A record 47 teams have entered UEFA Women's EURO 2017 and eight will kick off the road to the Netherlands when the preliminary round draw is made on 19 January.
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A record 47 teams have entered UEFA Women's EURO 2017 and eight of them will kick off the road to the Netherlands when the preliminary round draw is made on Monday 19 January, streamed live from 13.45CET on UEFA.com.
While the Netherlands, who were selected as hosts earlier this month, are through to the expanded 16-team finals in July and August 2017, the other 46 sides will compete in qualifying throughout the next two years. The 38 nations with the highest placings in the UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Rankings will participate in the main qualifying group stage and will be joined by the winners of the two preliminary round groups to be played from 4 to 9 April 2015.
Preliminary round draw procedure
There will be two pots: the pre-selected mini-tournament hosts (Malta and Moldova) and the remaining entrants (Faroe Islands, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, Luxembourg and Andorra). Each group will contain one host and three teams from the other pot. The winners of each group will progress to the qualifying group stage.
• Andorra are entering their first women's senior tournament and their opening preliminary round group game will be their debut competitive match at any level of female football.
• Moldova are contesting their first UEFA Women's EURO but they did play in qualifying for the 2003 and 2007 FIFA Women's World Cups.
• Malta, the Faroe Islands, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia and Luxembourg were all eliminated at this stage in 2013 qualifying.
Road to the Netherlands
Qualifying group stage draw: 20 April 2015, Nyon
Qualifying group stage: 14 September 2015–20 September 2016
Play-off draw: 23 September 2016, Nyon
Play-offs: 17–25 October 2016
Finals draw: late 2016, Netherlands
Finals: July/August 2017, Netherlands