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Title: UEFA qualifiers for the WC 2015
Post by: Sylvain on December 13, 2012, 10:14:35 AM
In all, 46 teams will vie for Europe's eight berths in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup and eight are involved in the preliminary round draw streamed live on Tuesday 18 December.

Europe will have an increased allocation of eight berths in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, hosted by Canada, and the race to earn them begins with the preliminary round draw, streamed live from Nyon at 14.00CET on Tuesday 18 December.

Full entry list

The eight teams with the lowest coefficients will be drawn into two groups of four teams to be played as one-venue mini-tournaments from 4 to 9 April. Among those eight are Albania, playing in their first women's competition at any level, and senior debutants Montenegro.

There will be two pots: the hosts (Malta and Lithuania) and the remaining entrants (Albania, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Latvia, Luxembourg and Montenegro). Each group will contain one host and three teams from the other pot. The top two in each group will progress to the qualifying group stage draw on 16 April where they will join the 38 top-ranked nations.

Seven groups of six teams will be played on a home-and-away basis  from 20/21 September 2013 to 17 September 2014. The seven group winners qualify for the finals. The four runners-up with the best record against the sides first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups go into two rounds of knockout play-offs drawn on 23 September and plaon 25/26 and 29/30 October, and 22/23 and 26/27 November 2014 for the remaining UEFA berth in Canada the following summer.

http://www.uefa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=1906196.html
Title: Re: UEFA qualifiers for the WC 2015
Post by: Samuel Vimes on December 14, 2012, 10:52:18 AM
That play-off  ???
Title: Re: UEFA qualifiers for the WC 2015
Post by: Sylvain on December 14, 2012, 11:12:16 AM
yeah why not do 8 groups and 8 winners  ???
Title: Re: UEFA qualifiers for the WC 2015
Post by: Samuel Vimes on December 18, 2012, 01:18:14 PM
group 1: Malta*, Albania, Luxembourg,  Latvia
group 2: Lithuania*, Georgia, Crna Gora, Faroe Islands.

UEFA announcement http://www.uefa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=1907872.html
Title: Pots confirmed for Women's World Cup qualifying
Post by: Sylvain on March 12, 2013, 06:04:32 PM
Germany, Sweden, France, England, Norway, Italy and Denmark are top-seeded for the qualifying group stage draw, which will be streamed live on UEFA.com from 14.00CET on 16 April.

Seedings have been confirmed for the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying group stage draw, which will be streamed live from UEFA headquarters in Nyon on UEFA.com at 14.00CET on 16 April.
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The 38 top-ranked nations of the record European entry of 46 have received a bye to this stage, where they will be joined by the four teams that emerge from the two preliminary round groups, played from 4 to 9 April. The 42 contenders will be drawn into seven groups of six sides, with every section containing one nation from each of Pots A-F, seeded according to the official coefficient rankings.

Pot A: Germany*, Sweden*, France*, England*, Norway*, Italy*, Denmark*

Pot B: Iceland*, Finland*, Russia*, Netherlands*, Spain*, Scotland, Ukraine

Pot C: Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium, Republic of Ireland, Belarus

Pot D: Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Portugal, Wales, Slovakia, Northern Ireland

Pot E: Slovenia, Greece, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Israel, Estonia

Pot F: Kazakhstan, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Preliminary round Group 1 winner, Preliminary round Group 1 runner-up, Preliminary round Group 2 winner, Preliminary round Group 2 runner-up

*Competing at UEFA Women's EURO 2013 from 10-28 July

Matches will be played from 20/21 September 2013 to 17 September 2014 on a home-and-away basis. The seven group winners qualify automatically for the finals.

The four runners-ups with the best record against the sides first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups go into the play-offs for the remaining UEFA berth in Canada on 25/26 and 29/30 October and 22/23 and 26/27 November 2014. The finals, with an increased entry of 24 nations, take place the following summer in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal, Ottowa and Vancouver.
 
http://www.uefa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=1929169.html
Title: Women's World Cup qualifying draw on Tuesday
Post by: Sylvain on April 10, 2013, 04:28:35 PM
Germany, Sweden, France, England, Norway, Italy and Denmark are top-seeded for the qualifying group stage draw, which will be streamed live on UEFA.com on Tuesday.

Seedings have been confirmed for the FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying group stage draw, which will be streamed live from UEFA headquarters in Nyon on UEFA.com at 14.00CET on Tuesday.
Related Items

The 38 top-ranked nations of the record European entry of 46 have received a bye to this stage, where they will be joined by the four teams that emerged from the two preliminary round groups: Albania, the Faroe Islands, Malta and Montenegro. The 42 contenders will be drawn into seven groups of six sides, with every section containing one nation from each of Pots A-F, seeded according to the official coefficient rankings.

Pot A: Germany*, Sweden*, France*, England*, Norway*, Italy*, Denmark*

Pot B: Iceland*, Finland*, Russia*, Netherlands*, Spain*, Scotland, Ukraine

Pot C: Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium, Republic of Ireland, Belarus

Pot D: Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Portugal, Wales, Slovakia, Northern Ireland

Pot E: Slovenia, Greece, Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Israel, Estonia

Pot F: Kazakhstan, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Albania, Faroe Islands, Montenegro

*Competing at UEFA Women's EURO 2013 from 10-28 July

Matches will be played from 20/21 September 2013 to 17 September 2014 on a home-and-away basis. The seven group winners qualify automatically for the finals.

The four runners-ups with the best record against the sides first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups go into the play-offs for the remaining UEFA berth in Canada on 25/26 and 29/30 October and 22/23 and 26/27 November 2014. The finals, with an increased entry of 24 nations, take place from 6 June to 5 July 2015 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal, Ottowa and Vancouver.

http://www.uefa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=1929169.html
Title: Re: UEFA qualifiers for the WC 2015
Post by: Therese on April 16, 2013, 01:49:02 PM
Draw 16.04.2016 14:00

UEFA Ausloesung Qualifikation WM 2015 Kanada 16.04.2013 14:00

Gruppe 1: Deutschland, Russland, Irland, Slowakei, Slowenien und Kroatien

Gruppe 2: Italien, Spanien, Tschechien, Rumanien, Estland und Mazedonien

Gruppe 3: Daenemark, Island, Schweiz, Serbien, Israel und Malta

Gruppe 4: Schweden, Schottland, Polen, Nordirland, Bosnien und Faeroeer Inseln

Gruppe 5: Norwegen, Niederlande, Belgien, Portugal, Griechenland und Albanien

Gruppe 6: England, Ukrainien, Weissrussland, Wales, Tuerkei und Montenegro

Gruppe 7: Frankreich, Finland, Oesterreich, Ungarn, Bulgarien und Kasachstan

Title: Re: UEFA qualifiers for the WC 2015
Post by: Sylvain on April 16, 2013, 02:47:59 PM
Easy for us in group 7 if players are serious. Although a few players will retire after the euros like Soubeyrand.
Title: Re: UEFA qualifiers for the WC 2015
Post by: AC-FC on April 16, 2013, 03:03:51 PM
Surely, England will top that group..... ;)

Schottland to finish 2nd in theirs....
Title: Re: UEFA qualifiers for the WC 2015
Post by: Sylvain on April 16, 2013, 03:35:10 PM
I think Wales will take a few points of England  ;D
Title: Re: UEFA qualifiers for the WC 2015
Post by: AC-FC on April 16, 2013, 03:41:55 PM
well, I didnt say England would be undefeated but a full strength England team should be able to take maximum points off the Welsh or Hopeless will have got her selection and tactics all wrong.......
Title: Re: UEFA qualifiers for the WC 2015
Post by: Sylvain on April 16, 2013, 03:45:15 PM
well, I didnt say England would be undefeated but a full strength England team should be able to take maximum points off the Welsh or Hopeless will have got her selection and tactics all wrong.......
It might not be her actually  ;)
Title: Re: UEFA qualifiers for the WC 2015
Post by: AC-FC on April 16, 2013, 04:07:09 PM
Until, she is removed from office then we have to think along those lines until otherwise confirmed....

you believe in fairy godmothers..? ;)
Title: Re: UEFA qualifiers for the WC 2015
Post by: Dr Gonzo on April 16, 2013, 07:11:12 PM
Balls... I was hoping Scotland would go into the same group as Italy and maybe avoid another of those bloody play offs
Title: Re: UEFA qualifiers for the WC 2015
Post by: Sylvain on April 24, 2013, 02:49:57 PM
The full program is now available with match dates :

http://www.uefa.com/womensworldcup/season=2015/matches/index.html
Title: Road to Canada starts here
Post by: Sylvain on September 17, 2013, 05:29:44 PM
Two-time FIFA Women's World Cup winners Germany, plus England, France and Iceland teams under new management, are among those in action as 2015 qualifying begins.

wo-time FIFA Women's World Cup winners Germany are among the teams kicking off their bid to qualify for the 2015 finals in Canada this weekend.

Europe's 42 hopefuls are competing in seven groups between now and next September, with only the section winner guaranteed a ticket to the final tournament. Two games start the action on Friday as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia entertain Romania and UEFA Women's EURO 2013 quarter-finalists Italy go to Estonia, before the main bulk of matches are played the following day.

Germany, world champions in 2003 and 2007 but eliminated in the 2011 quarter-finals before clinching a sixth straight European title in Sweden in July, host a team knocked out in the continental group stage, Russia. Sweden, semi-finalists on home soil this summer and 2011 World Cup bronze-medallists, welcome Poland to Malmo; while for the first time in 15 years someone other than Hope Powell manages England as caretaker Brent Hills begins their attempt for a third straight global qualification against Belarus.

Also on Saturday, preliminary round qualifiers Albania face their debut fixture at this level, away to Belgium. Another side that got through for the first time in April, the Faroe Islands, make a Sunday bow against Scotland, themselves denied a first finals appearance – at Women's EURO – by a last-gasp Spain goal ten months ago.

More games are played next week: 1995 winners and 2013 European runners-up Norway are at home to opponents that impressed in EURO qualifying, Belgium, on Wednesday, when new France coach Philippe Bergerôo takes his team to Kazakhstan. The following day sees ten matches including Iceland against Switzerland in Group 3, which also features EURO semi-finalists Denmark whose campaign starts in the next full set of fixtures in late October.

As well as the seven group winners booking finals places, the four runners-ups with the best record against the sides finishing first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups go into the play-offs for the one remaining UEFA berth in Canada – these are held on 25/26 and 29/30 October and 22/23 and 26/27 November 2014. The finals, with an increased entry of 24 nations, take place from 6 June to 5 July 2015 in Edmonton, Moncton, Montreal, Ottowa and Vancouver.

Qualifying groups
Group 1: Germany, Russia, Republic of Ireland, Slovakia, Sovenia, Croatia

Group 2: Italy, Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Estonia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Group 3: Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Serbia, Israel, Malta

Group 4: Sweden, Scotland, Poland, Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Faroe Islands

Group 5: Norway, Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Greece, Albania

Group 6: England, Ukraine, Belarus, Wales, Turkey, Montenegro

Group 7: France, Finland, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan

http://www.uefa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=1985955.html
Title: Switzerland close as qualifying pictures clear
Post by: Sylvain on May 09, 2014, 10:18:07 AM
Switzerland have put themselves in position to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup next month with a crucial win in this week's qualifiers while Germany, England, Norway, Sweden and France maintained perfect records. Elsewhere, Spain took a step closer to Canada and Russia gained an important victory in the Republic of Ireland.


Group 1
Germany are on the verge of qualification after an eighth straight win, defeating Slovakia 9-1 with a hat-trick from Fatmire Alushi (formerly Bajramaj). Russia look on course for second place after winning 3-1 in the Republic of Ireland with goals in the first 12 minutes from Ekaterina Sochneva and Ekaterina Pantyukhina, who also struck before half-time following a Fiona O'Sullivan strike.

Russia are five points ahead of Ireland, but 12 adrift of Germany with three games in hand, in Slovenia on 14 June, at home to Ireland five days later and Slovakia on 21 August. If Russia drop three points in those games, Germany have qualified. Otherwise Germany only need a point in Russia on 13 September or victory against Ireland four days hence.

Group 2
Spain, following a 5-0 win in Estonia, remain six points clear of Italy, who prevailed 11-0 in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, including a Cristiana Girelli hat-trick and have a game in hand. The Czech Republic are still third but eight points behind Italy after being held 0-0 by Romania.

Italy's game in hand is in the Czech Republic on 14 June, but will need to finish ahead of Spain on points in the end due to an inferior head-to-head record. Therefore, Spain will qualify if Italy lose or otherwise only require three more points to reach their first World Cup as they go to Romania on 13 September and the Czech Republic three days later.

Group 3
Switzerland are on the verge of a first major qualification following a 3-0 defeat of Iceland courtesy of Vanessa Bernauer, Vanessa Bürki and Lara Dickenman. That leaves Switzerland ten points clear of Iceland and Israel, who beat Malta 2-0 and one further ahead of Denmark, 3-1 victors against Serbia, though all those challengers have two games in hand.

To ensure a place in Canada next month, Switzerland need victory at home to Israel on 14 June and in Serbia five days later, with a 17 September trip to Malta as insurance. Qualification may even come on 15 June, if the Swiss have beaten Israel and Denmark then draw with Iceland, while a Danish win would mean, in that case, Switzerland only needed a point in Serbia. Also on 19 June, Denmark are in Israel and Iceland play Malta, who visit Serbia four days earlier.

Group 4
Sweden defeated Northern Ireland 3-0 thanks to Therese Sjögran, Carline Seger and Lina Nilsson and have five unanswered wins to Scotland's six. Those teams meet for the first time in the group in Motherwell on 14 June.

Still chasing are Poland, 3-0 winners in the Faroe Islands and six points off second place; they next go to Bosnia and Herzegovina on 19 June, when Scotland are in Northern Ireland.

Group 5
Norway secured a sixth perfect win but were given a tough time in Tonsberg by fourth-placed Portugal, prevailing 2-0. Elise Thorsnes struck early in the second half and substitute Isabell Herlovsen added her first international goal in 20 months in the 89th minute, set up by the outstanding Caroline Graham Hansen.

The Netherlands are still top, a point ahead of Norway having played two games more, following a crucial 2-0 win in Belgium who are now six points adrift of their neighbours and effectively out of contention. Norway can move into position when they play their two games in hand next month at home to Greece and in Portugal.

Group 6
England have six wins out of six and 33 unanswered goals following their crucial 4-0 defeat of previously unbeaten Ukraine, Eniola Aluko and Natasha Dowie both scoring twice. Wales, 4-0 winners against Montenegro with a Jessica Fishlock treble, are still five points behind England and now six clear of Ukraine, who have two games in hand.

Trips on 14 June to Belarus, beaten 2-1 at home by Turkey, and Ukraine five days later are now the key for England. Also on 14 June, Ukraine face Montenegro and Wales host Turkey before they visit Belarus.

Group 7
France made it seven victories out of seven, comfortably defeating Hungary 4-0 courtesy of Élodie Thomis, Camille Abily, Gaëtane Thiney – taking her competition-leading goal tally to 12 – and substitute Amel Majri, making her debut after being recommended to national coach Philippe Bergeroo by her Olympique Lyonnais manager Patrice Lair. "There are no words, I did not know where to go [when I scored], I ran everywhere," Majri said.

Finland, who also have a perfect record from their five games, use up those matches in hand in Austria on 14 June and at home to Bulgaria four days later, not meeting France until a decisive September double-header. Bulgaria themselves are now three points adift at the bottom after a 4-1 loss in Kazakhstan.

http://www.uefa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=2102511.html
Title: Swiss history-makers qualify for Canada 2015
Post by: sylvain on June 18, 2014, 10:39:49 AM
 Switzerland have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in their history and become the first European nation to take their place at Canada 2015.

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg's side, who have won seven and drawn one of their eight Women's World Cup qualifiers thus far, were assured of their place earlier today when Group 3 rivals Denmark and Iceland played out a 1-1 draw. It was a result that left them 12 points clear and in an unassailable position in the section.

The Swiss, who have never before participated at either a Women's World Cup or a UEFA European Women's Championship, can now look forward to competing against the game's best between 6 June and 5 July 2015. In this, they join a group of already-qualified teams that includes Japan, the defending champion, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand.

As things stand, Switzerland seem likely to be followed by the likes of England, France and Germany, all of whom hold commanding leads in their respective sections. Sweden, meanwhile, have seized a crucial advantage in Group 4 - arguably the closest of all - with a 3-1 win away to fellow Canada hopefuls Scotland.

http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=2372514/index.html
Title: Switzerland bask in the stratosphere
Post by: sylvain on June 18, 2014, 10:40:54 AM
Switzerland were not only the first European team to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup on Sunday – but they have earned their debut appearance in any final tournament.

Beaten by England and Italy in play-offs to reach the 2011 finals, Switzerland made a flying start to Group 3 this time, beating main rivals Iceland and Denmark away. They also picked up four home points against those teams and dropped no others, beating Israel 9-0 on Saturday with six different scorers, their group record seven wins, one draw, 41 goals for and just one against.

Demanding German coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said: "It may sound weird after winning 9-0, but I am not really that pleased. In some stages we were not accurate enough and our body language was also not convincing."

Still, Switzerland knew a draw between Denmark and Iceland on Sunday would confirm their place in Canada next summer with two games left. A 1-1 result in Vejle allowed celebrations to begin, Switzerland assured of a berth in the finals in Canada alongside the hosts, holders Japan, fellow Asian qualifiers China, South Korea, Australia and Thailand plus 17 others to be decided.

"World Cup qualification done!!!! Wooooooohooo, what emotions," tweeted midfielder Sandra Betschart, as the team celebrated the result together on their camp. Voss-Tecklenburg added: "The closer we came to the whistle, the more moist our hands got. It has not quite sunk in yet, it is simply a great feeling.

"With this qualification, we have earned a lot of respect in the world of international women's football. No one could have expected us to go through so easily. In this campaign, we intended to do so much, we dreamt of it and have worked so hard to reach it, and now we have done it. It is an explosion of emotions; pure goosebumps. I am happy for every single player and the entire staff."

Now, though, there is a new motivation as the players prepare for their last qualifiers against Serbia on Thursday and Malta on 17 September, the coach saying: "There have been no decisions regarding the final squad for Canada yet."

http://www.uefa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=2117042.html
Title: current standings and rules
Post by: sylvain on June 18, 2014, 10:44:43 AM
Here are the WC qualifiers current standings

http://www.uefa.com/womensworldcup/season=2015/standings/index.html

And the rules

Group stage
Those four teams join the remaining 38 entrants in seven groups of six nations drawn on 16 April 2013 and played from 20/21 September 2013 to 17 September 2014 on a home-and-away basis. The seven group winners qualify for the finals. The four runners-up with the best record against the sides first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups go into the play-offs for the remaining UEFA berth in Canada.

Play-offs
The two contenders with the best coefficient will be drawn against the other two teams in the first round, played over two legs on 25/26 and 29/30 October 2014. The two winners then meet on 22/23 and 26/27 November 2014 to decide the final qualifiers.
Title: England, Norway, Sweden close to joining Swiss
Post by: sylvain 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.

http://www.uefa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=2117777.html
Title: World Cup groups settled on Wednesday
Post by: sylvain 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.
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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.

http://www.uefa.com/womensworldcup/news/newsid=2146938.html
Title: Italy face Ukraine, Scotland challenge Netherlands
Post by: sylvain 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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Title: Europe's Women's World Cup hopefuls
Post by: sylvain 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

*Debut

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

EUROPE'S CONTENDERS

England

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.



France

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

Germany

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.




Netherlands

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.



Norway

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.




Spain

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.



Sweden

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.




Switzerland

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.


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