Dates set for decisive ties

The dates are now known for the three 2003/05 UEFA European Women's Championship play-offs.

Finland hope
Russia will meet a Finland side aiming to qualify for the first time having been defeated in the play-offs four years ago. The Finns, third in Group 1, welcome Russia to Pietarsaari on Saturday, with the Group 3 runners-up staging the return four days later.

Norway encounter
The other ties will be played in November, the first being the fixture between Iceland and Norway. The Norwegians, twice European champions, will visit Iceland on 10 November, with Oslo hosting the second leg three days later.

Final berth
On the same day that game finishes, the Czech Republic will travel to Italy for the first leg of their tie. The Italians, who have never failed to reach the final stages, then make the opposite journey on 27 November. That will decide the eighth berth in England next summer alongside the two other play-off winners, the hosts, and the four group victors - Sweden, Denmark, France and Germany.

UEFA European Women's Championship play-off dates
First named team at home in first leg
Finland v Russia
first leg 16 October, second leg 20 October
Iceland v Norway
first leg 10 November, second leg 13 November
Italy v Czech Republic
first leg 13 November, second leg 27 November

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