FIFA has disclosed today the pots for the Rio Olympics draw and it does not look great for France.
The women’s sides will also be split into four pots, but their allocation to the pots will be based on the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women’s World Ranking released on 25 March.
The 12 sides will be drawn into three groups of four (named Groups E-G), and the pot allocation for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament is as follows:
Pot 1: Brazil, USA, Germany
Pot 2: France, Australia, Sweden
Pot 3: Canada, China PR, New Zealand
Pot 4: Colombia, South Africa, Zimbabwe
Brazil are in E1 position, which means France dropped in Pot 2 which is a bummer for us.
The general principle for each tournament’s draw is to ensure that no group has more than one team from the same confederation.
France obviously cannot meet Australia or Sweden as they are in the same pot as us and Germany as well as FIFA don’t want team from the same confederation in the groups.
So from Pot 1 it will be either the USA a bad draw or Brazil an ok draw.
From Pot 3 Canada are tough defensive opponents who beat us for the Bronze medal at the London Olympics. China are on the way up with Bruno Bini the former France manager leading them. New Zealand are definitely beatable and would be the best draw from the three teams. If we get the USA from Pot 1 we cannot get Canada as well.
From Pot 4 Colombia : all we need to remember is last year’s World Cup and the 2-0 defeat at the Group stage that led to the quarter-final defeat against Germany with the coach unable to rotate players. South Africa and Zimbabwe are winnable games. If we get Brazil from Pot 1, we cannot get Colombia as well.
So a good draw for France would be: Brazil, France, New Zealand, Zimbabwe
And a tough one : USA, France, China, Colombia
Let’s see if we can get lucky next week when the draw is made in Rio.