2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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In the UEFA qualification for 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup, 41 entrants were drawn into eight groups, from which the group winners advanced to a play-off round. The four winners of the play-off round advanced directly to join Germany (the hosts) in the finals tournament, while the four play-off losers played two further knock-out rounds to determine a nation to play-off with the third-placed CONCACAF nation for a finals place.

This scheme was a significant change from previous editions of qualification as all entrants had the ability to advance to the final tournament. In previous years only those nations belonging to the First Category of European women's football were able to qualify, with a system approximating promotion and relegation between qualification tournaments operating.

Qualifying round[edit]

The groups were drawn on 17 March 2009, with the matches held from 15 August 2009 to 25 August 2010. The eight group winners advanced to the play-off stages.

Seeding[edit]

Seeding was based on results in 2007 World Cup and UEFA Women's EURO 2009 qualifying. There were five seeding pots, each containing eight teams except for the fifth, Pot E, which had nine and provided two nations for Group 1.[1]

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D Pot E

 Sweden
 Norway
 Denmark
 England
 France
 Russia
 Ukraine
 Italy

 Finland
 Iceland
 Spain
 Czech Republic
 Netherlands
 Scotland
 Republic of Ireland
 Poland

 Switzerland
 Austria
 Serbia
 Belarus
 Belgium
 Greece
 Portugal
 Hungary

 Slovenia
 Slovakia
 Israel
 Wales
 Romania
 Northern Ireland
 Turkey
 Bulgaria

 Croatia
 Armenia
 Bosnia-Herzegovina
 Kazakhstan
 Azerbaijan
 Estonia
 Malta
 Macedonia
 Georgia

Group 1[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 10 10 0 0 50 0 +50 30
 Iceland 10 8 0 2 33 3 +30 24
 Northern Ireland 10 3 2 5 8 16 −8 11
 Estonia 10 3 1 6 7 44 −37 10
 Serbia 10 2 3 5 7 19 −12 9
 Croatia 10 0 2 8 4 27 −23 2
  Croatia Estonia France Iceland Northern Ireland Serbia
Croatia  0–3 0–7 0–3 0–1 1–2
Estonia  1–1 0–6 0–5 2–1 1–0
France  3–0 12–0 2–0 6–0 7–0
Iceland  3–0 12–0 0–1 2–0 5–0
Northern Ireland  3–1 3–0 0–4 0–1 0–0
Serbia  1–1 4–0 0–2 0–2 0–0


Group 2[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Norway 8 7 1 0 39 2 +37 22
 Netherlands 8 5 2 1 30 7 +23 17
 Belarus 8 4 1 3 17 14 +3 13
 Slovakia 8 2 0 6 15 13 +2 6
 Macedonia 8 0 0 8 3 68 −65 0
  Belarus Republic of Macedonia Netherlands Norway Slovakia
Belarus  6–0 0–4 0–5 2–0
Macedonia  1–6 0–7 0–7 1–6
Netherlands  1–1 13–1 2–2 2–0
Norway  3–0 14–0 3–0 1–0
Slovakia  0–2 9–0 0–1 0–4


Group 3[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Denmark 8 6 2 0 45 0 +45 20
 Scotland 8 6 1 1 24 5 +19 19
 Greece 8 3 0 5 11 20 −9 9
 Bulgaria 8 2 2 4 9 25 −16 8
 Georgia 8 0 1 7 3 42 −39 1
  Bulgaria Denmark Georgia (country) Greece Scotland
Bulgaria  0–0 5–0 0–1 0–5
Denmark  9–0 15–0 7–0 0–0
Georgia  1–1 0–7 0–3 1–3
Greece  1–2 0–6 5–0 0–1
Scotland  8–1 0–1 3–1 4–1


Group 4[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Ukraine 8 5 2 1 24 9 +15 17
 Poland 8 5 1 2 18 9 +9 16
 Hungary 8 4 3 1 15 10 +5 15
 Romania 8 2 2 4 14 13 +1 8
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 8 0 0 8 0 30 −30 0
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Hungary Poland Romania Ukraine
Bosnia-Herzegovina  0–2 0–4 0–5 0–5
Hungary  2–0 4–2 1–1 1–1
Poland  1–0 0–0 2–0 4–1
Romania  4–0 2–3 1–4 0–0
Ukraine  7–0 4–2 3–1 3–1


Group 5[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 8 7 1 0 30 2 +28 22
 Spain 8 6 1 1 37 4 +33 19
 Austria 8 3 1 4 14 12 +2 10
 Turkey 8 2 1 5 10 23 −13 7
 Malta 8 0 0 8 1 51 −50 0
  Austria England Malta Spain Turkey
Austria  0–4 6–0 0–1 4–0
England  3–0 8–0 1–0 3–0
Malta  0–2 0–6 0–13 0–2
Spain  2–0 2–2 9–0 5–1
Turkey  2–2 0–3 5–1 0–5


Group 6[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Switzerland 8 7 0 1 28 6 +22 21
 Russia 8 6 1 1 30 6 +24 19
 Republic of Ireland 8 4 1 3 12 10 +2 13
 Israel 8 2 0 6 4 24 −20 6
 Kazakhstan 8 0 0 8 4 32 −28 0
  Israel Kazakhstan Republic of Ireland Russia Switzerland
Israel  1–0 0–3 1–6 1–2
Kazakhstan  0–1 1–2 0–6 2–4
Republic of Ireland  3–0 2–1 1–1 1–2
Russia  4–0 8–0 3–0 0–3
Switzerland  6–0 8–0 2–0 1–2


Group 7[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 8 7 1 0 38 3 +35 22
 Finland 8 6 1 1 25 6 +19 19
 Portugal 8 4 0 4 17 10 +7 12
 Slovenia 8 2 0 6 7 27 −20 6
 Armenia 8 0 0 8 1 42 −41 0
  Armenia Finland Italy Portugal Slovenia
Armenia  0–4 0–8 0–3 1–5
Finland  7–0 1–3 4–1 4–1
Italy  7–0 1–1 2–0 6–0
Portugal  7–0 0–1 1–3 1–0
Slovenia  1–0 0–3 0–8 0–4


Group 8[edit]

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Sweden 8 7 1 0 36 3 +33 22
 Czech Republic 8 4 1 3 19 6 +13 13
 Belgium 8 3 1 4 18 13 +5 10
 Wales 8 3 0 5 23 16 +7 9
 Azerbaijan 8 1 1 6 2 60 −58 4
  Azerbaijan Belgium Czech Republic Sweden Wales
Azerbaijan  0–0 0–5 0–3 2–1
Belgium  11–0 0–3 1–4 2–3
Czech Republic  8–0 1–2 0–1 2–1
Sweden  17–0 2–1 0–0 5–1
Wales  15–0 0–1 2–0 0–4


Play-off stages[edit]

Seeding[edit]

The eight UEFA qualification group winners qualified for the play-offs. The play-off draw was seeded according to results in this qualifying competition and those for UEFA Women's EURO 2009.[2]

Legend
Seeded teams
Unseeded teams
Group Team Seeding coefficient
8  Sweden 2.875
1  France 2.833
2  Norway 2.750
5  England 2.625
3  Denmark 2.563
7  Italy 2.500
4  Ukraine 2.250
6  Switzerland 2.000

Direct qualification[edit]

Each seeded team was drawn against an unseeded opponent to play a two-legged tie. The four winners advanced to the finals in Germany. The four losers advanced to the repechage rounds for a chance to qualify against a CONCACAF opponent.

Ties were drawn on 30 August with the first legs scheduled for 11–12 September and the return legs on 15–16 September.[3]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
France  3–2  Italy 0–0 3–2
England  5–2  Switzerland 2–0 3–2
Ukraine  0–3  Norway 0–1 0–2
Sweden  4–3  Denmark 2–1 2–2

Repechage I[edit]

The four losers from the direct qualification play-offs met in two sets of two-legged ties on 2 and 6 October. The winners advanced to the second repechage round.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Denmark  1–3  Switzerland 1–3 0–0
Ukraine  0–3  Italy 0–3 0–0

Repechage II[edit]

The two winners from the first repechage round met in a two-legged tie on 23 and 27 October. The winner advanced to play the third-placed team from the CONCACAF qualification for a spot in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup finals.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Italy  5–2  Switzerland 1–0 4–2

Italy won 5–2 on aggregate and advanced to the UEFA-CONCACAF play-off.

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Women's World Cup hopefuls await draw, from uefa.com, retrieved 26 August 2010
  2. ^ Play-off race reaches final stretch
  3. ^ Denmark and Ukraine complete play-off lineup