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Women's World Cup preliminary round draw

Forty-six teams have entered European qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France, with 16 involved in the preliminary round in April.

Women's World Cup preliminary round draw

Forty-six teams have entered European qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France, with 16 involved in the preliminary round in April.

Preliminary round draw
Group 1:
Kazakhstan, Estonia, Georgia (hosts), Latvia

Group 2: Greece, Albania (hosts), Malta, Kosovo

Group 3: Israel, Moldova, Lithuania (hosts), Andorra

Group 4: Turkey, Faroe Islands (hosts), Montenegro, Luxembourg

  • Matches 6, 8 and 11 April

13:30CET, 19 January 2017, Nyon

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Draw procedure

• France gain automatic entry to the 24-team finals and while the 30 other highest-ranked teams in the UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Rankings progress straight to the qualifying group stage, the remaining 16 entrants must play in April for the remaining five berths. Those sides include Kosovo, entering their maiden women's national-team event, and World Cup debutants Andorra.

• The 16 teams have been split into four seeding categories based on their coefficients. Each group will contain one team from each seeding category.

• Albania, the Faroe Islands, Georgia and Lithuania have been appointed as mini-tournament hosts and will be drawn from a separate pot with one in each group, while maintaining their respective seeding positions.

• The four mini-tournaments will be played on 6, 8 and 11 April, with the section winners and the runner-up with the best record against the sides first and third in their section progressing to the qualifying group stage draw on 25 April.

Pots

Pot 1 (hosts)
Albania – seeding position 2
Faroe Islands – seeding position 2
Georgia – seeding position 3
Lithuania – seeding position 3

Pot 2 (seeding position 4)
Latvia
Luxembourg
Andorra
Kosovo

Pot 3 (seeding position 3)
Malta
Montenegro

Pot 4 (seeding position 2)
Estonia
Moldova

Pot 5 (seeding position 1)
Turkey
Israel
Greece
Kazakhstan

Road to France: calendar

Preliminary round draw: 13:30CET, 19 January 2017, Nyon
Preliminary round: 6–11 April 2017
Qualifying group stage draw: 25 April 2017, Nyon
Qualifying group stage: 11 September 2017–4 September 2018
Play-off draw: tbc September 2018, Nyon
Play-off semi-finals: 1–9 October 2018
Play-off final: 5–13 November 2018
Finals draw: late 2018, France
Finals: summer 2019, France

http://www.uefa.com/womensworldcup/draws/index.html#womens+world+cup+preliminary+round+draw

Key information

Road to the final

European qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup comprises two group stages and a play-off round. France qualifying automatically as hosts.

Preliminary round
The 16 lower-ranked nations are drawn into two four-team mini-tournaments played from 6 to 11 April 2017. Each mini-tournament is staged by one of the countries and each team plays one another once with the group winners and the runner-up with the best record against the sides first and third in their section progressing.

Group stage
Those five teams join the remaining 30 entrants in seven groups of five nations drawn on 25 April 2017 and played from 11 September 2017 to 4 September 2018 on a home-and-away basis. The seven group winners qualify for the finals. The four runners-up with the best record against the sides first, third and fourth in their groups go into the play-offs for the remaining UEFA berths in France.

Play-offs
The four contenders are drawn into two ties played over two legs in October 2018. The two winners then meet in November 2018 to decide the final qualifiers.

Finals
Twenty-four teams, including France the other eight European qualifiers, will compete in the finals in from 7 June–7 July 2019. There will be six groups of four teams with the top two plus the four best third-placed teams progressing to the knockout phase.

Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, or after extra time in a match, can be found in the official competition regulations.