Forty-six teams have entered European qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France, with 16 involved in the preliminary round draw on 19 January.
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Forty-six countries have entered European qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France, with 16 involved in the preliminary round draw streamed live at 13:30CET on 19 January.
France gain automatic entry to the 24-team finals and will be joined by eight other European sides. Qualifying is in three stages: the preliminary round involving the 16 lowest nations in the UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Rankings; the qualifying group stage, for which the other 30 hopefuls gain automatic entry; and a series of play-offs which will decide Europe's eighth qualifier.
Preliminary round (draw 19 January)
Entrants in coefficient order
Andorra (World Cup debut)
Kosovo (competitive debut)
• The 16 teams will be drawn into four groups of four, with the section winners and the runner-up with the best record against the sides first and third in their section progressing to the qualifying group stage.
• Four teams will be selected to host the mini-tournaments played on 6, 8 and 11 April. Other details, including seeding arrangements, will be confirmed ahead of the draw.
Qualifying group stage (draw 25 April)
Automatic entrants in coefficient order
Republic of Ireland
Bosnia and Herzegovina
(five teams tbc from preliminary round)
*Competing at UEFA Women's EURO 2017 along with France
• The 35 teams will be drawn into seven groups of five, who will play home and away between September 2017 and September 2018. Other details, including seeding arrangements, will be confirmed ahead of the draw.
• The seven group winners will qualify to join France in the finals.
• The four runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third and fourth in their groups will progress to the play-offs, which will consist of two rounds of two-legged knockout ties in October and November 2018 to decide Europe's last qualifier.
Road to France: calendar
Preliminary round draw: 13:30CET, 19 January 2017, Nyon
Preliminary round: 6–11 April 2017
Qualifying group stage draw: 25 April 2017, Nyon
Qualifying group stage: 11 September 2017–4 September 2018
Play-off draw: tbc September 2018, Nyon
Play-off semi-finals: 1–9 October 2018
Play-off final: 5–13 November 2018
Finals draw: late 2018, France
Finals: summer 2019, France
Continental allocations for final tournament
Africa (CAF): 3
Asia (AFC): 5
Europe (UEFA): 8 plus hosts France
North/Central America (CONCACAF): 3 plus 1 to play-off v CONMEBOL third place
Oceania (OFC): 1
South America (CONMEBOL): 2 plus 1 to play-off v CONCACAF fourth place
Past World Cup finals (European teams in bold)
2015: United States 5-2 Japan; Vancouver, Canada
2011: Japan 2-2 United States (aet, 3-1 pens); Frankfurt, Germany
2007: Germany 2-0 Brazil; Shanghai, China
2003: Germany 2-1 Sweden (aet, golden goal); Carson, United States
1999: United States 0-0 China (aet, 5-4 pens); Pasadena, United States
1995: Norway 2-0 Germany; Stockholm, Sweden
1991: United States 2-1 Norway; Guangzhou, China