UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifying

The UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifying competition is a women's football competition that will determine the 15 teams joining the automatically qualified hosts England in the UEFA Women's Euro 2021 final tournament.[1]

UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifying
Tournament details
Dates29 August 2019 – 27 October 2020
Teams47 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played86
Goals scored385 (4.48 per match)
Top scorer(s)Norway Caroline Graham Hansen
(10 goals)
2017
2025
All statistics correct as of 12 November 2019.

Apart from England, 47 of the remaining 54 UEFA member national teams entered the qualifying competition, including Cyprus which entered for the first time at senior women's level, and Kosovo which entered their first Women's Euro.[2]

FormatEdit

Different from previous qualifying competitions, the preliminary round has been abolished and all entrants start from the qualifying group stage. The qualifying competition consists of two rounds:[3]

  • Qualifying group stage: The 47 teams are drawn into nine groups: two groups of six teams and seven groups of five teams. Each group is played in home-and-away round-robin format. The nine group winners and the three best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) qualify directly for the final tournament, while the remaining six runners-up advance to the play-offs.
  • Play-offs: The six teams are drawn into three ties to play home-and-away two-legged matches to determine the last three qualified teams.

TiebreakersEdit

In the qualifying group stage, teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Article 14.01):[3]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  5. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  6. Goal difference in all group matches;
  7. Goals scored in all group matches;
  8. Away goals scored in all group matches;
  9. Wins in all group matches;
  10. Away wins in all group matches;
  11. Disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  12. UEFA coefficient ranking for the qualifying group stage draw.

To determine the three best runners-up from the qualifying group stage, the results against the teams in sixth place are discarded. The following criteria are applied (Regulations Article 14.02):[3]

  1. Points;
  2. Goal difference;
  3. Goals scored;
  4. Away goals scored;
  5. Wins;
  6. Away wins;
  7. Disciplinary points;
  8. UEFA coefficient ranking for the qualifying group stage draw.

In the play-offs, the team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs qualifies for the final tournament. If the aggregate score is level, the away goals rule is applied, i.e., the team that scores more goals away from home over the two legs advances. If away goals are also equal, extra time is played. The away goals rule is again applied after extra time, i.e., if there are goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score is still level, the visiting team advances by virtue of more away goals scored. If no goals are scored during extra time, the tie is decided by penalty shoot-out (Regulations Article 19.01).[3]

ScheduleEdit

The qualifying matches are played on dates that fall within the FIFA Women's International Match Calendar.[4][5][6]

Stage Draw date FIFA international dates
Qualifying group stage 21 February 2019 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-offs 25 September 2020 19–27 October 2020

Qualifying group stageEdit

DrawEdit

The draw for the qualifying group stage was held on 21 February 2019, 13:30 CET (UTC+1), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.[2][7]

The teams were seeded according to their coefficient ranking, calculated based on the following:[8][9]

Each group contained one team from each of Pots A–E (two teams from Pot E for six-team group). Based on the decisions taken by the UEFA Emergency Panel, Kosovo would not be drawn in the same group as Bosnia and Herzegovina or Serbia.

Final tournament hosts
Team Coeff.[8] Rank
  England 41,819 1
Teams entering qualifying group stage
Pot 1
Team Coeff.[8] Rank
  France 40,775 2
  Germany 40,405 3
  Netherlands 40,003 4
  Spain 39,181 5
  Sweden 36,608 6
  Norway 36,060 7
   Switzerland 35,481 8
  Scotland 35,237 9
  Italy 34,741 10
Pot 2
Team Coeff.[8] Rank
  Austria 33,503 11
  Denmark 32,935 12
  Iceland 32,012 13
  Belgium 32,007 14
  Russia 28,187 15
  Wales 28,042 16
  Ukraine 27,260 17
  Finland 25,907 18
  Czech Republic 25,007 19
Pot 3
Team Coeff.[8] Rank
  Portugal 25,002 20
  Republic of Ireland 24,617 21
  Poland 23,712 22
  Romania 22,432 23
  Serbia 19,846 24
  Slovenia 18,207 25
  Hungary 17,601 26
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 17,056 27
  Belarus 16,361 28
Pot 4
Team Coeff.[8] Rank
  Turkey 16,142 29
  Slovakia 16,046 30
  Croatia 15,921 31
  Northern Ireland 14,966 32
  Greece 14,868 33
  Israel 12,771 34
  Kazakhstan 12,453 35
  Albania 10,899 36
  Moldova 8,237 37
Pot 5
Team Coeff.[8] Rank
  Faroe Islands 7,777 39
  Malta 7,556 40
  North Macedonia 7,242 41
  Estonia 7,225 42
  Montenegro 7,106 43
  Georgia 6,500 44
  Latvia 5,702 45
  Lithuania 4,973 46
  Azerbaijan 0
  Cyprus 0
  Kosovo 0
Notes
  • Teams marked in bold qualified for the final tournament.
Did not enter
Team Coeff.[8] Rank
  Bulgaria 8,050 38
  Luxembourg 4,237 47
  Andorra 1,793 48
  Armenia 0
  Gibraltar 0
  Liechtenstein 0
  San Marino 0

GroupsEdit

Group AEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Netherlands 6 6 0 0 28 3 +25 18 Final tournament 4–1 2–0 22 Sep 14 Apr 3–0
2   Slovenia 5 2 0 3 14 10 +4 6[a] Final tournament
if among three best runners-up
(play-offs otherwise)
2–4 0–1 5–0 10 Apr 18 Sep
3   Russia 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6[a] 18 Sep 14 Apr 9 Jun 4–0 10 Apr
4   Kosovo 3 2 0 1 4 6 −2 6[a] 10 Apr 10 Mar 6 Mar 18 Sep 2–0
5   Estonia 4 0 1 3 1 13 −12 1 0–7 22 Sep 5 Jun 1–2 9 Jun
6   Turkey 5 0 1 4 1 19 −18 1 0–8 1–6 22 Sep 14 Apr 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on 12 November 2019. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Ranked on head-to-head points, goal difference: Slovenia 3, +4, Russia 3, +1, Kosovo 0, −5.

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Italy 6 6 0 0 19 2 +17 18 Final tournament 9 Jun 2–0 10 Apr 5–0 6–0
2   Denmark 5 5 0 0 29 0 +29 15 Final tournament
if among three best runners-up
(play-offs otherwise)
22 Sep 2–0 4 Jun 8–0 14–0
3   Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 3 0 2 12 6 +6 9 14 Apr 9 Apr 5 Mar 2–0 7–1
4   Israel 4 0 1 3 4 10 −6 1[a] 2–3 0–3 1–3 22 Sep 10 Mar
5   Malta 5 0 1 4 1 18 −17 1[a] 0–2 14 Apr 10 Mar 1–1 5 Mar
6   Georgia 5 0 0 5 1 30 −29 0 0–1 0–2 22 Sep 14 Apr 3 Jun
Updated to match(es) played on 12 November 2019. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Tied on head-to-head points (1), goal difference (0), goals scored (1). Ranked on head-to-head away goals scored: Israel 1, Malta 0.

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Norway 4 4 0 0 32 1 +31 12 Final tournament 22 Sep 18 Sep 6–0 5 Jun
2   Wales 4 2 2 0 9 2 +7 8 Final tournament
if among three best runners-up
(play-offs otherwise)
14 Apr 9 Jun 2–2 10 Apr
3   Belarus 3 1 0 2 7 8 −1 3 1–7 0–1 14 Apr 6–0
4   Northern Ireland 4 0 2 2 2 14 −12 2 0–6 0–0 5 Jun 9 Jun
5   Faroe Islands 3 0 0 3 0 25 −25 0 0–13 0–6 22 Sep 18 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 12 November 2019. Source: UEFA

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Spain 3 2 1 0 9 1 +8 7 Final tournament 13 Apr 9 Apr 7 Jun 4–0
2   Czech Republic 3 2 0 1 12 5 +7 6 Final tournament
if among three best runners-up
(play-offs otherwise)
1–5 9 Jun 18 Sep 5 Jun
3   Moldova 2 1 0 1 3 8 −5 3 19 Sep 0–7 14 Apr 3–1
4   Poland 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0–0 22 Sep 7 Mar 10 Apr
5   Azerbaijan 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10 0 22 Sep 0–4 16 Sep 11 Mar
Updated to match(es) played on 12 November 2019. Source: UEFA

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Finland 4 3 1 0 16 2 +14 10 Final tournament 9 Jun 10 Apr 4–0 8–1
2   Scotland 2 2 0 0 13 0 +13 6 Final tournament
if among three best runners-up
(play-offs otherwise)
22 Sep 14 Apr 8–0 5 Jun
3   Portugal 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4 1–1 18 Sep 9 Jun 22 Sep
4   Cyprus 2 0 0 2 0 12 −12 0 14 Apr 9 Apr 5 Jun 11 Mar
5   Albania 4 0 0 4 1 17 −16 0 0–3 0–5 0–1 18 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 12 November 2019. Source: UEFA

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Sweden 3 3 0 0 16 1 +15 9 Final tournament 22 Sep 14 Apr 7–0 17 Sep
2   Iceland 3 3 0 0 11 1 +10 9 Final tournament
if among three best runners-up
(play-offs otherwise)
9 Jun 4–1 1–0 4 Jun
3   Hungary 4 1 1 2 5 9 −4 4 0–5 10 Apr 22 Sep 4–0
4   Slovakia 4 1 1 2 2 9 −7 4 4 Jun 14 Apr 0–0 10 Apr
5   Latvia 4 0 0 4 2 16 −14 0 1–4 0–6 9 Jun 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on 12 November 2019. Source: UEFA

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Austria 4 4 0 0 16 0 +16 12 Final tournament 14 Apr 9 Jun 3–0 9–0
2   France 2 2 0 0 9 0 +9 6[a] Final tournament
if among three best runners-up
(play-offs otherwise)
5 Jun 6–0 10 Apr 9 Jun
3   Serbia 4 2 0 2 9 7 +2 6[a] 0–1 18 Sep 6 Mar 11 Apr
4   North Macedonia 4 1 0 3 4 13 −9 3 0–3 22 Sep 0–6 4–1
5   Kazakhstan 4 0 0 4 1 19 −18 0 22 Sep 0–3 0–3 3 Jun
Updated to match(es) played on 12 November 2019. Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked on head-to-head points: France 3, Serbia 0.

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Belgium 4 4 0 0 17 2 +15 12 Final tournament 14 Apr 18 Sep 6–1 6–0
2    Switzerland 4 4 0 0 15 0 +15 12 Final tournament
if among three best runners-up
(play-offs otherwise)
22 Sep 6–0 2–0 4–0
3   Romania 3 1 0 2 3 7 −4 3 0–1 9 Jun 22 Sep 3–0
4   Croatia 4 1 0 3 4 13 −9 3 1–4 18 Sep 14 Apr 10 Apr
5   Lithuania 5 0 0 5 1 18 −17 0 9 Jun 0–3 5 Jun 1–2
Updated to match(es) played on 12 November 2019. Source: UEFA

Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Germany 4 4 0 0 31 0 +31 12 Final tournament 11 Apr 19 Sep 10–0 8–0
2   Republic of Ireland 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7 Final tournament
if among three best runners-up
(play-offs otherwise)
22 Sep 5 Mar 2–0 3–2
3   Greece 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1 4 0–5 1–1 3 Jun 9 Jun
4   Montenegro 3 0 0 3 0 16 −16 0 14 Apr 11 Mar 0–4 10 Apr
5   Ukraine 3 0 0 3 2 19 −17 0 0–8 5 Jun 14 Apr 22 Sep
Updated to match(es) played on 12 November 2019. Source: UEFA

Ranking of second-placed teamsEdit

To determine the three best second-placed teams from the qualifying group stage which advance directly to the final tournament, only the results of the second-placed teams against the first, third, fourth and fifth-placed teams in their group are taken into account; in Groups A and B, results against the sixth-placed team are discounted. As a result, eight matches played by each second-placed team are counted for the purposes of determining the ranking.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 H    Switzerland 4 4 0 0 15 0 +15 12 Final tournament
2 B   Denmark 3 3 0 0 13 0 +13 9
3 F   Iceland 3 3 0 0 11 1 +10 9
4 C   Wales 4 2 2 0 9 2 +7 8 Play-offs
5 I   Republic of Ireland 3 2 1 0 6 3 +3 7
6 E   Scotland 2 2 0 0 13 0 +13 6
7 G   France 2 2 0 0 9 0 +9 6
8 D   Czech Republic 3 2 0 1 12 5 +7 6
9 A   Slovenia 4 1 0 3 8 9 −1 3
Updated to match(es) played on 12 November 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) away goals scored; 5) wins; 6) away wins; 7) disciplinary points; 8) coefficient ranking.

Play-offsEdit

DrawEdit

The draw for the play-offs will be held on 25 September 2020 at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, to decide the matchups and the order of legs.[10]

MatchesEdit

The three play-off winners qualify for the final tournament.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
TBD TBD 19–27 Oct 19–27 Oct
TBD TBD 19–27 Oct 19–27 Oct
TBD TBD 19–27 Oct 19–27 Oct

Qualified teamsEdit

The following 16 teams qualify for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in Women's Euro1
  England Hosts 3 December 2018[1] 8 (1984, 1987, 1995, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017)
TBD Group A winners 2020
TBD Group B winners 2020
TBD Group C winners 2020
TBD Group D winners 2020
TBD Group E winners 2020
TBD Group F winners 2020
TBD Group G winners 2020
TBD Group H winners 2020
TBD Group I winners 2020
TBD Best three runners-up 2020
TBD Best three runners-up 2020
TBD Best three runners-up 2020
TBD Play-off winners October 2020
TBD Play-off winners October 2020
TBD Play-off winners October 2020
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Top goalscorersEdit

There have been 385 goals scored in 86 matches, for an average of 4.48 goals per match (as of 12 November 2019).

10 goals

9 goals

8 goals

7 goals

6 goals

5 goals

For full lists of goalscorers, see sections in each group:

Source: UEFA[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "England to host UEFA Women's EURO 2021". UEFA. 3 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Seedings for the Women's EURO 2021 qualifying draw". UEFA.com. 20 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Regulations of the UEFA European Women's Championship, 2019–21" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  4. ^ "2018/19 UEFA Women's calendar" (PDF). UEFA.
  5. ^ "2019/20 UEFA Women's calendar" (PDF). UEFA.
  6. ^ "2020/21 UEFA Women's calendar" (PDF). UEFA.
  7. ^ "Women's EURO 2021 qualifying draw". UEFA.com.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "Women's National Team Coefficients Overview" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  9. ^ "Coefficient Ranking of the Teams Participating in the Group Stage" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  10. ^ "UEFA Women's EURO 2021 play-off draw". UEFA.com.
  11. ^ "UEFA Women's EURO — Statistics". UEFA.com. Retrieved 12 November 2019.

External linksEdit