UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying

The UEFA Women's Euro 2022 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 2022 final tournament.[1]

UEFA Women's Euro 2022 qualifying
Tournament details
Dates29 August 2019 – 13 April 2021
Teams47 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played198
Goals scored826 (4.17 per match)
Attendance246,448 (1,245 per match)
Top scorer(s)Belgium Tine De Caigny
(12 goals)
2017
2025
All statistics correct as of 24 February 2021.

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]

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemicEdit

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, the UEFA Executive Committee approved on 28 August 2020 the following principles for the qualifying phase of UEFA Women's Euro 2022:[4]

  • If a team cannot field the minimum required number of players (at least 13 players including at least one goalkeeper) due to positive SARS-2 coronavirus tests and the match cannot be rescheduled, the team responsible for the match not taking place are considered to have forfeited the match and lost 0–3.
  • If UEFA comes to the conclusion that both or none of the teams are responsible for the match not taking place, the outcome of the match will be decided by drawing of lots, either home win 1–0, home loss 0–1 or draw 0–0, carried out by the UEFA administration.

On 24 September 2020, UEFA announced that five substitutions would be permitted for the remainder of the Women's Euro 2022 qualifying competition, with a sixth allowed in extra time during the play-offs. However, each team is only given three opportunities to make substitutions during matches, with a fourth opportunity in extra time, excluding substitutions made at half-time, before the start of extra time and at half-time in extra time.[5]

ScheduleEdit

The qualifying matches are played on dates that fall within the FIFA Women's International Match Calendar.[6][7][8] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the final tournament was postponed from the summer of 2021 to 2022,[9] and the qualifying round and play-offs were also postponed.[10]

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 (matches not played due to COVID-19 pandemic)[11]
1–9 June 2020 (matches not played due to COVID-19 pandemic)[12]
14–22 September 2020
19–27 October 2020 (new dates due to COVID-19 pandemic)
23 November – 1 December 2020 (new dates due to COVID-19 pandemic)
15–24 February 2021 (new dates due to COVID-19 pandemic)
Play-offs 5 March 2021 (originally 25 September 2020) 5–13 April 2021 (postponed from 19–27 October 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic)

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][13]

The teams were seeded according to their coefficient ranking, calculated based on the following:[14][15]

Each group contained one team from each of Pots 1–5 (two teams from Pot 5 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.[14] Rank
  England 41,819 1
Teams entering qualifying group stage
Pot 1
Team Coeff.[14] 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.[14] 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.[14] 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.[14] 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.[14] 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.[14] 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 10 10 0 0 48 3 +45 30 Final tournament 2–0 4–1 6–0 3–0 7–0
2   Russia 10 8 0 2 23 6 +17 24 Play-offs 0–1 1–0 3–0 4–2 4–0
3   Slovenia 10 6 0 4 31 12 +19 18 2–4 0–1 5–0 3–1 2–0
4   Kosovo 10 3 1 6 6 29 −23 10 0–6 0–5 0–3 2–0 2–0
5   Turkey 10 1 2 7 9 28 −19 5 0–8 1–2 1–6 0–0 0–0
6   Estonia 10 0 1 9 1 40 −39 1 0–7 0–3 0–9 1–2 0–4
Source: UEFA

Group BEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Denmark 10 9 1 0 48 1 +47 28 Final tournament 0–0 2–0 8–0 4–0 14–0
2   Italy 10 8 1 1 37 5 +32 25 1–3 2–0 5–0 12–0 6–0
3   Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 6 0 4 19 17 +2 18 0–4 0–5 2–0 1–0 7–1
4   Malta 10 3 1 6 11 30 −19 10 0–8 0–2 2–3 1–1 2–1
5   Israel 10 2 1 7 10 30 −20 7 0–3 2–3 1–3 0–2 4–0
6   Georgia 10 0 0 10 3 45 −42 0 0–2 0–1 0–3 0–4 1–2
Source: UEFA

Group CEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Norway 6 6 0 0 34 1 +33 18 Final tournament 6–0 1–0 Canc. Canc.
2   Northern Ireland 8 4 2 2 17 17 0 14[a] Play-offs 0–6 0–0 3–2 5–1
3   Wales 8 4 2 2 16 4 +12 14[a] 0–1 2–2 3–0 4–0
4   Belarus 7 2 0 5 11 15 −4 6 1–7 0–1 0–1 6–0
5   Faroe Islands 7 0 0 7 1 42 −41 0 0–13 0–6 0–6 0–2
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked on head-to-head away goals: Northern Ireland 2; Wales 0.

Group DEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Spain 8 7 1 0 48 1 +47 22 Final tournament 4–0 3–0 10–0 4–0
2   Czech Republic 8 5 1 2 24 9 +15 16 Play-offs 1–5 0–0 7–0 3–0
3   Poland 8 4 2 2 16 5 +11 14 0–0 0–2 5–0 3–0
4   Moldova 8 1 0 7 3 43 −40 3[a] 0–9 0–7 0–3 3–1
5   Azerbaijan 8 1 0 7 2 35 −33 3[a] 0–13 0–4 0–5 1–0
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Ranked on head-to-head goal difference: Moldova +1, Azerbaijan -1.

Group EEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Finland 8 7 1 0 24 2 +22 22 Final tournament 1–0 1–0 8–1 4–0
2   Portugal 8 6 1 1 10 2 +8 19 Play-offs 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0
3   Scotland 8 4 0 4 26 5 +21 12 0–1 0–2 3–0 8–0
4   Albania 8 2 0 6 7 21 −14 6 0–3 0–1 0–5 4–0
5   Cyprus 8 0 0 8 0 37 −37 0 0–5 0–3 0–10 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group FEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Sweden 8 7 1 0 40 2 +38 22 Final tournament 2–0 7–0 8–0 7–0
2   Iceland 8 6 1 1 25 5 +20 19 1–1 1–0 4–1 9–0
3   Slovakia 8 3 1 4 7 19 −12 10 0–6 1–3 0–0 2–0
4   Hungary 8 2 1 5 11 20 −9 7 0–5 0–1 1–2 4–0
5   Latvia 8 0 0 8 2 39 −37 0 1–4 0–6 1–2 0–5
Source: UEFA

Group GEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   France 8 7 1 0 44 0 +44 22 Final tournament 3–0 6–0 11–0 12–0
2   Austria 8 6 1 1 22 3 +19 19 0–0 1–0 3–0 9–0
3   Serbia 8 4 0 4 21 12 +9 12 0–2 0–1 8–1 4–1
4   North Macedonia 8 2 0 6 8 39 −31 6 0–7 0–3 0–6 4–1
5   Kazakhstan 8 0 0 8 2 43 −41 0 0–3 0–5 0–3 0–3
Source: UEFA

Group HEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Belgium 8 7 0 1 37 5 +32 21 Final tournament 4–0 6–1 6–1 6–0
2    Switzerland 8 6 1 1 20 6 +14 19 Play-offs 2–1 6–0 2–0 4–0
3   Romania 8 4 0 4 13 16 −3 12 0–1 0–2 4–1 3–0
4   Croatia 8 2 1 5 7 19 −12 7 1–4 1–1 0–1 1–0
5   Lithuania 8 0 0 8 1 32 −31 0 0–9 0–3 0–4 1–2
Source: UEFA

Group IEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Germany 8 8 0 0 46 1 +45 24 Final tournament 8–0 3–0 6–0 10–0
2   Ukraine 8 5 0 3 16 21 −5 15 Play-offs 0–8 1–0 4–0 2–1
3   Republic of Ireland 8 4 1 3 11 10 +1 13 1–3 3–2 1–0 2–0
4   Greece 8 2 1 5 6 21 −15 7 0–5 0–4 1–1 1–0
5   Montenegro 8 0 0 8 2 28 −26 0 0–3 1–3 0–3 0–4
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 B   Italy 8 6 1 1 30 5 +25 19 Final tournament
2 F   Iceland 8 6 1 1 25 5 +20 19
3 G   Austria 8 6 1 1 22 3 +19 19
4 H    Switzerland 8 6 1 1 20 6 +14 19 Play-offs
5 E   Portugal 8 6 1 1 10 2 +8 19
6 A   Russia 8 6 0 2 16 6 +10 18
7 D   Czech Republic 8 5 1 2 24 9 +15 16
8 I   Ukraine 8 5 0 3 16 21 −5 15
9 C   Northern Ireland 8 4 2 2 17 17 0 14
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 was held on 5 March 2021 (originally 25 September 2020, but had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic), 12:00 CET (UTC+1), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.[16] The six teams were drawn into three ties without any seeding, with the first team drawn in each tie to be the home team of the first leg. Based on political restrictions, Russia and Ukraine could not be drawn against each other.

MatchesEdit

The first legs were played on 9 April, and the second legs were held on 13 April 2021. The three play-off winners qualified for the final tournament.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ukraine   1–4   Northern Ireland 1–2 0–2
Portugal   0–1   Russia 0–1 0–0
Czech Republic   2–2 (2–3 p)    Switzerland 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)

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)
  Netherlands Group A winners 23 October 2020 3 (2009, 2013, 2017)
  Denmark Group B winners 27 October 2020 9 (1984, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017)
  Norway Group C winners 27 October 2020 11 (1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017)
  Spain Group D winners 18 February 2021 3 (1997, 2013, 2017)
  Finland Group E winners 19 February 2021 3 (2005, 2009, 2013)
  Sweden Group F winners 27 October 2020 10 (1984, 1987, 1989, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017)
  France Group G winners 27 November 2020 6 (1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017)
  Belgium Group H winners 1 December 2020 1 (2017)
  Germany Group I winners 23 October 2020 10 (1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017)
  Italy 1st best runners-up 24 February 2021 11 (1984, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017)
  Iceland 2nd best runner-up 1 December 2020 3 (2009, 2013, 2017)
  Austria 3rd best runner-up 23 February 2021 1 (2017)
  Russia Play-off winners 13 April 2021 5 (1997, 2001, 2009, 2013, 2017)
   Switzerland Play-off winners 13 April 2021 1 (2017)
  Northern Ireland Play-off winners 13 April 2021 0 (debut)
1 Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

Top goalscorersEdit

There have been 826 goals scored in 198 matches, for an average of 4.17 goals per match (as of 24 February 2021).

12 goals

10 goals

9 goals

8 goals

7 goals

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

Source: UEFA[17]

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". UEFA.com.
  4. ^ "UEFA Executive Committee approves new principles for upcoming national team matches". UEFA.com. 31 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Two triple-headers approved for 2021 March and September national team windows". UEFA. 24 September 2020. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  6. ^ "2018/19 UEFA Women's calendar" (PDF). UEFA.
  7. ^ "2019/20 UEFA Women's calendar" (PDF). UEFA.
  8. ^ "2020/21 UEFA Women's calendar" (PDF). UEFA.
  9. ^ "UEFA Women's EURO moved to July 2022". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 23 April 2020. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  10. ^ "COVID-19 impact on UEFA competitions calendar: latest updates". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 29 April 2020. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  11. ^ "COVID-19: latest updates on UEFA competitions". UEFA.com. 17 March 2020.
  12. ^ "UEFA postpones all June national team matches". UEFA.com. 1 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Women's EURO 2021 qualifying draw". UEFA.com.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h "Women's National Team Coefficients Overview" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  15. ^ "Coefficient Ranking of the Teams Participating in the Group Stage" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  16. ^ "UEFA Women's EURO play-off draw". UEFA.com. Retrieved 5 March 2021.
  17. ^ "UEFA Women's EURO — Statistics". UEFA.com. Retrieved 5 March 2020.

External linksEdit