PARIS — The defending champion United States is again placed in a group with Sweden for the Women's World Cup next summer in France.
The draw for soccer's premier tournament was held Saturday at a gala event in Paris amid a backdrop of unrest in the country. There were widespread clashes between police and demonstrators protesting high taxes under French President Emmanuel Macron.
The Americans defeated Japan 5-2 — highlighted by Carli Lloyd's hat trick — in Canada at the last World Cup in 2015. The U.S. has played in every World Cup since the competition started in 1991, winning the event in 1991, 1999 and 2015Twenty-four teams were placed in six groups at the draw. The U.S. is top-ranked and is grouped with Sweden for the fifth straight World Cup.
Also in Group F are Thailand and Chile, which is making its World Cup debut.