US women plan 10-city tour in advance of World Cup in France

CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. women's soccer team has finalized plans for a 10-game "Countdown to the Cup" tour in advance of next year's World Cup.

The team will visit Europe to start the new year, playing France and Spain, before playing eight matches in the United States. The games will serve as preparation for the World Cup in France.

The top-ranked Americans are the defending World Cup champions.

Opponents on the tour will include Japan, England, Brazil, Australia, Belgium and South Africa, which has made the World Cup field for the first time.

The U.S. will learn its opponents for the group stage of the World Cup on Saturday when the draw is held in Paris.

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