2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

The 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification process determines all 32 teams which will play in the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, with the co-hosts Australia and New Zealand qualifying automatically.[1] It is the ninth FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. The tournament is the first Women's World Cup to be hosted in multiple countries, the second by an AFC member association after the 1991 and 2007 Women's World Cups in China, the first to be held in the Southern Hemisphere, the first senior FIFA tournament in Oceania, and also the first FIFA tournament to be hosted across multiple confederations (with Australia in the AFC and New Zealand in the OFC).

2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates16 September 2021 – 23 February 2023
Teams173 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played96
Goals scored442 (4.6 per match)
Top scorer(s)Denmark Signe Bruun (9 goals)
2019
2027

The field was expanded from 24 teams in the 2019 edition to 32 in the 2023 edition.[2]

Qualified teamsEdit

 
  Team has qualified for World Cup
  Team can qualify
  Team failed to qualify for World Cup but still have games left to play
  Team eliminated
  Team expelled from the tournament by FIFA
  Team did not enter or withdrew from qualification
Team Qualified as Qualification date Appearance
in finals
Last
appearance
Consecutive
streak
Previous best performance
  Australia Co-hosts 25 June 2020 8th 2019 8 Quarter-finals (2007, 2011, 2015)
  New Zealand 6th 5 Group stage (1991, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019)

Qualification processEdit

After the number of teams qualifying for the Women's World Cup was increased, a new slot allocation was approved by the Bureau of the FIFA Council on 24 December 2020. The slots for the host nations, Australia and New Zealand, were taken directly from the quotas allocated to their confederations, the AFC and OFC respectively.[3]

Summary of qualificationEdit

Qualifying matches started in September 2021 and will end in February 2023. Matches have been played on dates within the FIFA International Match Calendar.[4]

Apart from the hosts Australia and New Zealand, 207 of 209 remaining FIFA member associations could qualify through their own confederation's qualifying process if they choose to enter. The exceptions were Chad and Pakistan, whose football associations were suspended by FIFA.[5] A third exception might have been Russia after initially receiving a four-year ban from all major sporting events by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on 9 December 2019, after Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was found non-compliant for handing over manipulated laboratory data to investigators.[6] However, the Russian women's team could still enter qualification. The decision was appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS),[7] which ruled in WADA's favour but reduced the ban to two years.[8] The CAS ruling also allowed the name "Russia" to be displayed on uniforms if the words "Neutral Athlete" or "Neutral Team" have equal prominence.[9] If Russia qualifies for the tournament, its female players will be able to use their country's name, flag or anthem at the Women's World Cup, unlike their male counterparts, as the ban will expire on 16 December 2022.[9][10]

Confederation Tournament Direct slots Play-off slots Teams started Teams eliminated Teams qualified Qualifying start date Qualifying end date
AFC 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup 5+1 2 27 [a] 16 0+1 17 September 2021 6 February 2022
CAF 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations 4 2 43 9 0 18 October 2021 23 July 2022
CONCACAF 2022 CONCACAF W Championship 4 2 32 0 0 16 February 2022 24 July 2022
CONMEBOL 2022 Copa América Femenina 3 2 10 0 0 8 July 2022 30 July 2022
OFC 2022 OFC Women's Nations Cup 0+1 1 10 [b] 0 0+1 5 July 2022 31 July 2022
UEFA 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification (UEFA) 11 1 51 0 0 16 September 2021 11 October 2022
Play-offs Inter-confederation play-offs 3 N/A (10) 0 0 17 February 2023 23 February 2023
Total 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification 30+2 10 173 25 2 16 September 2021 23 February 2023
  1. ^ Australia will take part in the Women's Asian Cup but already qualified to the Women's World Cup as co-hosts.
  2. ^ New Zealand will take part in the OFC Women's Nations Cup but already qualified to the Women's World Cup as co-hosts.

Confederation qualificationEdit

AFCEdit

As in the previous World Cup cycle, the AFC Women's Asian Cup will serve as the World Cup qualifying tournament for AFC members. The World Cup qualifying process is as follows:

  • Qualifying stage: The 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualification competition will be held between 17 and 30 September and betweeen 18 and 24 October 2021. Teams will compete for qualification to the final tournament, where they are joined by final tournament hosts India and the top three teams of the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup, Japan, Australia, and China, who qualified automatically.
  • Final tournament: Twelve teams will play in the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup,[11] which will be held from 20 January to 6 February 2022.[12] They will be drawn into three groups of four teams. The top two teams of each group, along with the two-best third-placed teams, will advance to the knockout stage.[13]

North Korea withdrew on 29 July 2021 from the Women's Asian Cup qualifiers due to COVID-19 pandemic-related safety concerns,[14] followed by Turkmenistan on 6 August because of pandemic-related travel restrictions.[15] In a letter to the AFC published on 8 September, Iraq decided not to take part.[16] Afghanistan also withdrew from qualification later in September as the women's team's participation was uncertain due to the Taliban takeover of the country.[17][18]

Qualifying stageEdit

Group A Group B Group C
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Chinese Taipei 2 6
2   Bahrain (H) 2 1
3   Laos 2 1
4   Turkmenistan 0 0
Source: AFC
(H) Host
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Vietnam 2 6
2   Tajikistan (H) 2 3
3   Maldives 2 0
4   Afghanistan 0 0
Source: AFC
(H) Host
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Indonesia 2 6
2   Singapore 2 0
3   Iraq 0 0
4   North Korea 0 0
Source: AFC
Group D Group E Group F
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Myanmar 3 9
2   Lebanon 3 6
3   United Arab Emirates 3 3
4   Guam 3 0
Source: AFC
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   South Korea 2 6
2   Uzbekistan (H) 2 3
3   Mongolia 2 0
Source: AFC
(H) Host
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Philippines 2 6
2   Hong Kong 2 1
3     Nepal 2 1
Source: AFC
Group G Group H
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Iran 2 4
2   Jordan 2 4
3   Bangladesh 2 0
Source: AFC
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Thailand 2 6
2   Malaysia 2 3
3   Palestine (H) 2 0
Source: AFC
(H) Host

CAFEdit

First qualifying roundEdit

First round matches are now scheduled to be played between 18 and 26 October 2021.[24]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Uganda   2–2 (2–1 p)   Ethiopia 2–0 0–2
Kenya   15–1   South Sudan 8–0 7–1
Eritrea   Match 3   Burundi 0–5 26 Oct
Djibouti   w/o[A]   Rwanda
Malawi   3–4   Zambia 1–1 2–3
Tanzania   3–5   Namibia 1–2 2–3
Zimbabwe   Match 7   Eswatini 3–1 26 Oct
Angola   Match 8   Botswana 1–5 26 Oct
Mozambique   Match 9   South Africa 0–7 26 Oct
Algeria   Match 10   Sudan 14–0 P-P[B]
Egypt   2–7   Tunisia 2–6 0–1
Equatorial Guinea   w/o[C]   DR Congo
São Tomé and Príncipe   w/o[D]   Togo 0–5
Congo   Match 14   Gabon 2–1 26 Oct
Central African Republic   0–3   Cameroon 0–1 0–2
Sierra Leone   1–3   Gambia 0–2 1–1
Liberia   Match 17   Senegal 1–2 26 Oct
Mali   4–2   Guinea 2–2 2–0
Guinea-Bissau   Match 19   Mauritania 1–0 26 Oct
Burkina Faso   5–2   Benin 2–1 3–1
Nigeria   2–1   Ghana 2–0 0–1
Niger   0–20   Ivory Coast 0–9 0–11

Notes:

  1. ^ Djibouti won on walkover and advanced to the second round after Rwanda withdrew before the first leg citing lack of preparation due to no local championship being contested since 2018.[25]
  2. ^ The 2nd leg's match between Sudan and Algeria initialy programed on 26 October was postponed to a later date due to the recent political and security situation in Sudan[26].
  3. ^ Equatorial Guinea won on walkover and advanced to the second round after DR Congo failed to appear for the first leg.[27]
  4. ^ Togo won on walkover and advanced to the second round after São Tomé and Príncipe withdrew from the second leg in Togo.[28]

CONCACAFEdit

As in the previous World Cup cycle, the CONCACAF W Championship will serve as the World Cup qualifying tournament for CONCACAF members. The World Cup qualifying process is as follows:[29]

  • Qualifying stage: The 2022 CONCACAF W Championship qualification competition will be held in November 2021 and April 2022. Teams will be drawn into six groups of five, and will play single round-robin matches (two home and two away). Should more than thirty CONCACAF member associations enter, a play-in round will be held prior to the qualifying group stage. The six group winners will advance to the final tournament to join the two highest-ranked CONCACAF teams, Canada and the United States, who qualified automatically.
  • Final tournament: Eight teams will play in the 2022 CONCACAF W Championship, which will be held in July 2022. They will be drawn into two groups of four teams and will play single round-robin matches. The top two teams of each group will advance to the knockout stage.

Qualifying stageEdit

Group A Group B Group C
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Mexico 0 0
2   Puerto Rico 0 0
3   Suriname 0 0
4   Antigua and Barbuda 0 0
5   Anguilla 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 16 February 2022.
Source: CONCACAF
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Costa Rica 0 0
2   Guatemala 0 0
3   Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 0
4   U.S. Virgin Islands 0 0
5   Curaçao 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 16 February 2022.
Source: CONCACAF
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Jamaica 0 0
2   Dominican Republic 0 0
3   Bermuda 0 0
4   Grenada 0 0
5   Cayman Islands 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 16 February 2022.
Source: CONCACAF
Group D Group E Group F
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Panama 0 0
2   El Salvador 0 0
3   Barbados 0 0
4   Belize 0 0
5   Aruba 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 16 February 2022.
Source: CONCACAF
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Haiti 0 0
2   Cuba 0 0
3   Honduras 0 0
4   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 0 0
5   British Virgin Islands 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 16 February 2022.
Source: CONCACAF
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Trinidad and Tobago 0 0
2   Guyana 0 0
3   Nicaragua 0 0
4   Dominica 0 0
5   Turks and Caicos Islands 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 16 February 2022.
Source: CONCACAF

CONMEBOLEdit

The Copa América Femenina will be held from 8 to 30 July 2022,[30] providing three direct qualifying places and two play-off places for the Women's World Cup.[3]

OFCEdit

The 2022 OFC Women's Nations Cup was originally scheduled for July–August but was shifted to January–February to accommodate changes to the FIFA Women's International Match Calendar.[31] The OFC announced on 4 March 2021 that it was pushed back to July 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[32]

UEFAEdit

As in the previous World Cup cycle, UEFA organises a tournament for its members designed only for Women's World Cup qualifying. The World Cup qualifying process is as follows:[33]

  • Group stage: 51 teams are drawn into nine groups of five or six teams, where each group is played in a home-and-away round-robin format. Matches will be held on dates in the FIFA Women's International Match Calendar from September 2021 to September 2022. The nine group winners qualify directly for the final tournament, while the nine runners-up advance to the play-offs.
  • Play-offs: The nine teams play two knockout rounds of single-leg matches, with the best three runners-up entering in the second round. Matches will be held on dates in the FIFA Women's International Match Calendar in October 2022. Among the three second round play-off winners, the two teams with the best combined records in the group stage (8 matches, excluding the ones against sixth-placed teams for those from groups with six teams) and second round play-offs (1 match) will qualify for the Women's World Cup, while the team with the worst combined record (group stage plus second play-off round) will enter the inter-continental play-offs.

Group stageEdit

Group A Group B Group C
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Sweden 3 9
2   Finland 2 6
3   Republic of Ireland 1 0
4   Slovakia 2 0
5   Georgia 2 0
Updated to match(es) played on 21 October 2021.
Source: UEFA
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Scotland 3 9
2   Spain 2 6
3   Ukraine 1 3
4   Hungary 3 0
5   Faroe Islands 3 0
Updated to match(es) played on 22 October 2021.
Source: UEFA
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Netherlands 3 7
2   Czech Republic 3 4
3   Belarus 1 3
4   Iceland 2 3
5   Cyprus 3 0
Updated to match(es) played on 22 October 2021.
Source: UEFA
Group D Group E Group F
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   England 3 9
2   Austria 3 9
3   Northern Ireland 3 6
4   Luxembourg 4 3
5   North Macedonia 4 3
6   Latvia 3 0
Updated to match(es) played on 26 October 2021.
Source: UEFA
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Russia 4 12
2   Denmark 3 9
3   Montenegro 3 6
4   Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 1
5   Malta 3 1
6   Azerbaijan 3 0
Updated to match(es) played on 26 October 2021.
Source: UEFA
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Belgium 3 7
2   Norway 3 7
3   Poland 3 5
4   Albania 3 4
5   Kosovo 3 1
6   Armenia 3 0
Updated to match(es) played on 21 October 2021.
Source: UEFA
Group G Group H Group I
Pos Team Pld Pts
1    Switzerland 3 9
2   Italy 3 9
3   Romania 3 6
4   Lithuania 2 0
5   Moldova 2 0
6   Croatia 3 0
Updated to match(es) played on 22 October 2021.
Source: UEFA
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   Germany 3 9
2   Portugal 3 7
3   Turkey 2 4
4   Serbia 2 0
5   Israel 2 0
6   Bulgaria 2 0
Updated to match(es) played on 21 October 2021.
Source: UEFA
Pos Team Pld Pts
1   France 3 9
2   Wales 3 7
3   Greece 3 6
4   Slovenia 3 4
5   Kazakhstan 3 0
6   Estonia 3 0
Updated to match(es) played on 22 October 2021.
Source: UEFA

Inter-confederation play-offsEdit

The final three spots at the FIFA Women's World Cup will be decided through a ten-team play-off tournament. The tournament will be used as a test event for Australia and New Zealand to host prior to the Women's World Cup. Both hosts will participate in friendly matches against the teams in Group 1 and Group 2, thereby ensuring that all teams play two matches at the tournament.

In the play-off draw, four teams will be seeded into groups based on the FIFA Women's World Rankings, with a maximum of one seeded team per confederation. Teams from the same confederation will not be drawn into the same group. The winner of each group will qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup.[3]

Group 1Edit

Semi-finalFinal
      
February 2023 – TBC
Seed 1
February 2023 – TBC
Semi-final winner
Unseeded team
Unseeded team

Group 2Edit

Semi-finalFinal
      
February 2023 – TBC
Seed 2
February 2023 – TBC
Semi-final winner
Unseeded team
Unseeded team

Group 3Edit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
February 2023 – TBC
 
 
Seed 3
 
February 2023 – TBC
 
Unseeded team
 
Semi-final 1 winner
 
February 2023 – TBC
 
Semi-final 2 winner
 
Seed 4
 
 
Unseeded team
 
Third place play-off
 
 
February 2023 – TBC
 
 
Semi-final 1 loser
 
 
Semi-final 2 loser

Top goalscorersEdit

There have been 442 goals scored in 96 matches, for an average of 4.6 goals per match (as of 21 October 2021).

9 goals

8 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

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