A record 48 teams have entered UEFA Women's EURO 2021 with all but hosts England in the 21 February qualifying draw.
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The seedings have been confirmed for the UEFA Women's EURO 2021 qualifying group stage draw at 13:30CET on 21 February in Nyon.
The draw will involve all of the record 48 entrants excluding finals hosts England, with Cyprus appearing in their first senior female competition. Kosovo are also making their UEFA Women's EURO debut, while Azerbaijan enter for the first time since the 2009 edition.
- Nine groups will be formed: two with six teams, and seven with five.
- Each side is placed in one of five seeding pots (four of nine and one of 11) depending on their coefficient ranking.
- A ball will first be drawn from Pot 5 to determine the team in the sixth position of Group A. A second ball will be drawn from Pot 5 to determine the team in the sixth position of Group B. A third ball will be drawn to determine the team in the fifth position of Group A. Then a fourth ball will be drawn from Pot 5 to determine the team in the fifth position of Group B. The same procedure is repeated until the fifth position in Group I is filled.
- Then, the nine teams in Pot 4 are drawn into the fourth position of each group, starting with Group A and ending with Group I (in alphabetical order).
- The same procedure applies to Pots 3 to 1 taking into consideration the respective positions within the respective groups
- Based on the UEFA Executive Committee decisions valid at the time of the draw, Kosovo cannot be drawn with either Bosnia and Herzegovina or Serbia.
- Matches will be played home and away from 26 August 2019 to 22 September 2020.
Pot 1: France*, Germany*, Netherlands (holders)*, Spain*, Sweden*, Norway*, Switzerland, Scotland*, Italy*
Pot 2: Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Belgium, Russia, Wales, Ukraine, Finland, Czech Republic
Pot 3: Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus
Pot 4: Turkey, Slovakia, Croatia, Northern Ireland, Greece, Israel, Kazakhstan, Albania, Moldova
Pot 5: Faroe Islands, Malta, FYR Macedonia, Estonia, Montenegro, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Kosovo
*Competing at 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
• 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 October 2020 for the remaining three berth in the 16-team finals to be held the following summer.
Road to England: calendar
Qualifying group stage draw: 13:30CET, 21 February 2019, Nyon
Qualifying group stage dates: 26 August–3 September 2019, 30 September–8 October 2019, 4–12 November 2019, 2–11 March 2020, 6–14 April 2020, 1–9 June 2020, 14–22 September 2020
Play-off draw: 25 September 2020, Nyon
Play-offs (two legs): 19–27 October 2020
Final tournament draw: late 2020, England
Final tournament: July 2021, England