Women's EURO qualifying: how it stands

See how the groups are unfolding and how the 15 sides to join England in the finals will be decided.

Germany celebrate taking the lead in the win against the Republic of Ireland that took them top of Group I
Germany celebrate taking the lead in the win against the Republic of Ireland that took them top of Group I 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.

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.

The latest from the groups

Group A: Netherlands (holders), Slovenia, Russia, Kosovo, Estonia, Turkey

  • The Netherlands made it seven wins out of seven on Friday as Jill Roord scored for a 1-0 win in Russia; one more victory will seal qualification with their next match at home to Estonia on 23 October. Slovenia are second, nine behind the holders after beating Turkey 3-1 but three points behinds both Russia (two, including Tuesday's trip to Estonia) and Kosovo (one) have games in hand.

Key Tuesday game: Estonia vs Russia

Denmark celebrate scoring in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Denmark celebrate scoring in Bosnia and HerzegovinaFedja Krvavac

Group B: Denmark, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Malta, Georgia

  • Denmark joined Italy on a maximum 18 points from six games after a 4-0 win in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday. Bosnia and Herzegovina are three points adrift but have played two games more. Italy would seal a top-two finish with a draw on Tuesday, as would Denmark with a win (or an Azzurre victory).

Key Tuesday games: Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Italy, Malta vs Denmark

Group C: Norway, Wales, Northern Ireland, Belarus, Faroe Islands

  • Norway have four wins out of four, and in their 6-0 November victory against Northern Ireland in front of a home qualifying record crowd of 6,709, Caroline Graham Hansen got two to take her qualifying tally to a competition-leading ten goals, one ahead of the Netherlands' Sherida Spitse. Wales (who are yet to play Norway) are four points behind while Northern Ireland moved to within three of second place by beating the Faroe Islands 6-0 away on Friday. Belarus are two points behind Northern Ireland (who they are to play twice) but have two games in hand on then, and one on Wales.

Key Tuesday game: Norway vs Wales

Group D: Spain, Poland, Czech Republic, Moldova, Azerbaijan

  • Spain's 9-0 win in Moldova on Saturday moved them two points ahead of Poland, who were held 0-0 in the Czech Republic the previous day. Poland had been the last team to open qualifying on 12 November and showed their intent in front of a record 7,528 crowd in Lublin with a 0-0 draw against a Spain side that had won their previous 22 qualifiers including their first two games in this group. The Czech Republic are a point behind Poland, who they visit on Tuesday before going to Spain on 23 October. Moldova got their first points in November with a 3-1 defeat of Azerbaijan courtesy of two penalties by goalkeeper Natalia Munteanu.

Key Tuesday game: Poland vs Czech Republic

Group E: Finland, Scotland, Portugal, Albania, Cyprus

  • Before the last game in the group of 2019, three teams were still perfect, but just one remain after Portugal drew 1-1 with Finland, who levelled in added time through Sällström. Finland have ten points from four games but Scotland have won both their matches, leaving them two points ahead of Portugal. The next games are in October.
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, Iceland, Hungary, Slovakia, Latvia

  • Sweden and Iceland, who meet on Tuesday in Reykjavik, each secured fourth perfect wins on Thursday, defeating Hungary and Latvia respectively. Hungary (who have played a game more) and Slovakia are now eight points adrift.

Key Tuesday game: Iceland vs Sweden

Group G: Austria, France, Serbia, North Macedonia, Kazakhstan

  • Austria have four wins out of four and France now have three perfect victories after their 2-0 victory in Serbia on Friday. Serbia are equal on points with France but have played three games more. Neither Austria nor France have conceded a goal.

Key Tuesday games: Kazakhstan vs Austria & North Macedonia vs France

Amel Majri celebrates putting France 2-0 up in Serbia on Friday
Amel Majri celebrates putting France 2-0 up in Serbia on FridayAFP via Getty Images

Group H: Belgium, Switzerland, Romania, Croatia, Lithuania

  • Belgium are assured of a two-top finish as they beat Romania 6-1 on Friday to move two points clear of Switzerland, whose perfect start was ended as they were held 1-1 in Croatia. Switzerland and Belgium meet on Tuesday in Thun.

Key Tuesday game: Switzerland vs Belgium

Group I: Germany, Republic of Ireland, Greece, Montenegro, Ukraine

  • Germany won 3-0 on Saturday against the previously unbeaten Republic of Ireland to move on to a perfect five victories and go two points clear of their visitors with a game in hand; victory against Montenegro on Tuesday would seal a top-two finish. Ukraine (who have faced Germany twice) got off the mark on Friday by beating Montenegro 3-1, with Greece on four points, nine behind Ireland but having played two games fewer.

Key Tuesday game: Montenegro vs Germany

Women’s EURO 2017: Watch all 68 goals now!
Women’s EURO 2017: Watch all 68 goals now!

Calendar

Remaining scheduled qualifying games: 16–22 September, 21–27 October, 26 November–1 December 2020
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 FIFA 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 2020 Olympic tournament in Japan.
  • France, Germany, Italy and Norway reached the 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 fell to Denmark in the last eight, a run of six straight 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 made 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 FIFA Women's World Cup play-offs before losing to the Netherlands.