UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying

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UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying
Tournament details
Dates 4 April 2015 – 25 October 2016
Teams 46 (from 1 confederation)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 174
Goals scored 672 (3.86 per match)
Top scorer(s) Iceland Harpa Þorsteinsdóttir
Norway Ada Hegerberg
Scotland Jane Ross
(10 goals each)
2013
2021

The UEFA Women's Euro 2017 qualifying competition was a women's football competition that determined the 15 teams joining the automatically qualified hosts Netherlands in the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 final tournament.[1]

A total of 46 UEFA member national teams, with Andorra entering for the first time at senior women's level, entered the qualifying competition.[2]

Format[edit]

The qualifying competition consisted of three rounds:[3]

  • Preliminary round: The eight lowest-ranked teams were drawn into two groups of four teams. Each group was played in single round-robin format at one of the teams which were pre-selected as hosts. The two group winners advanced to the qualifying group stage.
  • Qualifying group stage: The 40 teams (38 highest-ranked teams and two preliminary round qualifiers) are drawn into eight groups of five teams. Each group was played in home-and-away round-robin format. The eight group winners and the six best runners-up (not counting results against the fifth-placed team) qualified directly for the final tournament, while the two remaining runners-up advance to the play-offs.
  • Play-offs: The two teams played home-and-away two-legged matches to determine the last qualified team.

Tiebreakers[edit]

In the preliminary round and qualifying group stage, the teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss). If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of a group, the following tie-breaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Articles 13.01, 13.02 and 15.01):[3]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the mini-tournament or group matches played among the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference resulting from the mini-tournament or group matches played among the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the mini-tournament or group matches played among the teams in question;
  4. (Qualifying group stage only) Higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question;
  5. If, after having applied criteria 1 to 4, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 4 are reapplied exclusively to the mini-tournament or group matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6 to 11 apply;
  6. Superior goal difference in all mini-tournament or group matches;
  7. Higher number of goals scored in all mini-tournament or group matches;
  8. (Qualifying group stage only) Higher number of away goals scored in all group matches;
  9. (Preliminary round only) If only two teams have the same number of points, and they are tied according to criteria 1 to 7 after having met in the last round of the mini-tournament, their rankings are determined by a penalty shoot-out (not used if more than two teams have the same number of points, or if their rankings are not relevant for qualification for the next stage).
  10. Lower disciplinary points total based only on yellow and red cards received in the mini-tournament or group matches (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  11. Position in the UEFA women's national team coefficient ranking for the preliminary round or qualifying group stage draw.

To determine the six best runners-up from the qualifying group stage, the results against the teams in fifth place are discarded. The following criteria are applied (Regulations Article 15.02):[3]

  1. Higher number of points;
  2. Superior goal difference;
  3. Higher number of goals scored;
  4. Higher number of away goals scored;
  5. Lower disciplinary points total based only on yellow and red cards received (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  6. Position in the UEFA women's national team coefficient ranking for the qualifying group stage draw.

In the play-offs, the team that scores more goals on aggregate over the two legs qualifies for the final tournament. If the aggregate score is level, the away goals rule is applied, i.e., the team that scores more goals away from home over the two legs advances. If away goals are also equal, extra time is played. The away goals rule is again applied after extra time, i.e., if there are goals scored during extra time and the aggregate score is still level, the visiting team advances by virtue of more away goals scored. If no goals are scored during extra time, the tie is decided by penalty shoot-out (Regulations Articles 16.01 and 16.02).[3]

Schedule[edit]

The qualifying matches are played on dates that fall within the FIFA Women's International Match Calendar.[4]

Stage FIFA International Dates
Preliminary round 4–9 April 2015
Qualifying group stage 14–22 September 2015
19–27 October 2015
23 November – 1 December 2015
18–26 January 2016
29 February – 9 March 2016
4–12 April 2016
30 May – 7 June 2016
12–20 September 2016
Play-offs 17–25 October 2016

Entrants[edit]

The teams were ranked according to their coefficient ranking, calculated based on the following:[5]

The 38 highest-ranked teams entered the qualifying group stage, while the eight lowest-ranked teams entered the preliminary round.[6] The coefficient ranking was also used for seeding in the qualifying group stage draw.

Final tournament hosts
Team Coeff Rank
 Netherlands 34,486 8
Teams entering qualifying group stage
Pot A
Team Coeff Rank
 Germany 43,665 1
 France 42,552 2
 Sweden 42,433 3
 Norway 39,315 4
 England 38,133 5
 Italy 36,666 6
 Spain 35,941 7
 Iceland 32,778 9
Pot B
Team Coeff Rank
 Russia 32,712 10
 Denmark 32,615 11
 Finland 32,605 12
  Switzerland 32,558 13
 Scotland 31,264 14
 Austria 29,847 15
 Ukraine 29,064 16
 Belgium 28,825 17
Pot C
Team Coeff Rank
 Poland 27,555 18
 Czech Republic 25,750 19
 Wales 25,070 20
 Republic of Ireland 24,581 21
 Romania 22,954 22
 Hungary 22,434 23
 Serbia 21,747 24
 Belarus 21,634 25
Pot D
Team Coeff Rank
 Portugal 20,925 26
 Northern Ireland 18,141 27
 Slovakia 17,691 28
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 16,806 29
 Turkey 15,528 30
 Israel 14,841 31
 Slovenia 14,736 32
 Greece 14,219 33
Pot E
Team Coeff Rank
 Estonia 13,281 34
 Croatia 13,111 35
 Kazakhstan 12,591 36
 Albania 9,991 38
 Macedonia 8,032 40
 Montenegro 7,443 41
Teams entering preliminary round
Team Coeff Rank
 Faroe Islands 7,357 42
 Malta (H) 6,723 44
 Georgia 6,063 45
 Lithuania 4,585 46
 Latvia 4,042 47
 Luxembourg 3,918 48
 Andorra
 Moldova (H)
Notes
  • Teams which were pre-selected as preliminary round hosts were denoted by (H).
  • Teams marked in bold have qualified for the final tournament.
Did not enter
Team Coeff Rank
 Azerbaijan 11,375 37
 Bulgaria 9,960 39
 Armenia 7,275 43
 Cyprus
 Gibraltar
 Liechtenstein
 San Marino

Preliminary round[edit]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the preliminary round was held on 19 January 2015, 13:45 CET (UTC+1), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.[7][8]

The teams were divided into two pots: Pot 1 contained the two teams which were pre-selected as hosts (Malta and Moldova), while Pot 2 contained the six remaining teams (Andorra, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Luxembourg). Each group contained one team from Pot 1 and three teams from Pot 2.[9]

Groups[edit]

  The two group winners advanced to the qualifying group stage.

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Moldova (H) 3 2 0 1 5 1 +4 6 Qualifying group stage 0–1 2–0
2  Latvia 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 4 1–1
3  Lithuania 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4 2–0
4  Luxembourg 3 1 0 2 4 8 −4 3 0–3 4–3
Source: UEFA
(H) Host.

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Georgia 3 2 0 1 10 2 +8 6[a] Qualifying group stage 2–0 1–2
2  Faroe Islands 3 2 0 1 12 4 +8 6[a] 8–0
3  Malta (H) 3 2 0 1 9 8 +1 6[a] 2–4
4  Andorra 3 0 0 3 3 20 −17 0 0–7 3–5
Source: UEFA
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Ranked by head-to-head record (Georgia: 3 pts, +1 GD; Faroe Islands: 3 pts, 0 GD; Malta: 3 pts, −1 GD).

Qualifying group stage[edit]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the qualifying group stage was held on 20 April 2015, 14:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.[10][11]

The teams were seeded according to their coefficient ranking (see section Entrants).[12] Each group contained one team from each of the five seeding pots.[13] The two teams which qualified from the preliminary round, Moldova and Georgia, were placed in Pot E for the group stage draw.

Groups[edit]

  The eight group winners and the six best group runners-up (not counting results against fifth-placed team) qualified directly for the final tournament.
  The remaining two runners-up advanced to the play-offs.

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Iceland 8 7 0 1 34 2 +32 21[a] Final tournament 1–2 4–0 2–0 8–0
2  Scotland 8 7 0 1 30 7 +23 21[a] 0–4 3–1 7–0 10–0
3  Slovenia 8 3 0 5 21 19 +2 9[b] 0–6 0–3 3–0 8–1
4  Belarus 8 3 0 5 10 20 −10 9[b] 0–5 0–1 2–0 6–2
5  Macedonia 8 0 0 8 4 51 −47 0 0–4 1–4 0–9 0–2
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Scotland 0–4 Iceland, Iceland 1–2 Scotland.
  2. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Slovenia 3–0 Belarus, Belarus 2–0 Slovenia.

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 8 8 0 0 39 2 +37 24 Final tournament 2–0 5–0 3–0 13–0
2  Portugal 8 4 1 3 15 11 +4 13[a] Play-offs 1–4 3–2 1–2 6–1
3  Finland 8 4 1 3 17 12 +5 13[a] 1–2 0–0 4–1 1–0
4  Republic of Ireland 8 3 0 5 17 14 +3 9 0–3 0–1 0–2 9–0
5  Montenegro 8 0 0 8 2 51 −49 0 0–7 0–3 1–7 0–5
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Head-to-head results: Finland 0–0 Portugal, Portugal 3–2 Finland.

Group 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 8 8 0 0 27 0 +27 24 Final tournament 3–0 4–0 1–0 6–0
2  Romania 8 5 1 2 17 8 +9 16 Play-offs 0–1 2–1 4–0 3–0
3  Ukraine 8 4 1 3 14 12 +2 13 0–3 2–2 2–0 2–0
4  Greece 8 2 0 6 9 19 −10 6 0–3 1–3 1–3 3–2
5  Albania 8 0 0 8 3 31 −28 0 0–6 0–3 0–4 1–4
Source: UEFA

Group 4[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 8 7 0 1 22 3 +19 21 Final tournament 1–0 3–0 2–1 6–0
2  Denmark 8 6 1 1 22 1 +21 19 2–0 6–0 4–0 4–0
3  Poland 8 3 1 4 10 16 −6 10 0–4 0–0 2–0 4–0
4  Slovakia 8 3 0 5 11 13 −2 9 0–3 0–1 2–1 4–0
5  Moldova 8 0 0 8 1 33 −32 0 0–3 0–5 1–3 0–4
Source: UEFA

Group 5[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 8 8 0 0 35 0 +35 24 Final tournament 2–0 12–0 2–0 7–0
2  Russia 8 4 2 2 14 9 +5 14 0–4 3–3 5–0 2–0
3  Hungary 8 2 2 4 8 20 −12 8 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–0
4  Croatia 8 2 1 5 8 15 −7 7 0–1 0–3 1–1 3–0
5  Turkey 8 1 1 6 3 24 −21 4 0–6 0–0 2–1 1–4
Source: UEFA

Group 6[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Switzerland 8 8 0 0 34 3 +31 24 Final tournament 2–1 5–1 4–0 4–0
2  Italy 8 6 0 2 26 8 +18 18 0–3 3–1 3–1 6–1
3  Czech Republic 8 3 1 4 13 18 −5 10 0–5 0–3 3–0 4–1
4  Northern Ireland 8 2 1 5 10 22 −12 7 1–8 0–3 1–1 4–0
5  Georgia 8 0 0 8 2 34 −32 0 0–3 0–7 0–3 0–3
Source: UEFA

Group 7[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 8 7 1 0 32 1 +31 22 Final tournament 1–1 7–0 1–0 5–0
2  Belgium 8 5 2 1 27 5 +22 17 0–2 1–1 6–0 6–0
3  Serbia 8 3 1 4 10 21 −11 10 0–7 1–3 0–1 3–0
4  Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 3 0 5 8 17 −9 9 0–1 0–5 2–4 4–0
5  Estonia 8 0 0 8 0 33 −33 0 0–8 0–5 0–1 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 8[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Norway 8 7 1 0 29 2 +27 22 Final tournament 2–2 4–0 10–0 5–0
2  Austria 8 5 2 1 18 4 +14 17 0–1 3–0 6–1 4–0
3  Wales 8 3 2 3 13 11 +2 11 0–2 0–0 4–0 3–0
4  Kazakhstan 8 1 1 6 2 30 −28 4 0–4 0–2 0–4 1–0
5  Israel 8 0 2 6 2 17 −15 2 0–1 0–1 2–2 0–0
Source: UEFA

Ranking of second-placed teams[edit]

To determine the six best second-placed teams from the qualifying group stage which qualified directly for the final tournament and the two remaining second-placed teams which advanced to the play-offs, only the results of the second-placed teams against the first, third, and fourth-placed teams in their group were taken into account, while results against the fifth-placed team were not included. As a result, six matches played by each second-placed team were counted for the purposes of determining the ranking.[14]

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 1  Scotland 6 5 0 1 16 6 +10 15 Final tournament
2 4  Denmark 6 4 1 1 13 1 +12 13
3 6  Italy 6 4 0 2 13 7 +6 12
4 7  Belgium 6 3 2 1 16 5 +11 11
5 8  Austria 6 3 2 1 13 4 +9 11
6 5  Russia 6 3 1 2 12 9 +3 10
7 3  Romania 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3 10 Play-offs
8 2  Portugal 6 2 1 3 6 10 −4 7
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) away goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) coefficient.

Play-offs[edit]

Draw[edit]

The draw for the play-offs (to decide the order of legs) was held on 23 September 2016, 14:00 CEST (UTC+2), at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.[15][16]

Matches[edit]

The play-off winner qualifies for the final tournament.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Portugal  (a) 1–1  Romania 0–0 1–1 (a.e.t.)

Qualified teams[edit]

The following 16 teams qualify for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1
 Netherlands Hosts 4 December 2014[1] 2 (2009, 2013)
 Iceland Group 1 winners 16 September 2016 2 (2009, 2013)
 Spain Group 2 winners 7 June 2016 2 (1997, 2013)
 France Group 3 winners 11 April 2016 5 (1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)
 Sweden Group 4 winners 15 September 2016 9 (1984, 1987, 1989, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)
 Germany Group 5 winners 12 April 2016 9 (19892, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)
  Switzerland Group 6 winners 4 June 2016 0 (debut)
 England Group 7 winners 7 June 2016 7 (1984, 1987, 1995, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)
 Norway Group 8 winners 7 June 2016 10 (1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)
 Scotland Best six runners-up 16 September 2016 0 (debut)
 Denmark Best six runners-up 20 September 2016 8 (1984, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)
 Italy Best six runners-up 20 September 2016 10 (1984, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)
 Belgium Best six runners-up 16 September 2016 0 (debut)
 Austria Best six runners-up 20 September 2016 0 (debut)
 Russia Best six runners-up 20 September 2016 4 (1997, 2001, 2009, 2013)
 Portugal Play-off winners 25 October 2016 0 (debut)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Players with six goals or more.[17]

10 goals
8 goals
7 goals
6 goals

References[edit]

External links[edit]