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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.

13:30CET, 25 April 2017, Nyon

The draw
Group 1:
 England*, Russia*, Wales, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan
Group 2: Switzerland*, Scotland*, Poland, Belarus, Albania
Group 3: Norway*, Netherlands*, Republic of Ireland, Slovakia, Northern Ireland
Group 4: Sweden*, Denmark*, Ukraine, Hungary, Croatia
Group 5: Germany*, Iceland*, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Faroe Islands
Group 6: Italy*, Belgium*, Romania, Portugal*, Moldova
Group 7: Spain*, Austria*, Finland, Serbia, Israel

*Competing at UEFA Women's EURO 2017

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Draw procedure
• The 35 entrants consist of 30 nations given a bye to this round and the five preliminary round qualifiers.
Seven groups were be formed of five teams apiece.
• Each side was placed in one of five seeding pots depending on their coefficient ranking.
• A ball was first drawn from Pot E to determine the team in the fifth position of Group 1. Then a second ball was drawn from Pot E to decide the team in the fifth position of Group 2. A third ball was then drawn from Pot E to define the team in the fifth position of Group 3. The same procedure was repeated until the fifth position in Group 7 was filled.
• Then, the seven sides in Pot D were drawn into the fourth position of each group, starting with Group 1 and ending with Group 7 (in numerical order).
• The same procedure applied to Pots C to A, taking into consideration the respective positions within the respective groups.
• Based on a decision taken by the UEFA Executive Committee, Russia and Ukraine were not allowed to be drawn in the same group.
• Matches will be played home and away from 11 September 2017 to 4 September 2018.

Seedings
Pot A:
Germany*, England*, Norway*, Sweden*, Spain*, Switzerland*, Italy*

Pot B: Netherlands*, Iceland*, Scotland*, Denmark*, Austria*, Belgium*, Russia*

Pot C: Finland, Ukraine, Wales, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Republic of Ireland

Pot D: Portugal*, Serbia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovia, Belarus, Slovakia, Slovenia

Pot E: Northern Ireland, Croatia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Albania, Faroe Islands, Moldova

*Competing at UEFA Women's EURO 2017

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

• The four runners-up with the best records against the sides first, third and fourth in their groups will advance 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.

Road to France
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+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.