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 organized 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. For the 2015 and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cups, the number of finalists increased from 16 to 24.[1] By 2023, the number will be 32.[2]

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
 
2023
 
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 32
  • 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[3][4]
Continental zone 1991
 
(12)
1995
 
(12)
1999
 
(16)
2003
 
(16)
2007
 
(16)
2011
 
(16)
2015
 
(24)
2019
 
(24)
2023
 
(32)
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 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 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.[3] 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
  Swaziland
  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
  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

National teams results in World Cup preliminary competition (1991-2019)Edit

Legend
Team has won the World Cup
Team has qualified for the main tournament through a qualifying process
Team has not qualified for the main tournament
Team is not a member of FIFA and is not eligible for the main tournament (Martinique and Guadeloupe)
No.[n 1] Team App's[n 2] Overall qualification record Points[n 3] Confederation
Pld W D L GF GA GD Total point Avg
1   Norway 8 68 56 7 5 223 39 184 175 2.574 UEFA
2   Germany 7 61 56 2 3 275 24 251 170 2.787 UEFA
3   Sweden 8 63 53 5 5 226 37 189 164 2.603 UEFA
4   England 8 72 46 12 14 206 46 160 150 2.083 UEFA
5   Denmark 8 70 45 13 12 219 52 167 148 2.114 UEFA
6   Italy 8 76 45 13 18 196 63 133 148 1.947 UEFA
7   France 7 56 41 7 8 162 36 126 130 2.321 UEFA
8   Nigeria 8 46 42 2 2 177 19 158 128 2.783 CAF
9   Brazil 8 44 41 1 2 248 19 229 124 2.818 CONMEBOL
10   Netherlands 8 64 38 10 16 160 57 103 124 1.937 UEFA
11   Russia 7 56 36 7 13 127 72 55 115 2.054 UEFA
12   Spain 8 60 34 11 15 175 57 118 113 1.883 UEFA
13   Scotland 7 56 32 5 19 147 81 66 101 1.804 UEFA
14   Iceland 7 56 30 10 16 131 57 74 100 1.786 UEFA
15   Trinidad and Tobago 8 55 31 6 18 181 97 84 99 1.800 CONCACAF
16    Switzerland 8 70 30 9 31 137 118 19 99 1.414 UEFA
17   United States 7 33 32 0 1 184 5 179 96 2.909 CONCACAF
18   Japan 8 45 30 6 9 170 29 141 96 2.133 AFC
19   Ukraine 7 60 28 10 22 118 92 26 94 1.567 UEFA
20   Poland 8 60 29 6 25 112 90 22 93 1.550 UEFA
21   Finland 8 60 28 9 23 100 79 21 93 1.550 UEFA
22   China PR 8 39 29 4 6 154 20 134 91 2.333 AFC
23   Argentina 7 48 27 6 15 115 65 50 87 1.813 CONMEBOL
24   Hungary 8 64 25 10 29 122 139 -17 85 1.328 UEFA
25   New Zealand 8 32 28 0 4 252 9 243 84 2.265 OFC
26   Czech Republic (1993-)
  Czechoslovakia (1991-1992)
8 58 24 11 23 136 98 38 83 1.431 UEFA
27   Australia 8 37 25 7 5 170 18 152 82 2.216 OFC
28   South Africa 6 44 25 6 13 125 61 64 81 1.841 CAF
29   Haiti 6 44 26 2 16 99 76 23 80 1.818 CONCACAF
30   Costa Rica 7 43 26 1 16 109 68 41 79 1.837 CONCACAF
31   Canada 7 31 26 0 5 155 19 136 78 2.516 CONCACAF
32   Republic of Ireland 7 50 23 7 20 70 54 16 76 1.520 UEFA
33   Belgium 8 62 23 7 32 126 115 11 76 1.226 UEFA
34   Jamaica 6 43 23 3 17 153 76 77 72 1.674 CONCACAF
35   Serbia (2006-)
  Serbia and Montenegro (2003-2006)
  Yugoslavia (1992-2003)
6 50 22 6 22 85 101 -16 72 1.440 UEFA
36   Romania 7 56 19 13 24 119 79 40 70 1.250 UEFA
37   Mexico 8 41 22 3 16 111 83 28 69 1.683 CONCACAF
38   Cameroon 7 41 20 9 12 69 55 14 69 1.683 CAF
39   North Korea 6 32 21 5 6 140 19 121 68 2.215 AFC
40   Ghana 7 35 22 2 11 72 34 38 68 1.943 CAF
41   Slovakia 7 52 21 3 28 101 95 6 66 1.269 UEFA
42   Wales 7 50 18 8 24 79 100 -21 62 1.240 UEFA
43   Thailand 7 33 19 2 12 77 93 -16 59 1.788 AFC
44   Colombia 6 34 17 7 10 75 61 14 58 1.706 CONMEBOL
45   Austria 5 40 17 4 19 78 67 11 55 1.375 UEFA
46   Israel 6 51 17 4 30 51 125 -74 55 1.078 UEFA
47   Portugal 7 52 17 3 32 83 122 -39 54 1.038 UEFA
48   South Korea 8 34 15 8 11 101 51 50 53 1.559 AFC
49   Belarus 6 48 15 4 29 75 114 -39 49 1.021 UEFA
50   Vietnam 5 28 16 0 12 90 57 33 48 1.714 AFC
51   Papua New Guinea 8 32 16 0 16 71 135 -64 48 1.500 OFC
52   Chinese Taipei 8 31 14 5 12 57 53 4 47 1.516 AFC
53   Croatia 6 48 12 9 27 51 107 -56 45 0.938 UEFA
54   Chile 8 34 12 6 16 59 68 -9 42 1.235 CONMEBOL
55   Ecuador 6 33 12 6 15 49 80 -31 42 1.273 CONMEBOL
56   Guatemala 5 26 13 0 13 53 55 -2 39 1.500 CONCACAF
57   Jordan 3 20 12 1 7 96 38 58 37 1.850 AFC
58   Paraguay 6 25 12 1 12 51 52 -1 37 1.480 CONMEBOL
59   Slovenia 5 38 12 0 26 46 147 -101 36 0.947 UEFA
60   Myanmar 5 26 11 2 13 61 54 7 35 1.346 AFC
61   Panama 4 23 11 2 10 54 57 -3 35 1.522 CONCACAF
62   Uzbekistan 6 22 11 1 10 64 54 10 34 1.545 AFC
63   Mali 4 28 9 7 12 36 51 -15 34 1.214 CAF
64   Algeria 4 21 10 3 8 29 34 -5 33 1.571 CAF
65   Turkey 5 35 10 3 22 51 99 -48 33 0.943 UEFA
66   Dominican Republic 5 16 9 2 5 36 28 8 29 1.813 CONCACAF
67   Ivory Coast 5 21 6 11 4 32 27 5 29 1.381 CAF
68   Cuba 3 18 9 1 8 48 52 -4 28 1.556 CONCACAF
69   Northern Ireland 5 38 7 5 26 23 94 -71 26 0.684 UEFA
70   Saint Kitts and Nevis 4 15 8 1 6 39 40 -1 25 1.667 CONCACAF
71   Antigua and Barbuda 4 23 8 1 14 19 70 -51 25 1.087 CONCACAF
72   Greece 7 45 8 1 36 43 151 -108 25 0.556 UEFA
73   Bosnia and Herzegovina 6 48 7 4 37 30 181 -151 25 0.521 UEFA
74   DR Congo 4 18 7 3 8 29 33 -4 24 1.333 CAF
75   Puerto Rico 5 19 7 3 9 49 67 -18 24 1.263 CONCACAF
76   Estonia 6 43 7 3 33 32 169 -137 24 0.558 UEFA
77   Zimbabwe 3 13 7 2 4 21 9 12 23 1.769 CAF
78   Bermuda 3 18 7 2 9 33 51 -18 23 1.278 CONCACAF
79   Peru 6 27 6 5 16 24 60 -36 23 0.851 CONMEBOL
80   Equatorial Guinea 5 20 6 4 10 34 51 -17 22 1.100 CAF
81   Saint Lucia 5 16 7 1 8 31 56 -25 22 1.375 CONCACAF
82   Philippines 6 21 7 1 13 37 87 -50 22 1.048 AFC
83   Hong Kong 7 23 7 1 15 19 80 -61 22 0.957 AFC
84   Albania 2 24 6 3 15 19 81 -62 21 0.875 UEFA
85   Senegal 5 15 6 2 7 23 19 4 20 1.333 CAF
86   Guyana 3 15 6 2 7 29 43 -14 20 1.333 CONCACAF
87   Zambia 5 20 5 5 10 26 47 -21 20 1.000 CAF
88   Fiji 3 15 6 2 7 34 63 -29 20 1.333 OFC
89   Bulgaria 5 34 5 5 24 19 128 -99 20 0.588 UEFA
90   Uruguay 6 25 5 3 17 23 74 -51 18 0.720 CONMEBOL
91   Faroe Islands 2 24 5 3 16 19 101 -82 18 0.750 UEFA
92   Kazakhstan 5 37 5 3 29 21 114 -93 18 0.487 UEFA
93   Tanzania 4 17 4 5 8 29 42 -13 17 1.000 CAF
94   Venezuela 7 24 5 2 17 25 79 -54 17 0.708 CONMEBOL
95   Angola 4 13 4 4 5 19 19 0 16 1.231 UEFA
96   India 5 16 5 1 10 38 50 -12 16 1.000 AFC
97   U.S. Virgin Islands 5 16 5 1 10 18 47 -29 16 1.000 CONCACAF
98   Martinique 4 18 5 1 12 23 78 -55 16 0.889 CONCACAF
99   Suriname 4 16 5 0 11 25 38 -13 15 0.938 CONCACAF
100   Barbados 4 12 4 2 6 16 20 -4 14 1.167 CONCACAF
101   Moldova 4 25 4 2 19 16 90 -74 14 0.560 UEFA
102   Kenya 3 9 4 1 4 12 14 -2 13 1.444 CAF
103   Ethiopia 4 13 3 3 7 26 25 1 12 0.923 CAF
104   Curaçao (2014-)
  Netherlands Antilles (2006[n 4]-2010)
2 7 4 0 3 8 14 -6 12 1.714 CONCACAF
105   Malta 4 30 3 3 24 17 123 -106 12 0.400 UEFA
106   Bahrain 2 8 3 2 3 15 20 -5 11 1.375 AFC
107   El Salvador 6 16 3 2 11 23 56 -33 11 0.688 CONCACAF
108   Bolivia 7 26 3 2 21 26 134 -118 11 0.423 CONMEBOL
109   Congo 2 6 2 1 3 15 11 4 10 1.667 CAF
110   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 4 11 3 1 7 11 11 0 10 0.909 CONCACAF
111   Morocco 6 13 1 7 5 6 19 -13 10 0.769 CAF
112   Cook Islands 4 15 3 1 11 8 63 -55 10 0.667 OFC
113   Mozambique 2 5 3 0 2 19 14 5 9 1.800 CAF
114   Iran 3 9 3 0 6 24 31 -7 9 1.000 CAF
115   Solomon Islands 3 11 2 3 6 8 27 -19 9 0.818 OFC
116   Namibia 4 9 2 2 5 7 25 -18 8 0.889 CAF
117   Georgia 3 14 2 2 10 11 52 -41 8 0.571 UEFA
118   Montenegro 2 16 2 2 12 20 63 -43 8 0.500 UEFA
119   Tonga 4 12 2 2 8 5 58 -53 8 0.667 OFC
120   Lithuania 4 16 2 2 12 10 82 -72 8 0.500 UEFA
121   Gabon 2 6 2 1 3 10 9 1 7 1.167 CAF
122   United Arab Emirates 1 5 2 1 2 5 11 -6 7 1.400 AFC
123   Honduras 4 11 2 1 8 22 33 -11 7 0.636 CONCACAF
124   Nicaragua 4 9 2 1 6 7 28 -21 7 0.778 CONCACAF
125   Guinea 3 8 2 1 5 6 29 -23 7 0.875 CAF
126   Togo 1 4 2 0 2 10 12 -2 6 1.500 CAF
127   Benin 1 6 1 3 2 4 6 -2 6 1.000 CAF
128   Lesotho 2 6 2 0 4 5 15 -10 6 1.000 CAF
129   New Caledonia 1 5 2 0 3 9 23 -14 6 1.200 OFC
130   Latvia 3 10 1 3 6 8 25 -17 6 0.600 UEFA
131   Vanuatu 2 6 2 0 4 4 26 -22 6 1.000 OFC
132   Kyrgyzstan 2 9 2 0 7 10 40 -30 6 0.667 AFC
133   Tunisia 2 6 1 2 3 9 9 0 5 0.833 CAF
134   Egypt 3 9 1 2 6 6 24 -18 5 0.556 CAF
135   Dominica 4 11 1 2 8 7 46 -39 5 0.455 CONCACAF
136   Cayman Islands 2 5 1 1 3 6 10 -4 4 0.800 CONCACAF
137   Tahiti 2 6 1 1 4 13 21 -8 4 0.667 OFC
138   Malaysia 1 4 1 1 2 1 24 -23 4 1.000 AFC
139   Palestine 3 9 1 1 7 6 41 -35 4 0.444 AFC
140   Azerbaijan 1 8 1 1 6 2 60 -58 4 0.500 UEFA
141   Samoa 3 9 1 1 7 8 77 -69 4 0.444 OFC
142   Singapore 4 15 1 1 13 2 73 -71 4 0.267 AFC
143   Lebanon 1 3 1 0 2 12 10 2 3 1.000 AFC
144   Uganda 2 6 0 3 3 3 7 -4 3 0.500 CAF
145   Burkina Faso 2 4 1 0 3 3 9 -6 3 0.750 CAF
146   Gambia 1 4 1 0 3 3 10 -7 3 0.750 CAF
147   Rwanda 1 4 1 0 3 3 14 -11 3 0.750 CAF
148   Anguilla 2 6 1 0 5 3 22 -19 3 0.500 CONCACAF
149   Tajikistan 1 5 1 0 4 3 23 -20 3 0.600 AFC
150   Aruba 3 9 1 0 8 3 29 -26 3 0.333 CONCACAF
151   Malawi 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 -1 1 0.500 CAF
152   Indonesia 1 2 0 1 1 0 4 -4 1 0.500 AFC
153   Central African Republic 2 3 0 1 2 1 7 -6 1 0.333 CAF
154   Eritrea 2 4 0 1 3 8 16 -8 1 0.250 CAF
155   Sierra Leone 2 4 0 1 3 3 15 -12 1 0.250 CAF
156   Luxembourg 2 6 0 1 5 4 29 -25 1 0.167 UEFA
157   Grenada 3 9 0 1 8 3 50 -47 1 0.111 CONCACAF
158   North Macedonia 2 18 0 1 17 9 142 -133 1 0.056 UEFA
159   Botswana 2 4 0 0 4 3 10 -7 0 0.000 CAF
160   British Virgin Islands 1 2 0 0 2 1 8 -7 0 0.000 CAF
161   Djibouti 1 1 0 0 1 0 7 -7 0 0.000 CAF
162   Kosovo 1 3 0 0 3 3 12 -9 0 0.000 UEFA
163   Andorra 1 3 0 0 3 0 13 -13 0 0.000 UEFA
164   Comoros 1 1 0 0 1 0 13 -13 0 0.000 CAF
165   Bangladesh 1 3 0 0 3 0 15 -15 0 0.000 AFC
166   Libya 1 2 0 0 2 0 15 -15 0 0.000 CAF
167   São Tomé and Príncipe 2 4 0 0 4 0 17 -17 0 0.000 CAF
168   Eswatini (2023-)
  Swaziland (1998-2019)
2 4 0 0 4 1 18 -17 0 0.000 CAF
169   Bahamas 1 3 0 0 3 1 19 -18 0 0.000 CONCACAF
170   Maldives 1 4 0 0 4 0 20 -20 0 0.000 AFC
171   Iraq 1 5 0 0 5 0 22 -22 0 0.000 AFC
172   Guadeloupe 1 3 0 0 3 0 27 -27 0 0.000 CONCACAF
173   Turks and Caicos Islands 3 8 0 0 8 1 31 -30 0 0.000 CONCACAF
174   American Samoa 2 5 0 0 5 0 35 -35 0 0.000 OFC
175   Belize 2 5 0 0 5 2 40 -38 0 0.000 CONCACAF
176   Syria 1 4 0 0 4 0 38 -38 0 0.000 AFC
177   Armenia 1 8 0 0 8 1 42 -41 0 0.000 UEFA
178   Kuwait 1 3 0 0 3 1 51 -50 0 0.000 AFC
179   Guam 3 9 0 0 9 2 68 -66 0 0.000 AFC
Footnotes
  1. ^ Teams are ranked by total points, by goal difference, by goals scored, then by alphebetical order of team. Note that this column does not represent any official rankings.
  2. ^ Only qualifying campaigns are counted where the team played at least one match that was not annulled.
  3. ^ The three points for a win system is used.
  4. ^ Games played in 2005 were not recognized by FIFA.

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. ^ "FIFA Council unanimously approves expanded 32-team field for FIFA Women's World Cup". FIFA. 31 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "FIFA Women's World Cup – Previous Tournaments". FIFA.com. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  4. ^ http://resources.fifa.com/mm/document/footballdevelopment/women/01/51/51/64/presentation_increaseparticipation_e.pdf

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