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USWNT to play New Zealand, France and Colombia at Olympics

Photo by Eric Hartline/USA Today
Photo by Eric Hartline/USA Today

The groups for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are set, and the U.S. Women’s National Team’s road to a repeat features familiar foes.

Jill Ellis’ side will face off against New Zealand, France and Colombia, who the U.S. just beat twice, in Group G. The USWNT will begin its repeat run at the gold medal with a match against New Zealand in Belo Horizonte on Aug. 3. The Americans will then play France in the same city three days later before heading to the Amazonia Arena in Manaus, where they will play Colombia.

The USWNT won the 2015 World Cup in Canada, and the Americans have started 2016 off extremely well. With an 11-0-0 record on the year, the USWNT has scored 42 goals and only conceded one. The U.S. has played and defeated France and Colombia already this year.

Here’s a closer look at the women’s and men’s groups for the 2016 Olympics:



Brazil, China, Sweden, South Africa


Canada, Australia, Zimbabwe, Germany


USA, New Zealand, France, Colombia



Brazil, South Africa, Iraq, Denmark


Sweden, Colombia, Nigeria, Japan


Fiji, Korea Republic, Mexico, Germany


Honduras, Algeria, Portugal, Argentina

What do you think of the USWNT’s group? Who do you see winning the women’s and men’s competitions?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. The USWNT got the 2nd toughest group. It will be the US & France, with New Zealand most likely
    being in at 3rd. Group F is the Group of Death, although 3 out of 4 will advance from 2 of the 3 groups. Germany and Canada are the strongest, although Australia has enough fire-power to pull an upset or 2. In Group E, which should end-up being VERY low-scoring, Sweden & Brazil will battle it out for the group-winner. The U S will need to beat NZ in their opener to punch their ticket
    to round 2. If the U.S. is at full-strength, an NZ win would be as BIG an upset as COL beating
    France in the WC.

  2. women’s side: all good, even groups. if anything we got one of the easier groups but France and Colombia are nothing to look over.
    men’s side: honduras is going to get worked.. thanks for saving us the embarrassment – now watch them pull off another great olympics and embarrass the me/USMNT even more.


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