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Qualifying for the UEFA Women’s EURO is underway with a record 47 teams competing for 15 places alongside England, host of the final, from July 6 to 31, 2022.
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How the qualification works

  • the group winners and the three finalists with the best record against the first, third, fourth and fifth teams in their sections will join the hosts England in the final tournament.
  • the six other finalists will play in April for the three remaining places in the 16-team finals.

Inventory

  • Qualified: Denmark, England (host), France, Germany, Netherlands (starters), Norway, Sweden
  • Confirmed in the top two of the group: Austria, Belgium, Iceland, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland
  • Also eligible: Belarus, Czech Republic, Finland, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Ukraine, Wales

group A

Netherlands (27 points, qualified), Russia (21), Slovenia (12), Kosovo (10), Turkey (5), Estonia (1)

Tuesday: Turkey vs Russia, Slovenia vs Estonia, Netherlands vs Kosovo
to be confirmed: Estonia vs Slovenia

  • Netherlands, with nine wins out of nine, qualified as group winners.
  • Russia will finish second.

The Netherlands celebrate their qualification

The Netherlands celebrate their qualificationGetty Images

Group B

Denmark (27, qualified), Italy (21), Bosnia and Herzegovina (15), Israel (7), Malta (7), Georgia (0)

Tuesday: Denmark vs Italy, Georgia vs Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel vs Malta
to be confirmed: Italy vs Israel

  • Denmark won 3-1 last month in Italy, which had not lost at home for five years, to secure at worst a qualification as one of the top three finalists.
  • Italy are guaranteed at least one play-off; they will qualify with wins in the remaining two games. Italy can still dominate the group with a victory in Denmark on December 1 with a three-goal margin (or any two-goal victory other than 2-0 or 3-1).

Group C

Norway (18, qualified), Northern Ireland (11), Wales (11), Belarus (6), Faroe Islands (0)

Tuesday: Northern Ireland vs Faroe Islands, Wales vs Belarus
to be confirmed: Norway vs Belarus
Canceled: Norway vs Faroe Islands

  • Norway, still losing a point, qualified as group winners.
  • North Ireland beat Belarus 3-2 on Friday and led Wales with head-to-head away goals. They will seal a play-off if they beat the Faroe Islands on Tuesday.
  • Wales will reach the play-offs if they collect more points than Northern Ireland on Tuesday.
  • Belarus must win their last matches and hope that Northern Ireland lose to the Faroe Islands.

Spaiin took victory over Moldova on Friday and is one point away from the final

Spaiin took victory over Moldova on Friday and is one point away from the finalGetty Images

Group D

Spain (16), Poland (14), Czech Republic (13), Moldova (3), Azerbaijan (0)

Tuesday: Spain vs Poland, Czech Republic vs Moldova
to be confirmed: Azerbaijan vs Spain, Azerbaijan vs Moldova

  • Spain beat Moldova 10-0 on Friday to secure a top-two spot and will advance if they avoid defeat to Poland on Tuesday.
  • Poland must beat Spain to remain in contention to win the group, a result that would ensure a top-two finish. They will certainly finish second if they draw and the Czech Republic don’t win, or if the Czech Republic lose.
  • Czech republic will finish second if they collect more points against Moldova than Poland against Spain (the Czechs need a victory to still have a chance to be the best finalist in the state).

Group E

Finland (13), Portugal (13), Scotland (9), Albania (6), Cyprus (0)

Tuesday: Portugal vs Albania, Scotland vs Finland
to be confirmed: Finland vs Portugal, Cyprus vs Scotland, Cyprus vs Finland, Scotland vs Portugal

  • Finland finished Scotlandperfect start with a 1-0 victory in October.
  • Portugal then beat Scotland by the same score on Friday to move closer to Finland.

Sweden's Magdalena Eriksson takes advantage of her goal against Hungary

Sweden’s Magdalena Eriksson takes advantage of her goal against HungaryTT News Agency / AFP via Getty Images

Group F

Sweden (19, qualified), Iceland (16), Slovakia (10), Hungary (7), Latvia (0)

Tuesday: Slovakia vs Sweden, Hungary vs Iceland

  • Sweden qualified as group winners after an away draw and home win against Iceland.
  • Iceland sealed second place on Thursday with a 3-1 away victory that ended the hopes of the Slovakian opponent.

Group G

France (19), Austria (16), Serbia (12), North Macedonia (6), Kazakhstan (0)

Tuesday: Austria vs Serbia, France vs Kazakhstan

  • France beat Austria 3-0 on Friday to qualify as the group winner.
  • Austria will finish second (their first game with Les Bleues in October ended 0-0, the first time the French had lost points in a qualifying group for the UEFA Women’s EURO or the Women’s World Cup in FIFA since June 16, 2007, a series of 46 victories).

Marie-Antoinette Kaoto (right) celebrates with Grace Geyoro after scoring in France's decisive victory over Austria

Marie-Antoinette Kaoto (right) celebrates with Grace Geyoro after scoring in France’s decisive victory over AustriaSport Icon via Getty Images

Group H

Switzerland (19), Belgium (18), Romania (9), Croatia (7), Lithuania (0)

Tuesday: Belgium vs Switzerland, Croatia vs Romania

  • Suisse and Belgium are confirmed as the first two.
  • Belgium are due to win the home group decider against Switzerland on Tuesday to finish first.

Group I

Germany (21, qualified), Republic of Ireland (13), Ukraine (12), Greece (7), Montenegro (0)

Tuesday: Republic of Ireland vs Germany, Ukraine vs Montenegro

  • Germany, still to lose a point, have qualified as group winners.
  • Ireland will seal second place if they beat Germany, if both games are drawn or if Ukraine lose.
  • Ukraine will finish second if they collect more points against Montenegro than Ireland do against Germany.

Women's EURO 2017: Watch the 68 goals now!

Women’s EURO 2017: Watch the 68 goals now!

Calendar

Remaining scheduled qualifying matches: December 1, 2020, February 2021
Draw of the dams: to confirm
Barrages: Avril 2021
Final draw: to be confirmed, England
Finals: 6–31 July 2022, England

The truth

  • The Netherlands are defending champions and reached their first Women’s World Cup final in 2019.

The Netherlands have the right to wear the champions badge

The Netherlands have the right to wear the champions badge© Getty Images

  • World Cup semi-finalists Sweden and England (like Great Britain) will join the Netherlands in the Olympic tournament in Japan in 2021.
  • France, Germany, Italy and Norway reached the final quarter-finals of the World Cup, Spain came out in the last 16 and Scotland, in their debut, fell in the group stage .
  • Denmark were finalists at EURO 2017, while Austria and England also made the semi-finals.
  • Germany won every EURO from 1995 to 2017, when they succumbed to Denmark in the last eight, a streak of six consecutive tournament wins.
  • Germany have won eight titles and Norway two, while Sweden and the Netherlands have one each.
  • Cyprus are making their debut in senior competition while Kosovo also take part in their first Women’s EURO.
  • France and Austria were in the same group at the 2017 UEFA Women’s EURO and both were successful.
  • Finnish coach Anna Signeul was in charge of Scotland when they made their final debut in 2017.
  • Norway qualified ahead of Wales for the 2017 final.
  • Portugal propelled Finland to the 2017 play-offs en route to a first final. Switzerland beat Belgium on away goals in the 2019 Women’s World Cup play-offs before losing to the Netherlands.

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