FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

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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 .

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FIFA Womens World Cup international association football competition

The FIFA Women's World Cup is an international football competition contested by the senior women's national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport's international governing body. The competition has been held every four years since 1991, when the inaugural tournament, then called the FIFA Women's World Championship, was held in China.

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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]

Confederation of African Football governing body of association football in Africa

The Confederation of African Football or CAF is the administrative and controlling body for African association football.

Asian Football Confederation governing body of association football in Asia

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is the governing body of association football in Asia and Australia. It has 47 member countries, mostly located on the Asian and Australian continent, but excludes the transcontinental countries with territory in both Europe and Asia – Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkey – which are instead members of UEFA. Three other states located geographically along the western fringe of Asia – Cyprus, Armenia and Israel – are also UEFA members. On the other hand, Australia, formerly in the OFC, joined the Asian Football Confederation in 2006, and the Oceanian island of Guam, a territory of the United States, is also a member of AFC, in addition to Northern Mariana Islands, one of the Two Commonwealths of the United States. Hong Kong and Macau, although not independent countries, are also members of the AFC.

CONCACAF international sport governing body

The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football is the continental governing body for association football in North America, which includes Central America and the Caribbean region. Three geographically South American entities — the independent nations of Guyana and Suriname and the French overseas department of French Guiana — are also members. CONCACAF's primary functions are to organize competitions for national teams and clubs, and to conduct World Cup and Women's World Cup qualifying tournaments.

Qualification berths by continent

Teams in qualifying
YearTeams
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.

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 + 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
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1
1995
Flag of Sweden.svg
1999
Flag of the United States.svg
2003
Flag of the United States.svg 2
2007
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
2011
Flag of Germany.svg
2015
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
2019
Flag of France.svg
Africa11222233
Asia3232.5++ H2.5++H355
Oceania11111111
Europe54+H6554.5+H88+H
North and Central America
and Caribbean
121.5++H2.52.52.5+3.5+H3.5
South America111.52222.5+2.5
Total1212161616162424

Qualification competition entrants over time

Entrants in continental qualifying tournaments [2] [3]
Continental zone 1991
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
(12)
1995
Flag of Sweden.svg
(12)
1999
Flag of the United States.svg
(16)
2003
Flag of the United States.svg
(16)
2007
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
(16)
2011
Flag of Germany.svg
(16)
2015
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
(24)
2019
Flag of France.svg
(24)
Africa88152235242624
Asia94111817172024
Oceania33610108411
Europe183016 1 16 1 25 1 414646
North and Central America
and Caribbean
8511 2 22 3 32262828
South America35101010101010
Total49556998129126134143
Teams played45526684109119130104
Matches played111135152195263355406198
Goals scored4456558038671,0321,4361,686761

First appearance in qualification by team

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 CupEuropeSouth AmericaNorth, Central America and CaribbeanAsiaAfricaOceaniaTotal
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
1991
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Flag of England.svg  England
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland
Flag of France.svg  France
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland
Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile
Flag of Venezuela (state).svg  Venezuela
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica
Flag of Haiti.svg  Haiti
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg  Trinidad and Tobago
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China PR
Flag of Chinese Taipei (FIFA).svg  Chinese Taipei
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia
Flag of Singapore.svg  Singapore
Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand
Flag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo
Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana
Flag of Guinea.svg  Guinea
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Flag of Papua New Guinea.svg  Papua New Guinea
44
Flag of Sweden.svg
1995
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine
Flag of Wales (1959–present).svg  Wales
Flag of Yugoslavia (1992–2003).svg  FR Yugoslavia
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Flag of Bolivia (state).svg  Bolivia
Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador
nonenoneFlag of Angola.svg  Angola
Flag of Sierra Leone.svg  Sierra Leone
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Flag of Zambia.svg  Zambia
none21
Flag of the United States.svg
1999
noneFlag of Colombia.svg  Colombia
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay
Flag of Peru (state).svg  Peru
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay
Flag of El Salvador.svg  El Salvador
Flag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala
Flag of Guyana.svg  Guyana
Flag of Honduras.svg  Honduras
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico
Flag of Guam.svg  Guam
Flag of India.svg  India
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines
Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan
Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  DR Congo
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Flag of Lesotho.svg  Lesotho
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco
Flag of Mozambique.svg  Mozambique
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia
Flag of Eswatini.svg  Eswatini
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda
Flag of American Samoa.svg  American Samoa
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
24
Flag of the United States.svg
2003
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova noneFlag of the Bahamas.svg  Bahamas
Flag of Belize.svg  Belize
Flag of Dominica.svg  Dominica
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg  Dominican Republic
Flag of Montserrat.svg  Montserrat
Flag of Nicaragua.svg  Nicaragua
Flag of Panama.svg  Panama
Flag of Saint Lucia.svg  Saint Lucia
Flag of Suriname.svg  Suriname
Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg  U.S. Virgin Islands
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia
Flag of Myanmar (1974–2010).svg  Myanmar
Flag of Nepal.svg    Nepal
Flag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam
Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana
Flag of Côte d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea
Flag of Eritrea.svg  Eritrea
Flag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia
Flag of Gabon.svg  Gabon
Flag of Guinea-Bissau.svg  Guinea-Bissau
Flag of Mali.svg  Mali
Flag of Sao Tome and Principe.svg  São Tomé and Príncipe
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal
Flag of Tanzania.svg  Tanzania
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu
21
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg
2007
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro.svg  Serbia and Montenegro
noneFlag of Antigua and Barbuda.svg  Antigua and Barbuda
Flag of Aruba.svg  Aruba
Flag of Barbados.svg  Barbados
Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda
Flag of the British Virgin Islands.svg  British Virgin Islands
Flag of the Cayman Islands.svg  Cayman Islands
Flag of Grenada.svg  Grenada
Flag of the Netherlands Antilles.svg  Netherlands Antilles
Flag of Nicaragua.svg  Nicaragua
Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis.svg  Saint Kitts and Nevis
Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svg  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Flag of the Turks and Caicos Islands.svg  Turks and Caicos Islands
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia
Flag of Maldives.svg  Maldives
Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria
Flag of Benin.svg  Benin
Flag of the Central African Republic.svg  Central African Republic
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg  Congo
Flag of Djibouti.svg  Djibouti
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya
Flag of Libya (1977–2011).svg  Libya
Flag of Malawi.svg  Malawi
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia
Flag of Togo.svg  Togo
Flag of France (1794–1815, 1830–1958).svg  New Caledonia
Flag of the Solomon Islands.svg  Solomon Islands
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
28
Flag of Germany.svg
2011
Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel
Flag of Macedonia.svg  Macedonia
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey
noneFlag of Anguilla.svg  Anguilla
Flag of Belize.svg  Belize
Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran
Flag of Jordan.svg  Jordan
Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan
Flag of Palestine.svg  Palestine
Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia
Flag of French Polynesia.svg  Tahiti
Flag of Vanuatu.svg  Vanuatu
21
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg
2015
Flag of Albania.svg  Albania
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro
nonenoneFlag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain
Flag of Bangladesh.svg  Bangladesh
Flag of Kuwait.svg  Kuwait
Flag of Lebanon.svg  Lebanon
Flag of Burkina Faso.svg  Burkina Faso
Flag of the Comoros.svg  Comoros
Flag of Rwanda.svg  Rwanda
Flag of South Sudan.svg  South Sudan
none11
Flag of France.svg
2019
Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra
Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo
nonenoneFlag of Iraq.svg  Iraq
Flag of Syria.svg  Syria
Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates
Flag of The Gambia.svg  Gambia
Flag of Libya.svg  Libya
New Caledonia flags merged (2017).svg  New Caledonia 9

See also

National team appearances in the FIFA Womens World Cup

This article lists the performances of each of the 36 national teams which have made at least one appearance in the World Cup finals.

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