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England, Norway, Sweden close to joining Swiss
« Reply #20 on: July 22, 2014, 11:25:36 AM »
In a week where Switzerland became the first European team to qualify, England, Sweden and Norway moved closer with crucial wins, but Finland suffered a costly loss in Austria.

The seven group winners qualify and the four runners-up with the best records against the sides finishing first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups go into the play-offs next autumn for the one remaining UEFA berth in the expanded 24-team finals, for which the hosts and Switzerland have already been joined by holders Japan, Australia, China, South Korea and Thailand.

Group 1
Germany have won all eight games and warmed up for what looks a likely qualification by visiting finals hosts Canada and beating them 2-1 in a Vancouver friendly. In the race behind them, Russia remain five points ahead of the Republic of Ireland and have reduced Germany's lead to eight points.

On Saturday, Russia won 2-1 in Slovenia while Ireland needed a last-gasp Denise O'Sullivan goal to defeat Croatia 1-0. Russia and Ireland then drew 0-0 on Thursday. On 20 August, Ireland host Slovenia the day before Russia play Slovakia. Even if both win, Germany will only need a draw in Russia on 13 September, or at home to Ireland four days later, to confirm first place.

Group 2
Italy secured an impressive 4-0 win in the Czech Republic, with Patrizia Panico scoring twice to take her international tally to 105 and reducing the gap to leaders Spain to three points with two games left. Still, with a head-to-head advantage, Spain only need three points from their trips to Romania on 13 September and the Czech Republic four days later to clinch a World Cup debut, even if Italy beat Estonia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Group 3
Switzerland were the first European team to qualify when they overcame Israel 9-0 on Saturday with six different scorers – though it took a 1-1 draw between Denmark and Iceland the following day to confirm their progress. For good measure, Switzerland – who have never previously reached a major finals – won 7-0 in Serbia on Thursday, again six players on the scoresheet.

The focus now turns to the race for second place and Iceland – 5-0 victors against Malta – remain four points ahead of Denmark, who prevailed 5-0 in Israel on Thursday and have a game in hand. However, to make the most of that, Denmark will need to win in Iceland on 21 August.

Group 4
Sweden took a huge step towards Canada when Kosovare Asllani scored twice in Saturday's 3-1 win in Scotland, Kim Little's penalty having cancelled out Caroline Seger's early opener in a meeting of two sides that began the match with 100% records. Sweden then won 5-0 in the Faroe Islands while Scotland defeated Northern Ireland 2-0. Sweden and Scotland share top spot with 21 points, but Pia Sundhage's team have a game in hand – in Poland on 21 August.

Poland themselves were held 1-1 by Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday, meaning Scotland and Sweden are confirmed as the top two. On 13 September, Scotland host the Faroe Islands and Sweden play Bosnia and Herzegovina four days before the two contenders meet for their reverse fixture.

Group 5
Norway played their two games in hand on previous leaders the Netherlands, maintaining their 100% record by defeating Greece 6-0, with six different scorers, before winning 2-0 in Portugal, Maren Mjelde and Isabell Herlovsen striking again for an eighth victory. Norway are now five points clear of the Netherlands with two games to go and will qualify if they win in Albania on 13 September, or if the Dutch fail to beat Portugal. Even if that does not happen, Norway will only need a point four days later away against the Netherlands – who are assured of at least second place thanks to their head-to-head advantage over Belgium.

Group 6
England are just one point away from clinching the group after winning 3-0 in Belarus and 2-1 in Ukraine, Casey Stoney and Eniola Aluko striking early before Olha Ovdiychuk became the first player to score against Mark Sampson's side in the group. Wales won 1-0 against Turkey and 3-0 in Belarus with a late Natasha Harding hat-trick to keep the group alive, though they trail England by five points with two games to go, Ukraine nine further back but having two extra fixtures in hand.

England will qualify with a point in Wales on 21 August, the day after Ukraine visit Belarus, who they will have hosted on 2 August. Ukraine need victories in those games to stay in contention for second place. Ukraine play Turkey and Wales in September, when England visit Montenegro.

Group 7
Leaders France, with seven victories out of seven, were not in group action, instead travelling to the United States for two friendlies, losing 1-0 and drawing 2-2. However, Finland lost their perfect record as they went down 3-1 on Saturday in Austria, who perhaps crucially hold a head-to-head advantage having only lost 2-1 in the reverse game in Turku.

Without goalkeeper Tinja-Riikka Korpela who was sent off late on in Austria, Finland then beat Bulgaria 4-0 on Wednesday. The following day Austria won 3-0 in Kazakhstan and although they trail Finland by three points and have played a game more, Andrée Jeglertz's Finns must play France twice in September. Before that, on 20 August, France visit Hungary, and the next day Finland go to Bulgaria. Austria return to action on 13 September against Hungary.

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World Cup groups settled on Wednesday
« Reply #21 on: September 15, 2014, 04:28:50 PM »
The last FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying group stage games are played on Saturday and Wednesday as the identity of Europe's seven automatic qualifiers and four play-off hopefuls are confirmed.

• The seven group winners qualify for the finals in Canada.

• The four runners-up with the best records against the sides finishing first, third, fourth and fifth in their sections go into the play-offs in October and November for the one remaining UEFA berth.

Qualified: England, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Canada (hosts), Japan (holders), Australia, China, South Korea, Thailand

Will win group or make UEFA play-offs: Scotland/Sweden

In UEFA play-offs: Italy

Can make UEFA play-offs: Russia, Denmark, Netherlands, Ukraine/Wales, Finland/Austria

Decisive games on Wednesday (KOs CET)

• Croatia v Russia (Group 1, 18.00), Denmark v Israel (Group 3, 18.00), Sweden v Scotland (Group 4, 18.00), Norway v Netherlands (Group 5, 18.00), Ukraine v Wales (Group 6, 17.00), France v Finland (Group 7, 18.00), Austria v Kazakhstan (Group 7, 18.00)

Here is what is at stake in the seven groups over the coming days, sides in contention/already qualified in bold:

Russia can still join Germany

Group 1
Germany (27pts) v Republic of Ireland (17), Croatia (8) v Russia (19), Slovenia (3) v Slovakia (4)

• Germany have won the group.

• Russia require a point to secure second place but only a win would keep them in play-off contention (they ideally need Finland to lose and Ukraine to draw with Wales in the other groups).

• The Republic of Ireland can come second but will not reach the play-offs.

Group 2
Czech Republic (14) v Spain (25), Italy (22) v FYROM (1), Romania (11) v Estonia (4)

• Spain have won the group.

• Italy will compete in the play-offs.

Group 3
Malta (0) v Switzerland (25), Denmark (18) v Israel (9), Iceland (16) v Serbia (10)

• Switzerland have won the group

• Denmark require a point to clinch second spot but only a victory would maintain their play-off prospects (they ideally need Finland to lose, Russia to fail to win, and Ukraine to draw with Wales).

• Iceland can finish second but will not make the play-offs.

Sweden can qualify in Gothenburg

Group 4
Sweden (27) v Scotland (24), Northern Ireland (2) v Faroe Islands (2), Poland (13) v Bosnia and Herzegovina (9)

• To stop Sweden winning the group, Scotland must win by 3-1 or better (i.e. any victory by a two-goal margin or more apart from 2-0).

• Whoever ends up second will go into the play-offs.

Group 5
Norway (27) v Netherlands (22), Portugal (12) v Belgium (16), Greece (0) v Albania (3)

• Norway have won the group.

• The Netherlands are assured of a top-two berth and a draw in Norway would confirm them in the play-offs, though they could potentially affford to lose due to their goal difference compared with the other sides that could match their adjusted points tally (Russia, Finland, Ukraine, Wales).

Group 6
Ukraine (19) v Wales (19), Montenegro (0) v England (27), Turkey (9) v Belarus (6)

• England have won the group.

• Ukraine drew 1-1 in Wales so Wednesday's Lviv decider will be effectively a knockout second leg, including the away goals rule (if it ended 1-1, Ukraine would be second on goal difference).

• However, to have a possibility of the play-offs, Ukraine or Wales would have to win and hope Finland do not (or the Netherlands suffer a large defeat).

Group 7
France (27) v Finland (21), Austria (18) v Kazakhstan (4), Bulgaria (1) v Hungary (9)

• France have won the group.

• Finland will earn a play-off with a win, could well do so with a draw unless Ukraine beat Wales, and could even afford a defeat but would require Russia and Denmark to fail to win and Ukraine to draw with Wales.

• Austria will finish second if they win and Finland lose. To get to the play-offs they need Russia and Denmark to fail to win and Ukraine to draw with Wales.

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Italy face Ukraine, Scotland challenge Netherlands
« Reply #22 on: September 23, 2014, 02:59:50 PM »
Italy will take on Ukraine and Scotland face the Netherlands after the draw for the European FIFA Women's World Cup play-offs was made in Nyon today.

The four contenders, the best runners-up from the seven European groups, are attempting to take UEFA's eighth and last place in next summer's finals in Canada alongside the section winners.

• Play-off draw
Semi-finals: 25/26 & 29/30 October
Scotland v Netherlands
Italy v Ukraine

Final: 22/23 & 26/27 November
Scotland/Netherlands v Italy/Ukraine

• Qualified teams
AFC: Australia, China, Japan (holders), South Korea, Thailand*
CAF: 3 tbc
CONCACAF: Canada (hosts), 3 + 1 to CONCACAF-CONMEBOL play-off tbc
CONMEBOL: 2 + 1 to CONCACAF-CONMEBOL play-off tbc
OFC: 1 tbc
UEFA: England, France, Germany, Norway, Spain*, Sweden, Switzerland*, play-off winners

*First qualification

• Finals draw: 6 December, Ottowa
• Finals: 6 June–5 July, Canada

Draw facts
•  Italy, who qualified in 1991 and 1999, beat Ukraine 3-0 on aggregate during the 2011 play-offs but were to lose to the United States for a finals place.
• Scotland, who have never qualified for a major tournament, defeated the Netherlands 4-3 in the Cyprus Women's Cup earlier this year.
• The Netherlands and Ukraine both qualified for UEFA Women's EURO 2009 via the play-offs, and the Dutch also competed in Sweden 2013, but neither have reached a World Cup finals.

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Europe's Women's World Cup hopefuls
« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2014, 05:09:42 PM »
The 24-team lineup for the FIFA Women's World Cup was confirmed on Tuesday when Ecuador won a dramatic CONMEBOL-CONCACAF play-off against Trinidad and Tobago, and Europe's eight contenders are getting set for Saturday's draw.

In the expanded 24-nation finals, Europe has been given three of the eight extra berths. Qualifying group winners England, France, Germany, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland were joined last week by the Netherlands, who came through two rounds of play-offs involving the top four runners-up.

With Germany and Norway hoping to add to previous World Cup wins and the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland making debuts, we look at the eight European sides competing in Canada next summer.

In the draw

UEFA: England, France, Germany, Netherlands*, Norway, Spain*, Sweden, Switzerland*
AFC: Australia, China, Japan (holders), South Korea, Thailand*
CAF: Cameroon,*, Ivory Coast*, Nigeria
CONCACAF: Canada (hosts), Costa Rica*, Mexico, United States
CONMEBOL: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador*
OFC: New Zealand


Finals draw: 18.05CET, Saturday, Ottowa (seedings confirmed prior to draw)
Finals: 6 June–5 July, Canada

Past World Cup finals

2011: Japan 2-2 United States (aet, 3-1 pens); Frankfurt, Germany
2007: Germany 2-0 Brazil; Shanghai, China
2003: Germany 1-0 Sweden (aet, golden goal); Carson, United States
1999: United States 0-0 China (aet, 5-4 pens); Pasadena, United States
1995: Norway 2-0 Germany; Stockholm, Sweden
1991: United States 2-1 Norway; Guangzhou, China



Previous finals appearances: 3
Best result: Quarter-finals (1995, 2007, 2011)
Qualifying record: W10 D0 L0 F52 A1 (Group 6 winners)
Top scorer: Eniola Aluko 13

• England played their first four qualifiers under caretaker coach Brent Hills before Mark Sampson's appointment last December.
• This will be England's first major final tournament without Hope Powell as player or (since 1997) coach.
• On 23 November a record crowd of more than 45,000 saw England lose 3-0 to Germany at Wembley.


Previous finals appearances: 2
Best result: Fourth place (2011)
Qualifying record: W10 D0 L0 F54 A3 (Group 7 winners)
Top scorer: Gaëtane Thiney 13

• France matched their run to the 2011 World Cup semi-finals by reaching the same stage at the 2012 Olympics.
• Philippe Bergerôo became coach after UEFA Women's EURO 2013 and has a 100% competitive record.
• In 2014 they have won the Cyprus Women's Cup and beaten Germany and Brazil in friendlies.

Silvia Neid on Germany's EURO dominance


Previous finals appearances: 6
Best result: Winners (2003, 2007)
Qualifying record: W10 D0 L0 F62 A4 (Group 1 winners)
Top scorer: Anja Mittag 11

• Germany are aiming to become the first three-time world champions having clinched a sixth straight European title last year.
• Their hat-trick bid as hosts in 2011 was ended by Japan in the quarter-finals after extra time.
• Germany lifted the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada earlier this year.


Previous finals appearances: 0
Qualifying record: W8 D1 L1 F43 A6 (Group 5 runners-up)
Play-offs: Scotland 2-1a, 2-0h (agg 4-1), Italy 1-1h, 2-1a (agg 3-2)
Top scorer: Vivianne Miedema 16

• Miedema, 18, was also top scorer in the Netherlands' 2014 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship win.
• The first leg of their play-off final with Italy was watched by a Dutch women's record crowd of 13,100 in The Hague.
• The Netherlands had never qualified for a major finals before 2009, when they got to the UEFA Women's EURO semis.


Previous finals appearances: 6
Best result: Winners (1995)
Qualifying record: W9 D0 L1 F41 A5 (Group 5 winners)
Top scorer: Caroline Graham Hansen 8

• Coach Even Pellerud has previously led Norway in two World Cups: making it to the 1991 final and winning four years later in Sweden.
• Their only qualifying loss was 2-0 at home to the Netherlands in their last game with first place sealed.
• After Pellerud's return they marched to the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 final, also in Sweden.


Previous finals appearances: 0
Qualifying record: W9 D1 L0 F42 A2 (Group 2 winners)
Top scorer: Natalia 12

• Spain confirmed their form in reaching the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 quarter-finals by qualifying for a first World Cup.
• Ignacio Quereda will be the longest-serving coach in Canada having been in charge since 1988 (before the first World Cup).
• Several of Quereda's current squad were guided to victory by him at the 2004 European WU19 Championship.


Previous finals appearances: 6
Best result: Runners-up (2003)
Qualifying record: W10 D0 L0 F32 A1 (Group 4 winners)
Top scorer: Lotta Schelin 12

• Sweden were the best European performers in 2011, beating France for third place.
• In October's 2-1 loss in Germany, Schelin scored her 73rd Sweden goal to break Hanna Ljungberg's record, and Therese Sjögran became only the third European to earn 200 caps.
• Sweden are one of seven World Cup ever-presents along with Germany, Norway, Brazil, Japan, Nigeria and the United States.


Previous finals appearances: 0
Qualifying record: W9 D1 L0 F53 A1 (Group 3 winners)
Top scorer: Lara Dickenmann 11

• Switzerland were the first European side to qualify on 14 June, progressing to their maiden senior final tournament.
•  They had the joint-biggest winning margin in their group of nine points (with France).
• Coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg played for Germany in their 1995 World Cup final defeat by Norway.