|Dates||4 April 2015 – 25 October 2016|
|Teams||46 (from 1 confederation)|
|Goals scored||672 (3.86 per match)|
(10 goals each)
The UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying competition was a women's football competition that determined the 15 teams joining the automatically qualified hosts Netherlands in the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 final tournament.
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 Netherlands women's national football team is directed by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB), which is a member of UEFA and FIFA.
The 2017 UEFA Women's Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Women's Euro 2017, was the 12th edition of the UEFA Women's Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organised by UEFA for the women's national teams of Europe. The competition was expanded to 16 teams.
A total of 46 UEFA member national teams, with Andorra entering for the first time at senior women's level, entered the qualifying competition.
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 qualifying competition consisted of three rounds:
In the preliminary round and qualifying group stage, the teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of a group, the following tie-breaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Articles 13.01, 13.02 and 15.01):
To determine the six best runners-up from the qualifying group stage, the results against the teams in fifth place are discarded. The following criteria are applied (Regulations Article 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 Articles 16.01 and 16.02).
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||4–9 April 2015|
|Qualifying group stage||14–22 September 2015|
|19–27 October 2015|
|23 November – 1 December 2015|
|18–26 January 2016|
|29 February – 9 March 2016|
|4–12 April 2016|
|30 May – 7 June 2016|
|12–20 September 2016|
|Play-offs||17–25 October 2016|
The teams were ranked according to their coefficient ranking, calculated based on the following:
The 38 highest-ranked teams entered the qualifying group stage, while the eight lowest-ranked teams entered the preliminary round.The coefficient ranking was also used for seeding in the qualifying group stage draw.
The draw for the preliminary round was held on 19 January 2015, 13:45 CET (UTC+1), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
The teams were divided into two pots: Pot 1 contained the two teams which were pre-selected as hosts (Malta and Moldova), while Pot 2 contained the six remaining teams (Andorra, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Luxembourg). Each group contained one team from Pot 1 and three teams from Pot 2.
|1||3||2||0||1||5||1||+4||6||Qualifying group stage||—||0–1||2–0||—|
|1||3||2||0||1||10||2||+8||6||Qualifying group stage||—||2–0||1–2||—|
The draw for the qualifying group stage was held on 20 April 2015, 14:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
The teams were seeded according to their coefficient ranking (see section Entrants).Each group contained one team from each of the five seeding pots. The two teams which qualified from the preliminary round, Moldova and Georgia, were placed in Pot E for the group stage draw.
To determine the six best second-placed teams from the qualifying group stage which qualified directly for the final tournament and the two remaining second-placed teams which advanced to the play-offs, only the results of the second-placed teams against the first, third, and fourth-placed teams in their group were taken into account, while results against the fifth-placed team were not included. As a result, six matches played by each second-placed team were counted for the purposes of determining the ranking.
The draw for the play-offs (to decide the order of legs) was held on 23 September 2016, 14:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
The play-off winner qualifies for the final tournament.
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
| Portugal ||(a) 1–1||0–0||1–1 (a.e.t.)|
The following 16 teams qualify for the final tournament.
|Team||Qualified as||Qualified on||Previous appearances in tournament 1|
|Hosts||4 December 2014||2 (2009, 2013)|
|Group 1 winners||16 September 2016||2 (2009, 2013)|
|Group 2 winners||7 June 2016||2 (1997, 2013)|
|Group 3 winners||11 April 2016||5 (1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)|
|Group 4 winners||15 September 2016||9 ( 1984 , 1987, 1989, 1995, 1997 , 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 )|
|Group 5 winners||12 April 2016||9 ( 1989 2 , 1991 , 1993, 1995 , 1997 , 2001 , 2005 , 2009 , 2013 )|
|Group 6 winners||4 June 2016||0 (debut)|
|Group 7 winners||7 June 2016||7 (1984, 1987, 1995, 2001, 2005 , 2009, 2013)|
|Group 8 winners||7 June 2016||10 ( 1987 , 1989, 1991, 1993 , 1995, 1997 , 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)|
|Best six runners-up||16 September 2016||0 (debut)|
|Best six runners-up||20 September 2016||8 (1984, 1991 , 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)|
|Best six runners-up||20 September 2016||10 (1984, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993 , 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)|
|Best six runners-up||16 September 2016||0 (debut)|
|Best six runners-up||20 September 2016||0 (debut)|
|Best six runners-up||20 September 2016||4 (1997, 2001, 2009, 2013)|
|Play-off winners||25 October 2016||0 (debut)|
Players with six goals or more.
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