Scotland drawn against Sweden in Women's World Cup qualifying

Scotland ladies team
Scotland will take on Sweden in World Cup qualifying.SNS Group

Scotland have been drawn against Sweden in the qualifying stage for the 2015 Women’s World Cup.

Anna Signeul's side will also face Poland, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Faroe Islands as they try to qualify for the championships in Canada.

The draw will have added significance for Signeul, who will face her home country. Scotland are ranked 21st in the FIFA rankings, ten places ahead of Poland, with the Northern Irish 35th while Bosnia are in 82nd place.

Signeul said: “The Sweden link stands out, but this is a very interesting group, full of teams that we have never faced in a qualifying campaign.

“We were glad to avoid the likes of France from Pot A, but make no mistake, Sweden are a very, very good team.

“It will be interesting for myself and Ann-Helen to face our home nation, but more than anything it will be fantastic for the players.

“It’s always a positive overall experience to play in a country where women’s football is one of the most popular sports, where the profile is high and you can expect to play in front of a big crowd.

“Poland are an up and coming team with quick, skilful players and Northern Ireland are another developing nation who we can expect to give us two tough matches. Bosnia and the Faroe Islands will be a completely new experience for us.

“We are very much looking forward to getting this qualifying campaign underway.”

Matches will be played from 20/21 September 2013 to 17 September 2014 on a home-and-away basis. The seven group winners qualify for the finals.

The four runners-ups with the best record against the sides first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups go into the play-offs for the remaining UEFA berth in Canada.

The Scots secured a 2-1 win over Wales last week in European Championships qualifers and sit in second behind France in Group Four.

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