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.

Victory in Montenegro ensured a top-two finish for Germany
Victory in Montenegro ensured a top-two finish for Germany 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.

State of play

  • Confirmed in top two of group: Belgium. Denmark, Germany, Italy, Switzerland

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. Russia won 3-0 in Estonia on Tuesday and are nine points behind the Netherlands with four games to play. Slovenia are level on points with Russia but have played a game more. Kosovo, who still have to face the holders twice, are three points off second place.
Denmark celebrate scoring in Malta
Denmark celebrate scoring in MaltaDomenic Aquilina

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

  • Denmark's 8-0 victory in Malta and Italy's 5-0 win in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday mean the leading pair, yet to drop a point after seven games each, are confirmed in the top two of the group. Italy host Denmark in Empoli on 26 October with the Viborg return ending the group on 1 December.

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

  • Norway, also still perfect, beat Wales 1-0 on Tuesday to move eight points clear of their visitors with three games left; they will qualify with a win against Belarus in Oslo on 21 October. Belarus won 2-0 in the Faroe Islands and are only two points behind Wales, with a game in hand. A further point adrift are Northern Ireland, who have played all their games against Norway and Wales but are still to meet Belarus twice.
Norway opened up an eight-point lead over Wales with victory in Oslo
Norway opened up an eight-point lead over Wales with victory in OsloGetty Images

Group D: Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, 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. In the return, the Czech Republic won 2-0 in Poland on Tuesday to go level with Spain, who have a game in hand on both their main challengers. Moldova got their first points in November with a 3-1 defeat of Azerbaijan courtesy of two penalties by goalkeeper Natalia Munteanu.

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 in March 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. There were no September games in the group.
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

  • Iceland came from behind to draw 1-1 with Sweden on Tuesday, the first points dropped by either team; the return is on 27 October. Hungary beat Latvia 4-0 and are five points behind, but with two games left to the leading pair's three. Slovakia are three points further back but have four matches remaining.

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

  • Austria have five wins out of five after Tuesday's 5-0 win in Kazakhstan. France made it four out of four after following the 2-0 Friday victory in Serbia with a 7-0 success in North Macedonia. Eugénie Le Sommer's two early goals moved her ahead of Marinette Pichon as France's all-time leading scorer on 82. Neither Austria nor France have conceded a goal though Serbia, six points behind with a game against each of the top two left to play, are still not out of contention. Austria host France on 26 October.
Eugénie Le Sommer scores her record-breaking 82nd France goal
Eugénie Le Sommer scores her record-breaking 82nd France goalIgor Panevski

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

  • Switzerland beat Belgium 2-1 on Tuesday to end their visitors' perfect record, move a point ahead at the summit, and ensure a top-two finish. Belgium had already booked at least a play-off as they beat Romania 6-1 on Friday, when Switzerland dropped points for the first time by drawing 1-1 in Croatia. Top spot looks likely to be decided when Belgium host Switzerland on 30 November though it could be set on 26 October if Nils Nielsen's team win in Romania and the Red Flames lose in Lithuania.

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

  • Germany won 3-0 on Saturday against the previously unbeaten Republic of Ireland and followed that up with Tuesday's 3-0 victory in Montenegro to move to 18 points from six games and seal a top-two finish. Ireland are five points behind with two games left, including the 30 November visit of Germany, who could already have qualified with defeat of Greece four days earlier or if Vera Pauw's side do not win in Ukraine on 22 October. Ukraine beat Montenegro and Greece 4-0 in September to get off the mark and move within seven points of Ireland, with a game in hand.
Women’s EURO 2017: Watch all 68 goals now!
Women’s EURO 2017: Watch all 68 goals now!

Calendar

Remaining scheduled qualifying games: 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.