Wednesday’s Olympic soccer draw will reply quite a lot of questions for Canada coach Bev Priestman, permitting her to finalize plans on and off the pitch.
First, the 34-year-old will be taught whom eighth-ranked Canada will face within the group stage on the Tokyo Video games — though the FIFA draw procedures have already supplied a touch of that — and begin planning methods to beat them.
“Positively scouting will kick in. And that is while you begin to get excited as a technical coach,” Priestman mentioned Monday from Vancouver.
However Priestman and her workers can even be capable of plan the workforce’s arrival in Japan, primarily based off its match schedule, and map out Canada’s remaining warmup video games to organize for his or her Olympic opponents.
“Each nation that we have been involved with are all ready on this second, on the draw,” she mentioned. “That is mainly what we’re ready for, earlier than we are able to kick into motion actually.”
“There’s been quite a lot of query marks which have prevented us with the ability to plan,” she added. “However on the similar time, I believe 2020, 2021, has made us a lot better at that.”
The draw is about for early Wednesday morning at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.
Pot 1 accommodates host Japan (ranked No. 11), the U.S. (No. 1), and the Netherlands (No. 3) whereas Pot 2 is made up of Sweden (No. 5), Britain (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Eire are ranked individually by FIFA) and Brazil (No. 7).
Canada is in Pot 3 together with Australia (No. 9) and China (No. 14). Pot 4 consists of New Zealand (No. 22), Chile (No. 37) and Zambia (No. 104).
Avoiding U.S. in group play seemingly
FIFA says the “normal precept” for the match draw is to make sure that no group has a couple of workforce from the identical confederation.
Making use of that, Canada ought to find yourself in a gaggle with host Japan, both Sweden or Britain and considered one of New Zealand, Chile and Zambia.
Primarily based on FIFA’s draw procedures, Canada ought to keep away from the CONCACAF rival Individuals to begin. And with Australia and China being in the identical Asian confederation as Japan, the Canadians ought to find yourself in a pool with the host nation as the one Pot 3 nation that matches.
Priestman additionally sees it that method.
“That is my interpretation of it, sure, however I believe FIFA have not dedicated to it is as black and white as that,” she mentioned.
Requested if that interpretation was right, FIFA referred a reporter to the draw procedures, including “we is not going to speculate on the attracts.”
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Britain certified by way of England’s efficiency on the 2019 Ladies’s World Cup — the three best-placed European groups earned Olympic berths — so was allotted to a pot primarily based on England’s place (No. 6) within the rankings.
Sweden knocked the Canadians out of the 2019 World Cup in France within the spherical of 16. Canada beat Britain 2-0 within the quarter-finals of the 2012 Video games in London, the place Canada gained bronze — because it did 4 years later in Rio.
Getting Japan, the lowest-ranked workforce in Pot 1, isn’t any assure of success given Canada is 4-7-3 in opposition to the Japanese, dropping 4-0 final trip in October 2019.
2016 Olympic bronze
However Priestman has latest scouting intel on the Japanese, given the Asian aspect was slated to participate in February’s SheBelieves Cup earlier than pulling out attributable to pandemic-related journey points.
And Canada has expertise dealing with the host nation from the 2016 Video games in Brazil.
Canada (ranked tenth on the time) was drawn in a gaggle with Germany (No. 2), Australia (No. 5) and Zimbabwe (No. 95) on the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The Canadian ladies upset Germany to prime the group with three wins. They defeated France 1-0 within the quarter-finals earlier than falling 2-0 to eventual champion Germany within the semifinals. Canada then downed Brazil 2-1 for the bronze.
Priestman was a part of John Herdman’s teaching workers in Rio. Herdman is now operating the Canadian males’s workforce.
The hope is they are going to be again for a June camp throughout a FIFA worldwide window, Priestman plans to assemble her gamers once more some 10 days later for a pre-Olympic camp.
“There’s a couple of type of jigsaw items that I believe by the tip of this week we’ll be capable of put these in place after which know precisely the place our pre- [Olympic] camp will probably be.”
The Olympic soccer match runs July 21 to Aug. 7 in Tokyo, Sapporo, Miyagi, Kashima, Saitama and Yokohama.
On a private notice, Priestman has been reunited with spouse Emma Humphries and their son Jack with the household now settled in Vancouver and the transfer from England, the place Priestman had been working with the Lionesses previous to taking the Canada job final fall, full.
Additionally Wednesday, the 16 males’s sides in Tokyo will probably be drawn into 4 teams of 4.
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