SCOTLAND will kick-off preparations for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in style this November, with Shelley Kerr’s side set to welcome world champions USA to Paisley.

The fixture, on November 13, will see the best team in the world make their first visit to Scotland, with kick-off at the Simple Digital Arena at 7.15pm.

It will be an opportunity for supporters to celebrate the achievement of Kerr’s side after they secured an historic first-ever qualification for the game’s biggest tournament next year.

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In recent years Paisley has been a happy hunting ground for Scotland Women as it was where a record crowd of 4098 roared them on to a crucial victory over Switzerland in August.

The USA are the most successful team in women’s World Cup history, having claimed the 1991 and 1999 titles in addition to their triumph in 2015.

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The US are the current world champions, pictured here with former US President, Barack Obama. 

November’s fixture will mark the first meeting of the two sides since 2013.

Scotland head coach Kerr admitted her excitement at the prospect of the encounter.

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She said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming the USA to Scotland this November.

“It represents a real opportunity for our players to test themselves against the best in the world as we prepare for our first FIFA Women’s World Cup next summer.

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Shelley Kerr was formerly the head coach of the Stirling University men's team

“We’re also delighted to be returning to Paisley for the fixture. Our match against Switzerland was one of the greatest occasions I have been involved in during my career – the support from the crowd was tremendous, and I’m looking forward to getting back there and hearing it once again.”