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France Qualifies for Women's World Cup

ST-ETIENNE, France (Saturday, November 16, 2002) - France beat England 1-0 in St. Etienne on Saturday behind a second-half goal scored by the French captain Corinne Diacre to become the eighth of 16 teams to qualify for the 2003 Women's World Cup in China next year.  France had earlier grabbed a precious first-leg victory in London on Oct. 17, 2002, winning 1-0 on a goal from Marinette Pichon, the MVP of the WUSA last season for the Philadelphia Charge.

France 1, England 0
Saturday, November, 16, 2002
Location: Stade Geoffroy Guichard, St-Etienne, France
Attendance: 23,680
Scoring:  Corinne Diacre (54 min)

The fourth FIFA Women's World Cup will run from Sept. 24-Oct. 11, 2003, with 32 matches being played in the five host cities of Shanghai, Hongkou, Hangzhou, Wuhan and Chengdu. The FIFA Women's World Cup draw will take place in Wuhan on May 24, 2003, and the U.S. is guaranteed a seeded position in one of the four groups as the tournament's defending champion.  The breakdown of qualified teams appears below:

Updated Qualifiers
Africa (0 of 2):  The final African Women's World Cup Qualifying Tournament will take place in
Nigeria from Dec. 7-24, 2002.
Asia (1 of 3.5):  China (host); dates/venues of qualifying tournament yet to be finalized.
CONCACAF (2 of 2.5):  Canada, United States; Mexico will play the third place finisher in Asia
qualifying for a berth in China.
Europe (5 of 5):  France, Germany, Norway, Russia and Sweden
Oceania (0 of 1):  Approximately 10 teams will compete in the OFC Women's World Cup
Qualifying Tournament in Australia in April of 2003.
South America (0 of 2): 10 teams will compete for two spots in South American qualifying in
Peru in January or February of 2003.