|Dates||6 April 2017 – 13 November 2018|
|Teams||46 (from 1 confederation)|
|Goals scored||575 (3.4 per match)|
The European qualifying competition for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup was a women's football competition that determined the eight UEFA teams joining the automatically qualified hosts France in the final tournament.
The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification process decided all 24 teams which will play in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, with the hosts France qualifying automatically. It will be the eighth FIFA Women's World Cup, the quadrennial international women's football world championship tournament. The tournament will be the third to be hosted in Europe, after the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden and the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
The Union of European Football Associations is the administrative body for association football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe, although several member states are primarily or entirely located in Asia. It is one of six continental confederations of world football's governing body FIFA. UEFA consists of 55 national association members.
Apart from France, 46 of the remaining 54 UEFA member national teams entered the qualifying competition,with Andorra making their World Cup debut and Kosovo making their competitive debut.
The Andorra women's national football team represents Andorra in women's association football and is controlled by the Andorran Football Federation, the governing body for football in Andorra.
The Kosovo women's national football team represents Kosovo in international women's football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Kosovo.
The qualifying competition consists of three rounds:
In the preliminary round and 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 Articles 13.01, 13.02, and 15.01):
To determine the best runner-up from the preliminary round and the four best runners-up from the qualifying group stage, the results against the teams in last place (fourth place in preliminary round and fifth place in qualifying group stage) are discarded. The following criteria are applied (Regulations Articles 13.03 and 15.02):
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 17.01).
The away goals rule is a method of breaking ties in association football and other sports when teams play each other twice, once at each team's home ground. By the away goals rule, the team that has scored more goals "away from home" will win if scores are otherwise equal. This is sometimes expressed by saying that away goals "count double" in the event of a tie.
A penalty shoot-out is a method of determining which team is awarded victory in an association football match that cannot end in a draw, when the score is tied after the regulation playing time as well as extra time have expired. In a penalty shoot-out, each team takes turns shooting at goal from the penalty mark, with the goal only defended by the opposing team's goalkeeper. Each team has five shots which must be taken by different kickers; the team that makes more successful kicks is declared the victor. Shoot-outs finish as soon as one team has an insurmountable lead. If scores are level after five pairs of shots, the shootout progresses into additional "sudden-death" rounds. Balls successfully kicked into the goal during a shoot-out do not count as goals for the individual kickers or the team, and are tallied separately from the goals scored during normal play. Although the procedure for each individual kick in the shoot-out resembles that of a penalty kick, there are some differences. Most notably, neither the kicker nor any player other than the goalkeeper may play the ball again once it has been kicked.
The qualifying matches are played on dates that fall within the FIFA Women's International Match Calendar.
|Stage||FIFA International Dates|
|Preliminary round||6–11 April 2017|
|Qualifying group stage||11–19 September 2017|
|16–24 October 2017|
|20–28 November 2017|
|15–23 January 2018|
|26 February – 6 March 2018|
|2–10 April 2018|
|4–12 June 2018|
|27 August – 4 September 2018|
|Play-offs||1–9 October 2018|
|5–13 November 2018|
The teams were ranked according to their coefficient ranking, calculated based on the following:
The 30 highest-ranked teams entered the qualifying group stage, while the 16 lowest-ranked teams entered the preliminary round. The coefficient ranking was also used for seeding in the preliminary round and qualifying group stage draws.
The draw for the preliminary round was held on 19 January 2017, 13:30 CET (UTC+1), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
The 16 teams were allocated into four seeding positions according to their coefficient ranking. They were drawn into four groups of four containing one team from each of the four seeding positions. First, the four teams which were pre-selected as hosts were drawn from their own designated pot and allocated to their respective group as per their seeding positions. Next, the remaining 12 teams were drawn from their respective pot which were allocated according to their seeding positions.
|1||3||2||1||0||4||2||+2||7||Qualifying group stage||—||2–2||1–0||—|
|1||3||2||1||0||5||3||+2||7||Qualifying group stage||—||2–1||—||3–2|
|1||3||2||1||0||9||0||+9||7||Qualifying group stage||—||—||2–0||7–0|
|1||3||3||0||0||9||3||+6||9||Qualifying group stage||—||2–1||—||5–1|
To determine the best second-placed teams from the preliminary round which advance to the qualifying group stage, only the results of the second-placed teams against the first and third-placed teams in their group are taken into account, while results against the fourth-placed team are not included. As a result, two matches played by each second-placed team are counted for the purposes of determining the ranking.
|1||3||2||1||1||0||2||0||+2||4||Qualifying group stage|
The draw for the qualifying group stage was held on 25 April 2017, 13:30 CEST (UTC+2), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
The 35 teams were allocated into five seeding pots according to their coefficient ranking, with the five preliminary round qualifiers placed in Pot E. They were drawn into seven groups of five containing one team from each of the five seeding pots. For political reasons, Russia and Ukraine would not be drawn in the same group.
|1||8||7||1||0||29||1||+28||22||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup||—||0–0||6–0||4–0||5–0|
|1||8||7||0||1||19||7||+12||21||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup||—||2–1||3–0||5–0||2–1|
|1||8||7||0||1||22||4||+18||21||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup||—||2–1||1–0||4–1||6–1|
|1||8||7||0||1||22||2||+20||21||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup||—||3–0||3–0||5–0||4–0|
|1||8||7||0||1||38||3||+35||21||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup||—||2–3||4–0||6–0||11–0|
|1||8||7||0||1||19||4||+15||21||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup||—||2–1||3–0||3–0||5–0|
|1||8||8||0||0||25||2||+23||24||2019 FIFA Women's World Cup||—||4–0||5–1||3–0||2–0|
To determine the four best second-placed teams from the qualifying group stage which advance to the play-offs, only the results of the second-placed teams against the first, third and fourth-placed teams in their group are taken into account, while results against the fifth-placed team are not included. As a result, six matches played by each second-placed team are counted for the purposes of determining the ranking.
The draw for the play-offs was held on 7 September 2018, 14:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.The four teams were drawn into two knockout rounds (semi-finals and final) of home-and-away two-legged format.
For the semi-finals, two teams were seeded and two teams were unseeded, based on their latest coefficient ranking after the completion of the qualifying group stage, calculated based on the following:
For each semi-final, a seeded team was drawn against an unseeded team, with the order of legs decided by draw. A draw was also held for the final between the two winners of the semi-finals to decide the order of legs.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
| Netherlands ||4–1||2–0||2–1|
| Belgium ||3–3 (a)||2–2||1–1|
The winner Netherlands qualifies for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
| Netherlands ||4–1||3–0||1–1|
The following nine teams from UEFA qualified for the final tournament, including France which qualified as hosts.
|Team||Qualified as||Qualified on||Previous appearances in FIFA Women's World Cup 1|
|Hosts||19 March 2015||3 (2003, 2011, 2015)|
|Group 1 winners||31 August 2018||4 (1995, 2007, 2011, 2015)|
|Group 2 winners||4 September 2018||0 (debut)|
|Group 3 winners||4 September 2018||7 (1991, 1995 , 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)|
|Group 4 winners||4 September 2018||7 (1991, 1995 , 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015)|
|Group 5 winners||4 September 2018||7 (1991, 1995, 1999, 2003 , 2007 , 2011 , 2015)|
|Group 6 winners||8 June 2018||2 (1991, 1999)|
|Group 7 winners||8 June 2018||1 (2015)|
|Play-off winners||13 November 2018||1 (2015)|
There were 575 goals scored in 169 matches, for an average of 3.4 goals per match.
For full lists of goalscorers, see sections in each group:
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