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Women's World Cup qualifying group stage draw

The qualifying group stage will decide seven automatic qualifiers for the finals in France plus four play-off hopefuls who will compete for the remaining European berth.

Women's World Cup qualifying group stage draw

The qualifying group stage will decide seven automatic qualifiers for the finals in France plus four play-off hopefuls who will compete for the remaining European berth.

25 April 2017, Nyon

The 30 highest qualifying entrants in the UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Rankings are joined in the draw by the five teams who survive the preliminary round.

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Automatic entrants in coefficient order
Germany*
England*
Norway*
Sweden*
Spain*
Switzerland*
Italy*
Netherlands*
Iceland*
Scotland*
Denmark*
Austria*
Belgium*
Russia*
Finland
Ukraine
Wales
Romania
Poland
Czech Republic
Republic of Ireland
Portugal*
Serbia
Hungary
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Belarus
Slovakia
Slovenia
Northern Ireland
Croatia
(five teams tbc from preliminary round)

*Competing at UEFA Women's EURO 2017 along with France

• The 35 teams will be drawn into seven groups of five, who will play home and away between September 2017 and September 2018. Other details, including seeding arrangements, will be confirmed ahead of the draw.

• The seven group winners will qualify to join France in the finals.

• The four runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third and fourth in their groups will progress to the play-offs, which will consist of two rounds of two-legged knockout ties in October and November 2018 to decide Europe's last qualifier.

Match dates
11–19 September 2017
16–24 October 2017
20–28 November 2017
15–23 January 2018
26 February–6 March 2018
2–10 April 2018
4–12 June 2018
27 August–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+qualifying+group+stage+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 the summer of 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.