UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 qualifying is in progress with a record 47 teams competing for 15 places alongside hosts England in the finals.

Group A: Netherlands (holders), Russia, Slovenia, Turkey, Kosovo, Estonia

  • The Netherlands have four wins
  • Kosovo have six points from three games
  • Estonia got a point with their 0-0 draw in Istanbul.
  • Slovenia have six points but have played a game more than Russia and Kosovo.

Italy are on four wins

Group B: Italy, Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Malta, Georgia

  • Denmark and Italy both have a maximum 12 points
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina six behind

Group C: Norway, Wales, Belarus, Northern Ireland, Faroe Islands

  • Norway have three wins out of three, and in their 13-0 victory in the Faroe Islands, Caroline Graham Hansen got three to take her qualifying tally to a competition leading eight goals while Isabell Herlovsen’s own hat-trick made her the country’s all-time top scorer on 67, ahead of Marianne Pettersen.
  • Wales are two points behind after a crucial 1-0 win in Belarus, having been dramatically held by Northern Ireland in September.

Group D: Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Moldova, Azerbaijan

  • Spain opened on Friday with a 4-0 victory against Azerbaijan in front of a new record crowd of 10,444 in A Coruña and then won 5-1 in the Czech Republic to move three points clear of a side that beat Moldova 7-0 in August. Poland open against Spain on 12 November.

Group E: Scotland, Finland, Portugal, Albania, Cyprus

  • Cyprus lost their debut competitive international 8-0 in Scotland.
  • Finland won 3-0 in Albania last month.
  • Portugal and Finland (who meet on 12 November) both defeated Albania.

Group F: Sweden, Iceland, Hungary, Slovakia, Latvia

  • Sweden and Iceland both have a maximum nine points with Slovakia, who have lost to each, the only other side off the mark after a 2-1 win in Latvia.

Group G: France, Austria, Serbia, Kazakhstan, North Macedonia

  • Serbia won 3-0 in Kazakhstan and 6-0 in North Macedonia but then lost 1-0 at home to Austria, who joined them on six points. France opened their campaign with a 3-0 victory in Kazakhstan.

Group H: Switzerland, Belgium, Romania, Croatia, Lithuania

  • Switzerland with three wins and Belgium on two have both made perfect starts. Croatia have lost to each but have three points from an opening win in Lithuania.

Group I: Germany, Ukraine, Republic of Ireland, Greece, Montenegro

  • Germany beat Montenegro 10-0 and won 8-0 away and at home against Ukraine before a 5-0 victory in Greece. The Republlic of Ireland are also perfect after two games, the second win a crucial 3-2 defeat of Ukraine in Vera Pauw’s first game in charge.

How qualifying works

  • The group winners and the three runners-up with the best record against the sides first, third, fourth and fifth in their sections will join hosts England in the final tournament.
  • The other six runners-up will play off in October 2020 for the remaining three berths in the 16-team finals to be held the following summer.

The lowdown

  • The Netherlands are defending champions and reached their first FIFA Women’s World Cup final in 2019.
  • World Cup semi-finalists Sweden and England (as Great Britain) will join the Netherlands at the 2020 Olympic tournament in Japan.
  • France, Germany, Italy and Norway reached the World Cup quarter-finals, Spain went out in the last 16 and Scotland, on debut, fell in the group stage.
  • Denmark were EURO 2017 runners-up while Austria and England also made the semis.
  • Germany won every EURO from 1995 until 2017, when they fell to Denmark in the last eight, a run of six straight victories.
  • Germany have won eight titles and Norway two, while Sweden and the Netherlands have one each.
  • Cyprus are making their senior competitive debut while Kosovo are also in their first Women’s EURO.
  • France and Austria were in the same group at UEFA Women’s EURO 2017 and both made it through.
  • Finland coach Anna Signeul was in charge of Scotland when they made their finals debut in 2017.
  • Norway qualified ahead of Wales for the 2017 finals.
  • Portugal pipped Finland to the 2017 play-offs on their way to a debut finals.
  • Switzerland beat Belgium on away goals in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup play-offs before losing to the Netherlands.

Road to England: calendar

Qualifying group stage draw: 13:30CET, 21 February 2019, Nyon
Qualifying group stage dates: 29 August–3 September 2019, 2–8 October 2019, 6–12 November 2019, 5–11 March 2020, 9–14 April 2020, 3–9 June 2020, 16–22 September 2020
Play-off draw: 25 September 2020, Nyon
Play-offs (two legs): 19–27 October 2020
Final tournament draw: late 2020, England
Final tournament: July 2021, England

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