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Re: Women's World Cup hopefuls await draw
« Reply #20 on: October 31, 2009, 01:49:09 PM »
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Scotland's group is quite good should make one of the play off places...
Well, as only the winner makes it to the play-off, do you think Scotland is capable of beating Denmark?

After this weeks results we may not need to, just get a draw in one of the last two games....Obviously we'll need to win the rest of the other group games and I dare say if Bulgaria are taking points off Denmark then they'll need to be looked at quite closely... So far so good just hope things don't hit the...
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Re: Women's World Cup hopefuls await draw
« Reply #21 on: November 28, 2009, 02:55:58 PM »
The last FIFA Women's World Cup qualifiers of 2009 were played this week with Spain and England made to work hard to maintain their pefect records, Finland coach Michael Käld bowing out on a high and Belarus taking a point off the Netherlands. With only the group winners progressing to the play-offs next summer for a chance to join hosts Germany in the finals, uefa.com reviews the latest games. Click on the individual group headings for full standings and results.

Group 1
Goals from Gaëtane Thiney and Camille Abily gave France a 2-0 victory in Serbia, a fourth straight win and a three-point lead over Iceland in the only six-team group. Northern Ireland are six points behind Iceland with two games in hand. On 27 March, France play Northern Ireland, Iceland visit Serbia and two of the three winless sides, Croatia and Estonia, are matched. Four days later France visit Northern Ireland, Iceland are in Croatia and Serbia host Estonia.

Group 2
In the only November game, UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ semi-finalists the Netherlands were held 1-1 by improving Belarus, allowing Norway to end the year two points clear of both teams, with the Oranje having played three matches to their rivals' two. Slovakia are a point further back. Norway, who also reached the last four in Finland, have already beaten the Dutch, and resume their campaign at home to point-less FYR Macedonia on 27 March, when the Netherlands face Slovakia. Three days later Norway visit Belarus and on 1 April, Slovakia take on the Netherlands at home.

Group 3
The top two were not in action in November, with Denmark having seven points from three games and Scotland having two wins out of two. Greece are also on six points, from four games, after beating bottom side Georgia 4-0. On 27 March, Denmark host Bulgaria and Scotland visit Georgia and five days later it is Denmark's turn to go to Georgia and Scotland welcome Bulgaria, with the current top two meeting on 24 June and 25 August.

Group 4
This group is shaping up to be very close indeed. Poland, who have already beaten UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifiers Ukraine but lost in Hungary, were not in action this month yet remain top with nine points from four games. Hungary drew 1-1 at home with Ukraine after Zsanett Jakabfi's opener was cancelled out by Tetyana Chorna, and are within a point of Poland. Ukraine are four points further back with a game in hand, as are Romania. Ukraine play Hungary in a crucial 27 March fixture, when Romania visit Bosnia-Herzegovina. Four days later Poland go to Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina are in Hungary.

Group 5
In their home November fixtures against the top two, Turkey lost 5-0 to Spain, all the goals coming after the break, and went down 3-0 to UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ runners-up England having held them at bay for 77 minutes. Spain and England both have perfect records from four and two games respectively and are matched on 1 April. Seven days before that England play Austria and on 27 March, Malta meet Turkey with both sides looking for a first point in major competition. Adriana's six-minute hat-trick for Spain against Turkey took her qualifying tally to nine, the best in Europe.

Group 6
Russia moved three points clear of the teams they beat in their first two fixtures, Switzerland and the Republic of Ireland, with a 6-1 win in Israel on 17 November which prolonged their perfect start. Ireland, who have played a game more than the top two, visit Israel on Sunday 21 March. The following weekend Switzerland face Israel and Russia go to Kazakhstan. Then on 31 March, Ireland play Switzerland.

Group 7
This month Portugal got off the mark with a 4-0 win away at UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ play-off contenders Slovenia, and then both Finland – in their last game under Käld – and Italy beat Armenia 7-0. Laura Österberg Kalmari scored a hat-trick in Helsinki. Italy and Finland both have 12 points from four games, with the Azzurre having 25 unanswered goals, ten more than their rivals. On 31 March, Finland go to Italy, who visit Portugal four days earlier, when Slovenia play Armenia.

Group 8
Belgium drew 0-0 in Azerbaijan but then won 2-1 in the Czech Republic to go within two points of leaders Sweden. However, Sweden have won all three of their games while Belgium have played five. Azerbaijan, on their debut top-level campaign, now have four points from three games and are one ahead of Wales and the Czech Republic. In the next set of games, Azerbaijan play the Czech Republic before Wales visit Belgium and then welcome Sweden.

http://www.uefa.com/competitions/wowc/news/kind=1/newsid=925725.html

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European nations with home advantage
« Reply #22 on: March 20, 2010, 01:06:38 PM »
The first leg of the final FIFA Women's World Cup 2011™ play-off between the third-placed CONCACAF nation and the fifth-placed team in UEFA qualifying will take place in Europe on 20 November 2010. The second leg will be played on 27 November 2010 in the CONCACAF Zone. The news was confirmed following Wednesday's draw at FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

The draw was conducted by Worawi Makudi, Chairman of the Committee for Women's Football and the FIFA Women's World Cup. Also present were Michel Platini, UEFA President and Member of the FIFA Executive Committee, CONCACAF representative Jason Blazer and FIFA Director of Competitions Jim Brown

In the North, Central American and Caribbean Zone, the top two nations in each group will qualify directly for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011. In the European Zone, the eight group winners will be paired together in two-legged play-offs to determine the first four qualifiers for the finals. The four runners-up will then meet in a further play-off round to determine the nation that will face the third-placed team from the North, Central American and Caribbean Zone in the final play-off tie.

http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=1182285.html#european+nations+with+home+advantage

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Race to Women's World Cup resumes
« Reply #23 on: March 25, 2010, 04:50:02 PM »
Some crucial FIFA Women's World Cup qualifiers are played over the next week with four perfect records on the line as Italy play Finland and England take on Spain.

FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying is back under way with only the eight group winners in August earning the chance to play off for places in the 2011 finals in Germany. Some potentially decisive matches are played this week, most notable Italy against Finland on Wednesday and England versus Spain the following night. UEFA.com looks at the state of play.

Group 1
Just as in their UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009 qualifying group, France and Iceland are locked in a two-horse race in the only six-team pool. France beat Iceland 2-0 in October so after four games each are three points ahead. On Saturday Iceland visit Serbia and France welcome third-placed Northern Ireland, who have three points from two games. Croatia also play Estonia before taking on Iceland on Wednesday, when France have their return against Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Group 2
Norway, World Cup winners in 1995, have won both their games to lead Belarus and the Netherlands by two points. The Dutch have played a game more, having lost to fellow EURO semi-finalists Norway, and Slovakia are a point further back before Saturday's trip to the Netherlands. On that day Norway play FYR Macedonia and they go to Belarus on Tuesday, two days before the Netherlands visit Belarus.

Group 3
Leaders Denmark were surprisingly held in Bulgaria in October but hope to put that right in Saturday's return in Vejle. Scotland, a point behind the Danes with a game in hand, have won both matches and hope to continue that in Georgia, who Denmark visit next Thursday. Scotland play Bulgaria in Falkirk that night. Greece, level on points with Scotland having played two games more, return to action in Georgia on 15 April.

Group 4
Poland are the surprise leaders with nine points from four games, one more than Hungary and five ahead of EURO qualifiers Ukraine, who have played a match fewer. The bottom two Bosnia-Herzegovina and Romania meet on Saturday. Four days later Poland visit Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina welcome Hungary, who make the trip to Ukraine on 21 April.

Group 5
As in Group 1 there is a replay of EURO qualifying with Spain and England competing for first place, and neither has dropped a point ahead of next Thursday's meeting at Millwall FC. England have won two games to Spain's four and their third fixture is at home to Austria tonight. On Saturday point-less Malta and Turkey meet.

Group 6
In the first qualifier of 2010 on Sunday, the Republic of Ireland won 3-0 in Israel to move level with Russia though the leaders have two games in hand, as do Switzerland who are three points back. On Saturday Switzerland play Israel and the following day Russia take their perfect record to Kazakhstan. Ireland hope to avenge September's 2-0 defeat in Switzerland when they play again on Wednesday.

Group 7
Both Italy and Finland have four wins out of four, making Wednesday's fixture in Ascoli pivotal. Italy will hope to have opened up a gap after their Saturday visit to third-placed Portugal, who play Armenia on Wednesday. The trip to Italy will be new Finland coach Andrée Jeglertz's first competitive game in charge.

Group 8
Sweden have nine points from three games and are in control of the group. Belgium are two points behind but have played five times, though they can stay in contention when Wales – Sweden's opponents on Wednesday – visit on Sunday. The Czech Republic are the surprise occupants of fifth place but can revive their campaign in Azerbaijan on Saturday before a trip to Belgium.

http://www.uefa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=1467332.html

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Azzurre through, Swiss impress
« Reply #24 on: June 23, 2010, 10:45:14 PM »
Italy clinched a place in the FIFA Women's World Cup play-offs this week but although the other seven groups are yet to be decided, the potential lineup has become much clearer. England and Norway both came from behind for draws that leave them in very strong positions, fellow 2007 qualifiers Sweden moved closer to ensuring top spot in their pool and Switzerland won 3-0 in Russia to turn their group on its head.

Only the eight group winners when the qualifying round concluces on 25 August will go into the two-legged ties to produce four teams to join hosts and holders Germany in next summer's finals. The four play-off losers will then compete for a further place in the UEFA-CONCACAF play-off. UEFA.com looks at the state of play and ahead to the coming fixtures.

Group 1
As expected, the sole six-team group will be decided when France visit Iceland on 21 August. Both sides won twice this week; Les Bleues beating Croatia 3-0 and prevailing 6-0 in Estonia while Iceland defeated Northern Ireland 2-0 before also overcoming Croatia 3-0. France have not dropped a point and beat Iceland 2-0 at home so Siggi Eyjólfsson's side must win by three goals in the Reykjavik rematch to have a realistic chance of qualifying. A draw would confirm Les Bleues in first place regardless of what happens on 25 August when they play Serbia and Iceland visit Estonia.

Group 2
Norway's 2-2 draw in the Netherlands on Saturday kept them in full control of the group, though having fallen behind early in Zwolle the visitors then led before substitute Anouk Dekker's 80th-minute equaliser. That goal meant Norway's 3-0 defeat of Belarus on Wednesday did not clinch first place but a point in either of their remaining games in Slovakia on 21 August or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia four days later would send Eli Landsem's side into the play-offs.

Group 3
On Saturday, Denmark beat Greece 7-0 and Scotland won 5-0 in Bulgaria to set the scene for Thursday's first meeting of the top two in Kilmarnock. Visitors Denmark won 1-0 and Scotland trail by four points with two games left to the leaders' one. Scotland must both beat Greece on 21 August and win in Denmark four days later to snatch first place.

Group 4
No group has had more twists and they continued this week. Leaders Poland were held 0-0 by Hungary on Saturday, effectively ending the hopes of the second-placed visitors, while top seeds Ukraine won 5-0 in in Bosnia-Herzegovina. However, on Wednesday, Ukraine themselves drew 0-0 in Romania, who still retained mathematical hopes themselves, and Poland beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 the next day to move five points clear of Anatoliy Kutsev's side. Ukraine have a game in hand against Romania on 21 August and need to win that match and then beat Poland in Chernigov four days later to pip their fellow UEFA EURO 2012 hosts to top spot.

Group 5
In Saturday's crunch tie in Aranda de Duero, Spain needed to beat England by two goals to wrest the initiative from the 2007 quarter-finalists, and after 67 minutes led by that margin only for the visitors to come back to draw 2-2. Spain beat Malta 9-0 in their last fixture on Thursday, Adriana adding four goals to her one against England to take her tally to a competition-leading 16, but a win for England against either Turkey in Walsall on 29 July or in Austria on 21 August would be enough for Hope Powell's team.

Group 6
Russia welcomed Switzerland on Saturday having not dropped a point and knowing a win would virtually seal first place. Instead Switzerland secured a stunning 3-0 result with Selina Kuster's 18th-minute strike added two by a pair of late goals within 60 seconds from Ramona Bachmann, and they went on to clinch a 4-2 victory in Kazakhstan. Russia beat Israel 4-0 on Thursday but Switzerland will go into the play-offs with a home win against point-less Kazakhstan on 21 August.

Group 7
Italy sealed first place with a 3-1 win in Finland on Wednesday. Finland were unbeaten up to that point but they are six points behind with only the visit of Slovenia on 25 August to come.

Group 8
Sweden missed the chance to decide things this week as they were held 0-0 at home by the second-placed Czech Republic on Saturday. However, Sweden's 17-0 defeat of Azerbaijan on Wednesday, equalling the record margin of victory in a senior UEFA women's competition, left them six points clear with two games left and they need only a point either in the Czech Republic on 21 August or at home to Wales four days later

http://www.uefa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=1501062.html
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Play-off race reaches final stretch
« Reply #25 on: August 21, 2010, 04:28:40 PM »
The FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying groups conclude on Saturday and Wednesday with six teams to earn places alongside England and Italy in the 30 August play-off draw.

England and Italy are already through to the FIFA Women's World Cup play-offs; six teams will join them when the qualifying group stage concludes over the next week.

Only the eight group winners will enter the draw on 30 August with Sweden, Norway, France, Denmark and surprise packages Poland and Switzerland in pole position. Most of those sides, though, must face their nearest challengers in the deciding matches on Saturday and Wednesday.

The play-off draw will be seeded according to results in this qualifying competition and that for UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009. The winners will join Germany in the finals next summer while the losers will then compete for a further place in the UEFA-CONCACAF play-off.

Group 1
In UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009 qualifying, France had to beat Iceland in the final match to secure top spot in their group and duly did so. Fortunes are reversed this time as Les Bleues are top with eight straight wins and 42 unanswered goals in the sole six-team pool. A point in Reykjavik on Saturday would wrap up the group for France and as they beat their rivals 2-0 at home, Iceland will need a three-goal win to take the head-to-head lead before Wednesday's fixtures, when they visit Estonia and Bruno Bini's team play Serbia.

Group 2
Norway, world champions in 1995, drew 2-2 in the Netherlands in June and need just a point from either their trip to Slovakia on Saturday or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia four days later. If Norway lose both, then the Netherlands would finish top if they win in Belarus on Saturday.

Group 3
Unbeaten Denmark's 1-0 June win in Scotland is the key result in the group, as they lead their rivals by four points with one game left to their rivals' two. To snatch top spot, Scotland must beat Greece on Saturday and defeat Denmark in Vejle on Wednesday. Although Denmark, yet to concede a goal, only need a point for first place, a win could prove vital for them in the race for play-off seeding.

Group 4
Four teams have been in contention in this section but now only Poland and Ukraine can make the play-offs. The former are not in action on Saturday but would win the group then if Ukraine do not defeat Romania in Chernigov. Should Ukraine secure victory, they would overtake Poland if they win the meeting of the two contenders in the same venue four days later.

Group 5
England's 3-0 win against Turkey at the end of July put them beyond the reach of Spain. However, the competition for play-off seeding means England's trip to third-placed Austria on Saturday remains of importance.

Group 6
Switzerland's away wins in the Republic of Ireland and Russia have put them on the verge of an unexpected play-off place. That would be confirmed with a win at home to bottom side Kazakhstan on Saturday. If Switzerland slip up, then top seeds Russia could overtake them with victory in Ireland on Saturday and at home to Kazakhstan on Wednesday.

Group 7
Italy clinched first place on 23 June with a 3-1 win away to their nearest challengers Finland in the Azzurre's last group fixture.

Group 8
Sweden are six points ahead of the Czech Republic with two games to go and would make sure of first place with a point in Prague on Saturday. Even if the Czech Republic win, they would still need to defeat Azerbaijan on Wednesday and hope Sweden lose in Wales.

http://www.uefa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=1513639.html

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Re: Women's World Cup hopefuls await draw
« Reply #26 on: August 21, 2010, 05:34:22 PM »
Sweden through and confirmed seeds. Can not finish worse than fourth overall.
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Women's World Cup play-off draw on Monday
« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2010, 01:14:25 PM »
UEFA president Michel Platini will make the play-off draw at 14.00CET on Monday with seeds France, Sweden, Norway and England to face one of Denmark, Italy, Ukraine or Switzerland.

Eight teams will enter the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying play-off draw at 14.00CET on Monday, to be made made by Michael Platini, the UEFA president.

The eight qualifying round group winners will compete on 11/12 and 15/16 September in four two-legged ties, after which the victors will join hosts and holders Germany in next summer's finals. Sweden, France, Norway and England will be seeded, with Denmark, Italy, Ukraine and Switzerland forming their possible opposition. The seeding was determined, as per the regulations, by qualifying results for this competition and UEFA Women's EURO 2009, and that meant Denmark finished just behind fourth-placed England after being held 0-0 by Scotland on Wednesday.

In the draw, the balls containing the names of the four seeded teams will be placed in one bowl and the balls containing the names of the four unseeded teams will be placed in another. A ball will be taken from each bowl and placed in an empty bowl in the middle, where they will be stirred. The first team drawn will play its first match at home against the second team drawn. This procedure will be repeated until all the pairings are complete.

While the four play-off winners will be assured of final tournament places, the teams defeated in those ties will not be out of the competition altogether. They will then compete in further two-legged knockout fixtures in October – also to be drawn on Monday – with the eventual winners going on to face the third-ranked CONCACAF side for an additional berth in the 16-team final tournament due to take place from 26 June to 17 July 2011.

http://en.uefa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=1518540.html

Come on Michel give us an easy draw like Italy or Switzerland

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« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2010, 04:11:54 PM »
UEFA president Michel Platini will make the play-off draw at 14.00CET on Monday with seeds France, Sweden, Norway and England to face one of Denmark, Italy, Ukraine or Switzerland.

Eight teams will enter the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying play-off draw at 14.00CET on Monday, to be made made by Michael Platini, the UEFA president.

The eight qualifying round group winners will compete on 11/12 and 15/16 September in four two-legged ties, after which the victors will join hosts and holders Germany in next summer's finals. Sweden, France, Norway and England will be seeded, with Denmark, Italy, Ukraine and Switzerland forming their possible opposition. The seeding was determined, as per the regulations, by qualifying results for this competition and UEFA Women's EURO 2009, and that meant Denmark finished just behind fourth-placed England after being held 0-0 by Scotland on Wednesday.

In the draw, the balls containing the names of the four seeded teams will be placed in one bowl and the balls containing the names of the four unseeded teams will be placed in another. A ball will be taken from each bowl and placed in an empty bowl in the middle, where they will be stirred. The first team drawn will play its first match at home against the second team drawn. This procedure will be repeated until all the pairings are complete.

While the four play-off winners will be assured of final tournament places, the teams defeated in those ties will not be out of the competition altogether. They will then compete in further two-legged knockout fixtures in October – also to be drawn on Monday – with the eventual winners going on to face the third-ranked CONCACAF side for an additional berth in the 16-team final tournament due to take place from 26 June to 17 July 2011.

http://en.uefa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=1518540.html

Come on Michel give us an easy draw like Italy or Switzerland
You got your wish then? Unless you were thinking of France not England..?

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« Reply #29 on: August 30, 2010, 04:33:16 PM »
Come on Michel give us an easy draw like Italy or Switzerland

You got your wish then? Unless you were thinking of France not England..?

He definitely got his wish as France will play Italy and England will face Switzerland... ;D

France - Italy
England - Switzerland
Ukraine - Norway
Sweden - Denmark

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Re: Women's World Cup hopefuls await draw
« Reply #30 on: September 02, 2010, 12:38:29 AM »
My bet is the trio Dickenmann Crnogorcevic Bachmann will  give a hard time the england back 4 + brown but England to win 5-3 on agregate

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Re: Women's World Cup hopefuls await draw
« Reply #31 on: September 16, 2010, 12:52:43 PM »
France and Norway are through to the World Cup.

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« Reply #32 on: September 16, 2010, 10:09:52 PM »
My bet is the trio Dickenmann Crnogorcevic Bachmann will  give a hard time the england back 4 + brown but England to win 5-3 on agregate

almost 100% correct

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Four European Teams Qualify for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup
« Reply #33 on: September 17, 2010, 10:26:36 PM »
Posted by WNTBlog at 9/16/2010 6:56 PM CDT

Half the field has been set for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany following the completion of the second legs of the European playoffs last Thursday.  Norway, Sweden, France and England all won their playoff series and join host Germany and Asian qualifiers Korea DPR, Australia and Japan in the Women’s World Cup which kicks off June 26, 2011.

Norway had the easiest time of it, defeating Ukraine 2-0 to win the series 3-0 on aggregate.  France picked up one of the biggest wins in its women’s soccer history, defeating Italy, 3-2, in Gubbio, Italy after a 0-0 draw during the first leg in France.  England won its first leg 2-0 over Switzerland and raced to another 2-0 lead in Wohlen, Switzerland, before having its goalkeeper red-carded just before halftime and giving up a goal.  England then scored playing a woman down and despite giving up another goal, won handily on aggregate, 5-2.

The most drama came in the Sweden-Denmark series.  Sweden took the first leg 2-1 in Gothenburg, but found itself down 2-0 (and 3-2 in aggregate) after giving up two goals in three minutes at the end of the first half.  Sweden’s Charlotte Rohlin then tied the game on aggregate in the 73rd minute and avoided penalty kicks with another goal four minutes into extra time.

The World Cup dreams for Ukraine, Denmark, Italy and Switzerland are not over, however, as the Danes will face the Swiss and Ukraine will face the Italians in two-leg playoff semifinals.  The winners of those ties will play a two-leg final with the winner of that earning the right to face the third-place finisher in CONCACAF for the final berth to Germany.

Norway and Sweden qualified for a sixth straight Women’s World Cup tournament while France will be competing for just the second time (the French made their WWC debut in 2003) and England for its third (1995, 2007).

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Euro quartet on cloud nine
« Reply #34 on: September 28, 2010, 07:25:21 PM »


Four European teams are already celebrating their qualification for the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011™. As well as Germany, who qualify automatically as hosts, fans can look forward to seeing France, Norway, England and Sweden at the finals next year, after the quartet secured their places with victory in the play-offs.

Sweden full of confidence
The clash between Sweden and Denmark promised plenty of drama from the moment the Scandinavian duo's names were drawn together. With the nations rated fourth and tenth respectively on the FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking, the tie itself certainly did not disappoint.

Thomas Dennerby's Sweden ran out 2-1 winners in the first leg thanks to goals from Linda Forsberg and Lotta Schelin. That result left things delicately poised ahead of the return in Vejle, where the Danes pushed their Swedish visitors all the way. Indeed, it took extra time to determine the victor, a brace from Charlotte Rohlin eventually ensuring Sweden maintained their record of never missing a FIFA Women's World Cup.

"I think we can look back on this as our best year in a long time. I actually believe my squad is the best national team we've ever had," explained Dennerby recently in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com.

England and Norway clinical
Having never made it to a FIFA Women's World Cup in the past, Switzerland were one of the surprise packages of the qualifying campaign, leaving strong favourites Russia in their wake in European Zone Group 6. However, Beatrice von Siebenthal's girls were unable to cause a similar shock in the play-offs against their English counterparts, who all but assured their place at the finals with a 2-0 first-leg victory.

The Swiss put in a spirited performance in the return leg but were unable to prevent a 3-2 defeat. England, meanwhile, who reached the final of the UEFA Women's European Championships in 2009, can look forward to their third appearance at a FIFA Women's World Cup. "I'm delighted that we're going to be there in Germany. It hasn't quite sunk in yet, but we've done it and fulfilled our task. I'm very relieved," said head coach Hope Powell.

Another side who missed out on qualification in the first round of play-offs was Ukraine. Coach Anatoliy Kutsev's attacking charges were unable to penetrate a solid Norwegian defence, the Gresshoppene securing a comfortable 3-0 aggregate win to qualify for their sixth consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup.

France qualify for a second time
Last but by no means least, France and Italy went head to head in the remaining fixture with both sides confident of a place at the finals. After the first leg in Besancon finished goalless, there was all to play for in Gubbio, Italy, where the hosts took an early lead in a close-fought affair.

However, Elise Bussaglia (53), Gaetane Thiney (58) and Sonia Bompastor (90+2) turned the tie in France's favour in the second half, and, despite a late consolation from Guilia Domenichetti (90+3), there was to be no way back for La Nazionale. "It's our reward for a year of hard work," said Bleuettes captain Ophelie Meilleroux on her side's second qualification for the tournament.

Play-off results
France 0-0 Italy
Italy 2-3 France

England 2-0 Switzerland
Switzerland 2-3 England

Ukraine 0-1 Norway
Norway 2-0 Ukraine

Sweden 2-1 Denmark
Denmark 2-2 (aet) Sweden

Not over yet...
The good news for losers of the first round of play-offs is that their dreams of a place at the finals are not over just yet. They will now play in a further knockout round to determine who will take on the third-placed team in North, Central America and Caribbean qualifying for the final place at Germany 2011.

Ukraine face Italy and Denmark take on Switzerland, with the matches to be played on 2/3 and 6/7 October.

Round 1: 2/3 & 6/7 October
1: Loser Play-off 4 (Denmark) - Loser Play-off 2 (Switzerland)
2: Loser Play-off 3 (Ukraine) - Loser Play-off 1 (Italy)

Round 2: 23/24 & 27/28 October
Winner match 1 v Winner match 2

The winner of this match will takes on the third-placed team in the CONCACAF Championship.

http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=1303859.html#euro+quartet+cloud+nine

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Re: Women's World Cup hopefuls await draw
« Reply #35 on: November 13, 2010, 03:37:32 PM »
As of today teams qualified are

Host  : Germany
Europe : France, England, Sweden and Norway
Oceania : New Zealand
Asia : Australia, North Korea and Japan
Africa : Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea
Concacaf : Canada, Mexico
South America: Brasil, Colombia
UEFA/Concacaf play-off Italia/USA
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Re: Women's World Cup hopefuls await draw
« Reply #36 on: November 20, 2010, 10:03:22 PM »
College senior Alex Morgan (21) scored a 94th-minute winner for the US team who triumphed 1-0 in Padova, Italy today. The Yanks put enormous pressure on towards the end and finally converted; they're in Germany 2011 as long as they don't concede twice at home.

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Re: Women's World Cup hopefuls await draw
« Reply #37 on: November 20, 2010, 10:18:20 PM »
It looks like the US team is not as good as its predecessor really.  ???

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Re: Women's World Cup hopefuls await draw
« Reply #38 on: November 27, 2010, 11:10:56 PM »
The 16 qualified teams are

Host  : Germany
Europe : France, England, Sweden and Norway
Oceania : New Zealand
Asia : Australia, North Korea and Japan
Africa : Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea
Concacaf : Canada, Mexico, USA
South America: Brasil, Colombia


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Re: Women's World Cup hopefuls await draw
« Reply #39 on: November 28, 2010, 01:46:08 PM »
Pot 1:
GERMANY (UEFA/2 - white ball)
JAPAN (AFC/5 - red ball)
USA (CONCACAF/1 - yellow ball)
BRAZIL (CONMEBOL/3 - blue ball)

Pot 2:
AUSTRALIA (AFC/12)
KOREA DPR (AFC/6)
CANADA (CONCACAF/9)
MEXICO (CONCACAF/22)

Pot 3:
NIGERIA (CAF/27)
EQUATORIAL GUINEA (CAF/62)
NEW ZEALAND (OFC/23)
COLOMBIA(CONMEBOL/32)

Pot 4:
ENGLAND (UEFA/10)
FRANCE (UEFA/8)
SWEDEN (UEFA/4)
NORWAY (UEFA/7)