How Women's EURO qualifying stands

Several finals and play-off spots will be decided on Tuesday: see how the groups stand and who needs what result.

Belgium's game with Switzerland will decide if they qualify direct or face a possible play-off
Belgium's game with Switzerland will decide if they qualify direct or face a possible play-off BELGA MAG/AFP via 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), France, Germany, Netherlands (holders), Norway, Sweden
  • Confirmed in top two of group: Austria, Belgium, Iceland, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland
  • Can also still qualify: Belarus, Czech Republic, Finland, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Ukraine, Wales

Group A

Netherlands (27 points, qualified), Russia (21), Slovenia (12), Kosovo (10), Turkey (5), Estonia (1)

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), Northern Ireland (11), Wales (11), Belarus (6), Faroe Islands (0)

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 beat Belarus 3-2 on Friday and lead Wales on head-to-head away goals. They will seal a play-off if they beat the Faroe Islands on Tuesday.
  • Wales will reach the play-offs if they pick up more points than Northern Ireland on Tuesday.
  • Belarus must win their remaining games and hope Northern Ireland lose to the Faroes.
Spaiin cruised to victory against Moldova on Friday and are a point away from the finals
Spaiin cruised to victory against Moldova on Friday and are a point away from the finalsGetty Images

Group D

Spain (16), Poland (14), Czech Republic (13), Moldova (3), Azerbaijan (0)

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

  • Spain beat Moldova 10-0 on Friday to ensure a top-two finish and will qualify if they avoid defeat by Poland or beat Azerbaijan.
  • Poland must beat Spain to stay in contention to win the group, a result that would ensure a top-two finish. They will definitely finish second if they draw and the Czech Republic do not win, or if the Czech Republic lose.
  • 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 (13), Scotland (9), Albania (6), Cyprus (0)

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.
  • Portugal then beat Scotland by the same score on Friday to move level with Finland.
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 (19), Austria (16), Serbia (12), North Macedonia (6), Kazakhstan (0)

Tuesday: Austria vs Serbia, France vs Kazakhstan

  • France beat Austria 3-0 on Friday to qualify as group winners.
  • Austria will finish second (their first game with Les Bleues 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).
Marie-Antoinette Kaoto (right) celebrates with Grace Geyoro after scoring in France's decisive win against Austria
Marie-Antoinette Kaoto (right) celebrates with Grace Geyoro after scoring in France's decisive win against AustriaIcon Sport via Getty Images

Group H

Switzerland (19), Belgium (18), Romania (9), Croatia (7), Lithuania (0)

Tuesday: Belgium vs Switzerland
tbc: Croatia vs Romania

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

Group I

Germany (21, qualified), Republic of Ireland (13), Ukraine (12), Greece (7), Montenegro (0)

Tuesday: Republic of Ireland vs Germany, Ukraine vs Montenegro

  • Germany, yet to drop a point, have qualified as group winners.
  • Ireland will seal second place if they beat Germany, if both games are drawn, or if Ukraine lose.
  • Ukraine will finish second if they pick up more points against Montenegro than Ireland do against Germany.
Women’s EURO 2017: Watch all 68 goals now!
Women’s EURO 2017: Watch all 68 goals now!

Calendar

Remaining scheduled qualifying games: 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.