European teams know their roadmap for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup ™. The group stage draw took place on April 30 and was broadcast live on UEFA.com from the confederation’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
The 51 vying selections have been split into nine groups (six pools of six, three of five) – as follows – and will compete between September 2021 and September 2022.
Group A : Sweden, Finland, Republic of Ireland, Slovakia, Georgia
Group B : Spain, Scotland, Ukraine, Hungary, Faroe Islands
Group C : Netherlands, Iceland, Czech Republic, Belarus, Cyprus
Group D : England, Austria, Northern Ireland, North Macedonia, Latvia, Luxembourg
Group E : Denmark, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Azerbaijan, Malta, Montenegro
Group F : Norway, Belgium, Poland, Albania, Kosovo, Armenia
Group G : Italy, Switzerland, Romania, Croatia, Moldova, Lithuania
Group H : Germany, Portugal, Serbia, Israel, Turkey, Bulgaria
Group I : France, Wales, Slovenia, Greece, Kazakhstan, Estonia
Only two European countries have won the Women’s World Cup so far. Norway lifted the trophy in 1995, while Germany managed the assist two in 2003 and 2007.
Thanks to the worldwide growth of women’s football, a record number of participants are on the starting line and several European teams will make their debut in the event. Cyprus and Luxembourg will thus take part for the first time in a full qualification phase.
The winners of the nine groups will advance directly to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia New Zealand 2023 ™.
The runners-up will play in the UEFA play-offs in October 2022 to win the two remaining direct tickets. The best third will advance to the intercontinental draft.
FIFA recently announced that 10 stadiums in 9 Australian and New Zealand cities will host matches in this first-ever co-hosted tournament, which will also be the first to feature 32 teams.
You can find more information on the work FIFA is doing to accelerate the growth and development of women’s football by clicking on the following links: