand will be the first since FIFA voted to expand the event to 32 teams.
That means more places in the field, more newcomers to the tournament and, helpfully, a far simpler format for the draw and the event itself.
The field has been sorted into four pots for Saturday’s draw.
Those pots will be emptied one at a time, from Pot 1 to Pot 4, to create eight groups of four teams each. Teams from the same confederation will be kept apart, with the exception of Europe, which has 11 teams in the field at the moment (a number that could grow to 12) and will be limited to two at most in a single group.
Here’s who has qualified already (29 teams): Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark,…