Banyana to learn opponents as Paris set for women’s World Cup draw

“I’m not one bit interested in drawing glamour countries,” Scotland head coach Shelley Kerr admitted to the BBC.

“I’m hoping that we get a favourable draw that gives us the best possible chance of getting out of the group.”

The ceremony at La Seine Musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt, just outside Paris, takes place on a weekend when the French capital is preoccupied with the threat of more violent “yellow vest” protests over rising living costs in the country.

France, though, successfully staged Euro 2016 despite terrorism concerns and is sure to put on a show for the women’s game as Les Bleues aim to match the achievements of the men, World Cup winners in Russia.

The last tournament in Canada was the first with 24 teams and FIFA president Gianni Infantino proudly announced recently that total prize money had doubled since then, to $30 million, including a record $4 million for the winners.

That represents a step in the right direction, but a long way short of the figures in the men’s game — France pocketed $38 million for winning in Russia.

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