Having recorded their best World Cup finish of third in 2015, Phil Neville's England may find it challenging to repeat that feat after being drawn with Scotland, Argentina and Japan, who knocked the Lionesses out at the semifinal stage in Canada, in Group D.
That looks the toughest group, bringing a wry smile from draw conductor and former England defender Alex Scott alongside former Manchester United and France striker Louis Saha in Paris' Seine Musical venue.
World No. 1 and defending champions US will launch its bid for a fourth title from a group with Sweden, Thailand and Chile.
"If I told my players that we're only going to France to win the bronze medal they would say I'm the wrong manager because my players are ambitious and they want to be challenged".
Australia were among the top seeds but Alen Stajcic's side must face Brazil and Italy as well as Jamaica in Group C. But with Cameroon, New Zealand and reigning European champs the Netherlands, they will face a dicier lineup of adversaries in Group E.
Phil Neville's England will join World Cup holders and three-time winners the United States, hosts France plus Germany, Canada and Australia in Pot 1.
Corinne Diacre's side will play South Korea in Paris in the opening game on June 7, while the final of the 24-team competition will be held in Lyon on July 7 next year.