UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifying

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UEFA Women's Euro 2021 qualifying
Tournament details
Dates26 August 2019 – 27 October 2020
Teams47 (from 1 confederation)
2017
2025

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]

Association football team field sport

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.

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The 2021 UEFA Women's Championship will be the 13th edition of the UEFA Women's Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organised by UEFA for the women's national teams of Europe. It will be the second edition since it was expanded to 16 teams. The championship will be held in England from 11 July–1 August 2021, with the final to take place at the Wembley Stadium. England last hosted the tournament in 2005, the last edition featuring eight teams.

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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]

The Cyprus women's national football team represents Cyprus in international women's football.

The Kosovo women's national football team represents Kosovo in international women's football and is controlled by the Football Federation of Kosovo.

Format

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]

Tiebreakers

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 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 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]

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.

Schedule

The qualifying matches are played on dates that fall within the FIFA Women's International Match Calendar.

StageFIFA International Dates
Qualifying group stage26 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-offs19–27 October 2020

Qualifying group stage

Draw

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]

The teams were seeded according to their coefficient ranking, calculated based on the following: [4]

Each group contained one team from each of Pots A–E (two teams from Pot E for six-team group). For political reasons, Kosovo would not be drawn in the same group as Bosnia and Herzegovina or Serbia.

Final tournament hosts
Team
Flag of England.svg  England
Teams entering qualifying group stage
Pot 1
TeamCoeffRank
Flag of France.svg  France 40,7751
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 40,4052
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 40,0033
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 39,1814
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 36,6085
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 36,0606
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 35,4817
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 35,2378
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 34,7419
Pot 2
TeamCoeffRank
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 33,50310
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 32,93511
Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 32,01212
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 32,00713
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 28,18714
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 28,04215
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 27,26016
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 25,90717
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 25,00718
Pot 3
TeamCoeffRank
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 25,00219
Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 24,61720
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 23,71221
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 22,43222
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 19,84623
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 18,20724
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 17,60125
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 17,05626
Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 16,36127
Pot 4
TeamCoeffRank
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 16,14228
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 16,04629
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 15,92130
Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 14,96631
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 14,86832
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 12,77133
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 12,45334
Flag of Albania.svg  Albania 10,89935
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 8,23736
Pot 5
TeamCoeffRank
Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 7,77737
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 7,55638
Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 7,24239
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 7,22540
Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 7,10641
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 6,50042
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 5,70243
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 4,97344
Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 045
Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 045
Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 045
Notes
Did not enter
Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria Flag of Gibraltar.svg  Gibraltar
Flag of Liechtenstein.svg  Liechtenstein Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg Flag of San Marino.svg  San Marino

Groups

Group A

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 00000000 Final tournament
2Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 00000000 Final tournament if among three best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
3Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 00000000
4Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 00000000
5Flag of Kosovo.svg  Kosovo 00000000
6Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 00000000
First match(es) will be played on 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Group B

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 00000000 Final tournament
2Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 00000000 Final tournament if among three best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
3Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 00000000
4Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 00000000
5Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 00000000
6Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 00000000
First match(es) will be played on 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Group C

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 00000000 Final tournament
2Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 00000000 Final tournament if among three best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
3Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 00000000
4Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 00000000
5Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg  Faroe Islands 00000000
First match(es) will be played on 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Group D

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 00000000 Final tournament
2Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 00000000 Final tournament if among three best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
3Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 00000000
4Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 00000000
5Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan 00000000
First match(es) will be played on 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Group E

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 00000000 Final tournament
2Flag of Finland.svg  Finland 00000000 Final tournament if among three best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
3Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 00000000
4Flag of Albania.svg  Albania 00000000
5Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 00000000
First match(es) will be played on 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Group F

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 00000000 Final tournament
2Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 00000000 Final tournament if among three best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
3Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 00000000
4Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia 00000000
5Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 00000000
First match(es) will be played on 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Group G

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of France.svg  France 00000000 Final tournament
2Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 00000000 Final tournament if among three best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
3Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 00000000
4Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 00000000
5Flag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 00000000
First match(es) will be played on 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Group H

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 00000000 Final tournament
2Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 00000000 Final tournament if among three best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
3Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 00000000
4Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 00000000
5Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 00000000
First match(es) will be played on 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Group I

PosTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 00000000 Final tournament
2Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 00000000 Final tournament if among three best runners-up
(Play-offs otherwise)
3Flag of Ireland.svg  Republic of Ireland 00000000
4Flag of Greece.svg  Greece 00000000
5Flag of Montenegro.svg  Montenegro 00000000
First match(es) will be played on 2019. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Ranking of second-placed teams

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, while results against the sixth-placed team in six-team groups are not included. As a result, eight matches played by each second-placed team are counted for the purposes of determining the ranking.

PosGrpTeamPldWDLGFGAGDPtsQualification
1 A Group A second place00000000 Final tournament
2 B Group B second place00000000
3 C Group C second place00000000
4 D Group D second place00000000 Play-offs
5 E Group E second place00000000
6 F Group F second place00000000
7 G Group G second place00000000
8 H Group H second place00000000
9 I Group I second place00000000
First match(es) will be played on 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.

Play-offs

Draw

The draw for the play-offs will be held on 25 September 2020, to decide the matchups and the order of legs.

Matches

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

Team 1 Agg. Team 21st leg2nd leg
TBDTBD
TBDTBD
TBDTBD

Qualified teams

The following 16 teams qualify for the final tournament.

TeamQualified asQualified onPrevious appearances in Women's Euro 1
Flag of England.svg  England Hosts3 December 2018 [1] 8 (1984, 1987, 1995, 2001, 2005 , 2009, 2013, 2017)
TBD Group A winners2020
TBD Group B winners2020
TBD Group C winners2020
TBD Group D winners2020
TBD Group E winners2020
TBD Group F winners2020
TBD Group G winners2020
TBD Group H winners2020
TBD Group I winners2020
TBD Best three runners-up 2020
TBD Best three runners-up 2020
TBD Best three runners-up 2020
TBD Play-off winnersOctober 2020
TBD Play-off winnersOctober 2020
TBD Play-off winnersOctober 2020
1Bold indicates champions for that year. Italic indicates hosts for that year.

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