Canadian women draw World Cup champs

Canada's Christine Sinclair (right) and Brittany Timko celebrate Sinclair's goal during CONCACAF...

Canada's Christine Sinclair (right) and Brittany Timko celebrate Sinclair's goal during CONCACAF Women's Olympic qualifying soccer in Vancouver last January. (Ben Nelms/Reuters/Files)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:38 PM ET

The Canadian women's soccer team will have a tough opener at the London Olympics in late July.

The women open their Olympic schedule July 25 against defending Women's World Cup champions Japan, before facing South Africa and Sweden in the preliminary round.

In Canada's only other Olympic appearance, the women placed eighth at the 2008 Beijing Games, with a record of one win, one draw and two losses.

Meanwhile, the U.S. will face political foe North Korea, along with France and Colombia. Host Great Britain are grouped with New Zealand, Cameroon and Brazil.


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