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FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

FIFA Women's World Cup qualification is the process a national women's association football team goes through to qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Qualifying tournaments are held within the six FIFA continental zones (Africa, Asia, North and Central America and Caribbean, South America, Oceania, Europe), and are organised by their respective confederations. For each tournament, FIFA decides beforehand the number of berths awarded to each of the continental zones, based on the relative strength of the confederations' teams. The hosts of the World Cup receive an automatic berth in the finals. Since the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, the number of finalists increased from 16 to 24.[1]

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Qualification berths by continentEdit

Teams in qualifying
Year Teams
1991
49
1995
55
1999
69
2003
98
2007
129
2011
126
2015
134
2019
143

The table below lists the numbers of berths allocated by FIFA for each continent in each tournament.

Places in the intercontinental play-offs are indicated by fractional (".5") representations. Intercontinental play-offs are played as two home-and-away matches. The team that scores a greater aggregate number of goals qualifies for the World Cup. Away goals rule applies. If these rules fail to determine the winner, extra time and penalty shootouts are used.

A + or respectively indicates the winners or losers of the intercontinental play-offs. "+H" denotes an additional spot for hosts.

Places allocated for continents
Continental zone 1991
 1
1995
 
1999
 
2003
 2
2007
 
2011
 
2015
 
2019
 
Africa 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3
Asia 3 2 3 2.5++ H 2.5++H 3 5 5
Oceania 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Europe 5 4+H 6 5 5 4.5+H 8 8+H
North and Central America
and Caribbean
1 2 1.5++H 2.5 2.5 2.5+ 3.5+H 3.5
South America 1 1 1.5 2 2 2 2.5+ 2.5
Total 12 12 16 16 16 16 24 24
  • 1 In 1991, China PR hosted the tournament, but the location was determined after Asian qualifying had been completed.
  • 2 Originally to be held in China PR, the tournament was moved to the United States. China retained its automatic qualifying status as original host.

Qualification competition entrants over timeEdit

Entrants in continental qualifying tournaments[2][3]
Continental zone 1991
 
(12)
1995
 
(12)
1999
 
(16)
2003
 
(16)
2007
 
(16)
2011
 
(16)
2015
 
(24)
2019
 
(24)
Africa 8 8 15 22 35 24 26 24
Asia 9 4 11 18 17 17 20 24
Oceania 3 3 6 10 10 8 4 11
Europe 18 30 161 161 251 41 46 46
North and Central America
and Caribbean
8 5 112 223 32 26 28 28
South America 3 5 10 10 10 10 10 10
Total 49 55 69 98 129 126 134 143
Teams played 45 52 66 84 109 119 130 104
Matches played 111 135 152 195 263 355 406 392
Goals scored 445 655 803 867 1,032 1,436 1,686 1,562
  • 1 Only teams in European Class A could qualify for the Women's World Cup finals. Other sides could at best be promoted to Class A for subsequent tournament.
  • 2 A second Guatemalan side also competed, but their matches are not included in the list.
  • 3 The United States (eventual hosts of the finals) competed in the qualifying tournament.

First appearance in qualification by teamEdit

Listed are the first appearance in the qualifying stages by a national team.[2] Teams that entered for the first time but withdrew before playing a match are written in italics.

World Cup Europe South America North, Central America and Caribbean Asia Africa Oceania Total
 
1991
  Belgium
  Bulgaria
  Czechoslovakia
  Denmark
  England
  Finland
  France
  Germany
  Hungary
  Italy
  Netherlands
  Northern Ireland
  Norway
  Poland
  Republic of Ireland
  Spain
  Sweden
   Switzerland
  Brazil
  Chile
  Venezuela
  Canada
  Costa Rica
  Haiti
  Jamaica
  Mexico
  Trinidad and Tobago
  United States
  China PR
  Chinese Taipei
  Hong Kong
  Japan
  North Korea
  South Korea
  Malaysia
  Singapore
  Thailand
  Cameroon
  Congo
  Ghana
  Guinea
  Nigeria
  Senegal
  Zambia
  Zimbabwe
  Australia
  New Zealand
  Papua New Guinea
44
 
1995
  Croatia
  Czech Republic
  Greece
  Iceland
  Latvia
  Lithuania
  Portugal
  Romania
  Russia
  Scotland
  Slovakia
  Slovenia
  Ukraine
  Wales
  FR Yugoslavia
  Argentina
  Bolivia
  Ecuador
none none   Angola
  Sierra Leone
  South Africa
  Zambia
none 21
 
1999
none   Colombia
  Paraguay
  Peru
  Uruguay
  El Salvador
  Guatemala
  Guyana
  Honduras
  Puerto Rico
  Guam
  India
  Kazakhstan
  Philippines
  Uzbekistan
  DR Congo
  Egypt
  Kenya
  Lesotho
  Morocco
  Mozambique
  Namibia
  Eswatini
  Uganda
  American Samoa
  Fiji
  Samoa
24
 
2003
  Moldova none   Bahamas
  Belize
  Dominica
  Dominican Republic
  Montserrat
  Nicaragua
  Panama
  Saint Lucia
  Suriname
  U.S. Virgin Islands
  Indonesia
  Myanmar
    Nepal
  Vietnam
  Botswana
  Ivory Coast
  Equatorial Guinea
  Eritrea
  Ethiopia
  Gabon
  Guinea-Bissau
  Mali
  São Tomé and Príncipe
  Senegal
  Tanzania
  Zimbabwe
  Cook Islands
  Tahiti
  Tonga
  Vanuatu
21
 
2007
  Austria
  Belarus
  Serbia and Montenegro
none   Antigua and Barbuda
  Aruba
  Barbados
  Bermuda
  British Virgin Islands
  Cayman Islands
  Grenada
  Netherlands Antilles
  Nicaragua
  Saint Kitts and Nevis
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  Turks and Caicos Islands
  Indonesia
  Maldives
  Algeria
  Benin
  Central African Republic
  Congo
  Djibouti
  Kenya
  Libya
  Malawi
  Namibia
  Togo
  New Caledonia
  Solomon Islands
  Tonga
28
 
2011
  Armenia
  Azerbaijan
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Estonia
  Georgia
  Israel
  North Macedonia
  Malta
  Serbia
  Turkey
none   Anguilla
  Belize
  Cuba
  Bangladesh
  Iran
  Jordan
  Kyrgyzstan
  Palestine
  Botswana
  Tunisia
  Tahiti
  Vanuatu
21
 
2015
  Albania
  Faroe Islands
  Luxembourg
  Montenegro
none none   Bahrain
  Bangladesh
  Kuwait
  Lebanon
  Burkina Faso
  Comoros
  Rwanda
  South Sudan
none 11
 
2019
  Andorra
  Kosovo
none none   Iraq
  Syria
  Tajikistan
  United Arab Emirates
  Gambia
  Libya
  New Caledonia 9

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Regulations FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015" (PDF). FIFA.com. FIFA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b "FIFA Women's World Cup - Previous Tournaments". FIFA.com. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  3. ^ http://resources.fifa.com/mm/document/footballdevelopment/women/01/51/51/64/presentation_increaseparticipation_e.pdf

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