How Women's EURO qualifying stands

Several more of the 16 finals spots will be decided between Thursday and Tuesday: see who can join the six already qualified teams.

Italy prepare for their crucial trip to Denmark
Italy prepare for their crucial trip to Denmark Getty Images

UEFA Women's EURO qualifying is in progress with a record 47 teams competing for 15 places alongside hosts England in the finals from 6 to 31 July 2022.

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How qualifying works

  • The group winners and the three runners-up with the best record against the sides first, third, fourth and fifth in their sections will join hosts England in the final tournament.
  • The other six runners-up will play off in April for the remaining three berths in the 16-team finals.

State of play

  • Qualified: Denmark, England (hosts), Germany, Netherlands (holders), Norway, Sweden
  • Confirmed in top two of group: Austria, Belgium, France, Iceland, Italy, Russia, Switzerland
  • Can also still qualify: Belarus, Finland, Northern Ireland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Scotland,, Ukraine, Wales

Group A

Netherlands (27 points, qualified), Russia (18), Slovenia (12), Kosovo (10), Turkey (2), Estonia (1)

Friday: Estonia vs Turkey, Russia vs Kosovo
Tuesday: Turkey vs Russia, Slovenia vs Estonia, Netherlands vs Kosovo
tbc: Estonia vs Slovenia

  • Netherlands, with nine wins out of nine, have qualified as group winners
  • Russia will finish second
Netherlands celebrate their qualification
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
tbc: Italy vs Israel

  • Denmark won 3-1 last month in Italy, who had not lost at home in five years, to ensure qualification at worst as one of the three best runners-up
  • Italy are assured of at least a play-off; they will qualify with wins in both remaining games. Italy can still top the group with a win in Denmark on 1 December by a three-goal margin (or any two-goal victory other than 2-0 or 3-1)

Group C

Norway (18, qualified), Wales (11), Northern Ireland (8), Belarus (6), Faroe Islands (0)

Friday: Northern Ireland vs Belarus
Tuesday: Northern Ireland vs Faroe Islands, Wales vs Belarus
tbc: Norway vs Belarus
Cancelled: Norway vs Faroe Islands

  • Norway, yet to drop a point, have qualified as group winners
  • Northern Ireland will clinch a play-off if they beat Belarus and Faroe Islands
  • Wales will reach the play-offs if they beat Belarus and Northern Ireland drop points in either of their games
  • Belarus will finish second if they beat Northern Ireland and Wales (and at the moment could still mathematically end up a best runner-up by also beating Norway)
Spain secured a crucial win against Czech Republic
Spain secured a crucial win against Czech RepublicIcon Sport via Getty Images

Group D

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

Friday: Spain vs Moldova
Tuesday: Spain vs Poland, Czech Republic vs Moldova
tbc: Azerbaijan vs Spain, Azerbaijan vs Moldova

  • Spain will qualify if they beat Poland – or will only need a draw if they have beaten Moldova (a result that would seal a top-two finish)
  • Poland will clinch at least second place with a win against Spain
  • Czech Republic will finish second if they pick up more points against Moldova than Poland manage against Spain (the Czechs need a win to still have a chance of being a best runner-up as it stands)

Group E

Finland (13), Portugal (10), Scotland (9), Albania (3), Cyprus (0)

Friday: Portugal vs Scotland, Albania vs Cyprus
Tuesday: Portugal vs Albania, Scotland vs Finland
tbc: Finland vs Portugal, Cyprus vs Scotland, Cyprus vs Finland, Scotland vs Portugal

  • Finland ended Scotland's perfect start with a 1-0 win in October; Scotland and Portugal have a game in hand on the leaders
  • If Portugal and Finland both beat Scotland, they will be confirmed as the top two
Sweden's Magdalena Eriksson enjoys her goal against Hungary
Sweden's Magdalena Eriksson enjoys 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 have qualified as group winners after an away draw and home win against Iceland
  • Iceland sealed second place on Thursday with a 3-1 comeback away win that ended the hopes of opponents Slovakia.

Group G

France (16), Austria (16), Serbia (12), North Macedonia (3), Kazakhstan (0)

Friday: France vs Austria, Kazakhstan vs North Macedonia
Tuesday: Austria vs Serbia, France vs Kazakhstan

  • France and Austria are confirmed as the top two
  • Whoever wins when France play Austria will qualify in first place (their first game in October ended 0-0, the first time the French had dropped points in a UEFA Women's EURO or FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying group since 16 June 2007, a run of 46 wins)
Valérie Gauvin (right) opened the scoring for France against North Macedonia
Valérie Gauvin (right) opened the scoring for France against North MacedoniaAFP via Getty Images

Group H

Switzerland (19), Belgium (18), Romania (9), Croatia (4), Lithuania (0)

Friday: Croatia vs Lithuania
Tuesday: Belgium vs Switzerland, Croatia vs Romania

  • Switzerland and Belgium are confirmed as the top two
  • Belgium must win the group decider at home to Switzerland on 1 December to end up first.

Group I

Germany (18, qualified), Republic of Ireland (13), Ukraine (12), Greece (7), Montenegro (0)

Friday: Germany vs Greece
Tuesday: Republic of Ireland vs Germany, Ukraine vs Montenegro

  • Germany, yet to drop a point, have qualified as group winners
  • Ukraine will finish second if they pick up more points against Montenegro than Ireland do against Germany. Only a win for either side would give them even a mathematical chance of being a best runner-up
Women’s EURO 2017: Watch all 68 goals now!
Women’s EURO 2017: Watch all 68 goals now!

Calendar

Remaining scheduled qualifying games: 26 November–1 December 2020, February 2021
Play-off draw: tbc
Play-offs: April 2021
Finals draw: tbc, England
Finals: 6–31 July 2022, England

The lowdown

  • 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 (as Great Britain) will join the Netherlands at the Olympic tournament in Japan in 2021.
  • France, Germany, Italy and Norway reached the last World Cup quarter-finals, Spain went out in the last 16 and Scotland, on debut, fell in the group stage.
  • Denmark were EURO 2017 runners-up while Austria and England also made the semis.
  • Germany won every EURO from 1995 until 2017, when they succumbed to Denmark in the last eight, a run of six straight tournament victories.
  • Germany have won eight titles and Norway two, while Sweden and the Netherlands have one each.
  • Cyprus are making their senior competitive debut while Kosovo are also in their first Women's EURO.
  • France and Austria were in the same group at UEFA Women's EURO 2017 and both made it through.
  • Finland coach Anna Signeul was in charge of Scotland when they marked their finals debut in 2017.
  • Norway qualified ahead of Wales for the 2017 finals.
  • Portugal pipped Finland to the 2017 play-offs on their way to a debut finals. Switzerland beat Belgium on away goals in the 2019 Women's World Cup play-offs before losing to the Netherlands.