06/04/2012 10:20 EDT | Updated 08/04/2012 05:12 EDT

Canada drawn with 2008 runner-up North Korea for Under-20 Women's World Cup

TOKYO - Canada has been drawn into a group with North Korea, Norway and Argentina for the Under-20 Women's World Cup.

Canada will open the tournament on Aug. 20 against Argentina, then will face Norway three days later. Its toughest match is expected to be on Aug. 27 against North Korea, the runner-up from 2008.

"We are fairly familiar with our opponents based on research, but have no experience of playing against them," Canadian coach Andrew Olivieri said on "Our toughest opponent should be Korea DPR."

Host Japan has been drawn alongside Mexico, Switzerland, and New Zealand.

Japan will play its opening Group A match against Mexico on Aug. 19 and faces New Zealand three days later at Sendai's Miyagi Stadium in a show of support for the victims of last year's earthquake and tsunami.

The United States was pitted against defending champion Germany, China and Ghana in Group D.

Brazil was drawn in Group B with South Korea, Italy, and Nigeria while

The Aug. 19-Sept. 8 tournament is the first FIFA-sanctioned women's competition to be held in Japan.