Draw announced for women's under-20 World Cup

Draw announced for women's under-20 World Cup

Published Jun. 4, 2012 8:30 a.m. ET

The United States has been drawn alongside defending champion Germany, China and Ghana in Group D for the Under-20 Women's World Cup.

Host Japan will play its opening Group A match against Mexico on Aug. 19 and faces New Zealand three days later at Sendai's Miyagi Stadium in a show of support for the victims of last year's earthquake and tsunami. It also will play Switzerland in the draw announced Monday.

Brazil was drawn into Group B with South Korea, Italy, and Nigeria, while Group C includes North Korea, Canada, Norway and Argentina.

The Aug. 19-Sept. 8 tournament is the first FIFA-sanctioned women's competition to be held in Japan.