2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

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2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification
Tournament details
Dates 3 April 2017 – December 2018
Teams Maximum 150 (from 6 confederations)
Tournament statistics
Matches played 120
Goals scored 513 (4.28 per match)
Top scorer(s) Jordan Maysa Jbarah (13 goals)
2015
2023
All statistics correct as of 28 November 2017.

The 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification process will decide 23 of the 24 teams which will play in the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, with the hosts France qualifying automatically.[1]

Qualified teams

The following teams qualified for the final tournament.

Team Qualified as Qualification date Appearance
in final
Consecutive
streak
Previous best performance FIFA
Ranking
 France Hosts 19 March 2015 4th 3 Fourth place (2011) 3

Qualification process

The slot allocation was approved by the FIFA Council on 13–14 October 2016.[2] The slots for each confederation are unchanged from that of the previous tournament except the slot for the hosts is moved from CONCACAF (Canada) to UEFA (France).[3]

Summary of qualification

Qualifying matches started in April 2017, and are expected to take place until late 2018.

Apart from the host France, 209 of the 210 remaining FIFA member associations may qualify through their own confederation's qualifying process if they choose to enter. The exception is Equatorial Guinea, which have been banned from the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[4]

As of 28 November 2017
Confederation Tournament Nations started Nations still able to qualify Slots Qualification start Qualification end
AFC 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup 24 8 5 3 April 2017 20 April 2018
CAF 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations 25 25 3 26 February 2018 1 December 2018
CONCACAF 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship Maximum 35 35 3 or 4
CONMEBOL 2018 Copa América Femenina Maximum 10 10 2 or 3 4 April 2018 22 April 2018
OFC 2018 OFC Women's Nations Cup 11 11 1 27 August 2018 4 December 2018
UEFA 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification (UEFA) 46+H 35 8+H 6 April 2017 13 November 2018
Total 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification Maximum 151+H 124 23+H
  • H: Hosts

Confederation qualification

AFC

As in the previous World Cup cycle, the AFC Women's Asian Cup will serve as the World Cup qualifying tournament for AFC members. The World Cup qualifying process will be as follows:[5]

  • Qualifying stage: The qualifying for the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup will be held from 3 to 12 April 2017.[6] A total of 24 teams entered the competition, with Japan, Australia, China automatically qualified for the final tournament by their position as the top three teams of the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup and thus not participating in the qualifying competition. Jordan also automatically qualified for the final tournament as hosts, but decided to also participate in the qualifying competition.[7] The 21 teams were drawn into one group of six teams and three groups of five teams. In each group, teams play each other once at a centralised venue. The four group winners qualify for the final tournament. If Jordan win their group, the runner-up of their group also qualifies for the final tournament.
  • Final tournament: A total of eight teams will play in the 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup, which will be held from 7 to 22 April 2018 in Jordan.[8][9] They will be drawn into two groups of four teams. The top two teams of each group will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup as well as advance to the knockout stage, while the third-placed teams of each group will advance to the fifth-placed play-off, where the winner of the play-off will qualify for the World Cup.

Previous stage (qualifying stage)

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Jordan[a] 5 5 0 0 37 3 +34 15 Final tournament
2  Philippines 5 3 1 1 18 6 +12 10
3  Bahrain 5 2 2 1 10 8 +2 8
4  United Arab Emirates 5 2 1 2 5 11 −6 7
5  Tajikistan (H) 5 1 0 4 3 23 −20 3
6  Iraq 5 0 0 5 0 22 −22 0
Source: AFC
(H) Host.
Notes:
  1. ^ Jordan, as final tournament hosts, automatically qualified regardless of qualification results.

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  South Korea 4 3 1 0 21 1 +20 10 Final tournament
2  North Korea (H) 4 3 1 0 18 1 +17 10
3  Uzbekistan 4 2 0 2 9 10 −1 6
4  India 4 1 0 3 3 25 −22 3
5  Hong Kong 4 0 0 4 1 15 −14 0
Source: AFC
(H) Host.

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Thailand 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7 6 Final tournament
2  Chinese Taipei 2 1 0 1 5 1 +4 3
3  Palestine (H) 2 0 0 2 0 11 −11 0
4  Lebanon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Withdrew
5  Guam 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source: AFC
(H) Host.

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Vietnam (H) 4 4 0 0 27 1 +26 12 Final tournament
2  Myanmar 4 3 0 1 22 2 +20 9
3  Iran 4 2 0 2 19 8 +11 6
4  Singapore 4 1 0 3 1 20 −19 3
5  Syria 4 0 0 4 0 38 −38 0
Source: AFC
(H) Host.

Next stage (final tournament)

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Jordan (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
2  China PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Thailand 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Fifth place match
4  Philippines 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 6 April 2018. Source: AFC
(H) Host.

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage and 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
2  Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  South Korea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Fifth place match
4  Vietnam 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 7 April 2018. Source: AFC

Knockout stage

 
Semi-finals Final
 
           
 
17 April – Amman
 
 
Winner Group A
 
20 April – Amman
 
Runner-up Group B
 
Winner SF1
 
17 April – Amman
 
Winner SF2
 
Winner Group B
 
 
Runner-up Group A
 
Third place
 
 
20 April – Amman
 
 
Loser SF1
 
 
Loser SF2
 
Fifth place
 
   
 
16 April – Amman
 
 
Third Place Group A
 
 
Third Place Group B
 

CAF

As in the previous World Cup cycle, the Africa Women Cup of Nations will serve as the World Cup qualifying tournament for CAF members. The World Cup qualifying process will be as follows:

  • Qualifying stage: The qualifying for the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations will be held from 26 February to 10 April 2018. A total of 24 teams entered the qualifying competition, with four teams (Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, South Africa) earning byes to the second round, and the remaining 20 teams entering the first round. Qualification ties will be played on a home-and-away two-legged basis. The seven winners of the second round will qualify for the final tournament.[10]
  • Final tournament: A total of eight teams will play in the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations, which will be held from 17 November to 1 December 2018 in Ghana.[11][12] They will be drawn into two groups of four teams. The top two teams of each group will advance to the knockout stage, where the winners of the semi-finals and the third place play-off will qualify for the World Cup.

FIFA have banned Equatorial Guinea from qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, meaning they could not qualify for the World Cup regardless of their performance in the Africa Women Cup of Nations.[4]

Current stage (qualifying stage)

First round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Senegal  Match 1  Algeria
Libya  Match 2  Ethiopia
Morocco  Match 3  Ivory Coast
Sierra Leone  Match 4  Mali
Burkina Faso  Match 5  Gambia
Congo  Match 6  Central African Republic
Kenya  Match 7  Uganda
Lesotho  Match 8  Swaziland
Tanzania  Match 9  Zambia
Namibia  Match 10  Zimbabwe

Second round

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Winner of Match 1 Winner of Match 2
Winner of Match 3 Winner of Match 4
Winner of Match 5  Nigeria
Winner of Match 6  Cameroon
Winner of Match 7  Equatorial Guinea
Winner of Match 8  South Africa
Winner of Match 9 Winner of Match 10

Next stage (final tournament)

The qualified teams for the final tournament so far are:

CONCACAF

As in the previous World Cup cycle, the CONCACAF Women's Championship will serve as the World Cup qualifying tournament for CONCACAF members. The World Cup qualifying process will be as follows:

  • Qualifying stage: Regional qualification tournaments will be held in the Central American Zone and Caribbean Zone to determine the teams playing in the final tournament. The three teams from North American Zone, Canada, Mexico, and the United States, will automatically qualify for the final tournament.
  • Final tournament: A total of eight teams will play in the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship, which will be held at a date and venue to be confirmed. They will be drawn into two groups of four teams. The top two teams of each group will advance to the knockout stage, where the winners of the semi-finals and the third place play-off will qualify for the World Cup. The losers of the third-place play-off will enter the CONCACAF–CONMEBOL play-off.

Current stage (qualifying stage)

Central American Zone

The participating teams are to be confirmed from the following eligible teams:

Caribbean Zone

The participating teams are to be confirmed from the following eligible teams:

Next stage (final tournament)

The qualified teams for the final tournament so far are:

CONMEBOL

As in the previous World Cup cycle, the Copa América Femenina will serve as the World Cup qualifying tournament for CONMEBOL members. The World Cup qualifying process will be as follows:

  • Final tournament: A total of ten teams will play in the 2018 Copa América Femenina, which will be held between 4 and 22 April 2018 in Chile.[13][14] They will be drawn into two groups of five teams. The top two teams of each group will advance to the round-robin final stage, where the top two teams will qualify for the World Cup. The third-placed team will enter the CONCACAF–CONMEBOL play-off.

Next stage (final tournament)

The participating teams of the final tournament are to be confirmed from the following eligible teams:

OFC

As in the previous World Cup cycle, the OFC Women's Nations Cup will serve as the World Cup qualifying tournament for OFC members. The World Cup qualifying process will be as follows:

  • Qualifying stage: The four lowest-ranked teams based on previous regional performances of all women’s national teams (American Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji) entered the qualifying stage, which will be held from 27 August to 4 September 2018 in American Samoa.[15] The winner will qualify for the final tournament, joining the other seven teams which automatically qualify.
  • Final tournament: A total of eight teams will play in the 2018 OFC Women's Nations Cup, which will be held between 17 November to 4 December 2018 at a venue to be confirmed. The format will be confirmed later. The winner will qualify for the World Cup.

Current stage (qualifying stage)

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  American Samoa (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final tournament
(Group stage)
2  Solomon Islands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Vanuatu 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 27 August 2018. Source: OFC
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.

Next stage (final tournament)

The qualified teams for the final tournament so far are:

UEFA

As in the previous World Cup cycle, UEFA will organise a tournament for its members designed only for World Cup qualifying. The World Cup qualifying process will be as follows:[16]

  • Preliminary round: The 16 lowest-ranked teams of the 46 entrants according to their UEFA coefficient entered the preliminary round,[17] which will be held from 3 to 11 April 2017. They were drawn into four groups of four teams, where each group will be played in single round-robin format at one of the pre-selected hosts. The four group winners and the best runner-up (not counting results against the fourth-placed team) will advance to the qualifying group stage.
  • Qualifying group stage: A total of 35 teams, including the 30 highest-ranked teams which receive byes and the five qualifiers from the preliminary round, will play in the qualifying group stage, which will be held on dates in the FIFA Women's International Match Calendar from 11 September 2017 to 4 September 2018. They will be drawn into seven groups of five teams, where each group will be played in home-and-away round-robin format. The seven group winners will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, while the four best runners-up (not counting results against the fifth-placed team) will advance to the play-offs.
  • Play-offs: The four teams will play two knockout rounds of home-and-away two-legged matches, which will be held from 1 to 9 October and 5 to 13 November 2018, where the winner of the second play-off round will qualify for the World Cup.

Previous stage (preliminary round)

Group 1

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Kazakhstan 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 7 Qualifying group stage
2  Latvia 3 1 2 0 7 3 +4 5
3  Georgia (H) 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4  Estonia 3 0 0 3 1 7 −6 0
Source: UEFA
(H) Host.

Group 2

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Albania (H) 3 2 1 0 5 3 +2 7 Qualifying group stage
2  Greece 3 2 0 1 8 2 +6 6
3  Malta 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
4  Kosovo 3 0 0 3 3 12 −9 0
Source: UEFA
(H) Host.

Group 3

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Israel 3 2 1 0 9 0 +9 7 Qualifying group stage
2  Moldova 3 2 1 0 6 0 +6 7
3  Lithuania (H) 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
4  Andorra 3 0 0 3 0 13 −13 0
Source: UEFA
(H) Host.

Group 4

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Faroe Islands (H) 3 3 0 0 9 3 +6 9 Qualifying group stage
2  Turkey 3 2 0 1 13 3 +10 6
3  Montenegro 3 1 0 2 8 6 +2 3
4  Luxembourg 3 0 0 3 3 21 −18 0
Source: UEFA
(H) Host.

Ranking of second-placed teams
To determine the best second-placed teams from the preliminary round which advance to the qualifying group stage, only the results of the second-placed teams against the first and third-placed teams in their group are taken into account, while results against the fourth-placed team are not included. As a result, two matches played by each second-placed team will count for the purposes of determining the ranking.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 3  Moldova 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4 Qualifying group stage
2 4  Turkey 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 3
3 2  Greece 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3
4 1  Latvia 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) disciplinary points; 5) coefficient.

Current stage (qualifying group stage)

Group 1

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Wales 4 3 1 0 3 0 +3 10 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
2  England 3 3 0 0 15 0 +15 9 Play-offs if among four best runners-up
3  Bosnia and Herzegovina 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
4  Russia 2 0 1 1 0 6 −6 1
5  Kazakhstan 4 0 0 4 0 9 −9 0
Updated to match(es) played on 28 November 2017. Source: UEFA

Group 2

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Switzerland 4 4 0 0 14 3 +11 12 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
2  Scotland 2 2 0 0 7 1 +6 6 Play-offs if among four best runners-up
3  Poland 3 2 0 1 9 4 +5 6
4  Belarus 4 1 0 3 3 9 −6 3
5  Albania (Z) 5 0 0 5 3 19 −16 0
Updated to match(es) played on 28 November 2017. Source: UEFA
(Z) Cannot qualify directly, but can still qualify via play-offs.

Group 3

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands 3 2 1 0 6 0 +6 7 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
2  Republic of Ireland 3 2 1 0 4 0 +4 7 Play-offs if among four best runners-up
3  Norway 3 2 0 1 10 3 +7 6
4  Northern Ireland 3 1 0 2 4 7 −3 3
5  Slovakia 4 0 0 4 2 16 −14 0
Updated to match(es) played on 28 November 2017. Source: UEFA

Group 4

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 3 3 0 0 10 0 +10 9 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
2  Denmark 3 2 0 1 10 4 +6 6 Play-offs if among four best runners-up
3  Ukraine 2 1 1 0 2 1 +1 4
4  Croatia 4 0 2 2 3 9 −6 2
5  Hungary 4 0 1 3 3 14 −11 1
Updated to match(es) played on 24 November 2017. Source: UEFA

Group 5

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 4 3 0 1 20 3 +17 9 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
2  Iceland 3 2 1 0 12 3 +9 7 Play-offs if among four best runners-up
3  Czech Republic 4 2 1 1 13 2 +11 7
4  Slovenia 3 1 0 2 5 10 −5 3
5  Faroe Islands 4 0 0 4 0 32 −32 0
Updated to match(es) played on 24 November 2017. Source: UEFA

Group 6

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Italy 4 4 0 0 10 0 +10 12 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
2  Belgium 3 3 0 0 16 2 +14 9 Play-offs if among four best runners-up
3  Portugal 3 1 0 2 8 2 +6 3
4  Romania 4 1 0 3 5 8 −3 3
5  Moldova (Z) 4 0 0 4 1 28 −27 0
Updated to match(es) played on 28 November 2017. Source: UEFA
(Z) Cannot qualify directly, but can still qualify via play-offs.

Group 7

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 3 3 0 0 12 1 +11 9 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
2  Finland 2 2 0 0 5 0 +5 6 Play-offs if among four best runners-up
3  Austria 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 6
4  Serbia 4 1 0 3 3 7 −4 3
5  Israel 4 0 0 4 0 14 −14 0
Updated to match(es) played on 28 November 2017. Source: UEFA

Ranking of second-placed teams
To determine the four best second-placed teams from the qualifying group stage which advance to the play-offs, only the results of the second-placed teams against the first, third and fourth-placed teams in their group are taken into account, while results against the fifth-placed team are not included. As a result, six matches played by each second-placed team will count for the purposes of determining the ranking.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 1  England 2 2 0 0 10 0 +10 6 Play-offs
2 6  Belgium 2 2 0 0 4 2 +2 6
3 3  Republic of Ireland 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2 4
4 5  Iceland 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1 4
5 4  Denmark 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1 3
6 2  Scotland 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3
7 7  Finland 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
Updated to match(es) played on 28 November 2017. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) away goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) coefficient.

CONCACAF–CONMEBOL play-off

The inter-confederation play-off will be contested between CONCACAF's fourth-placed team and CONMEBOL's third-placed team. The winner will qualify for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.

References and notes

  1. ^ "France to host the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2019". fifa.com. Retrieved 27 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Circular #1565 - FIFA women's tournaments 2018-2019" (PDF). FIFA.com. 11 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "FIFA leaves berths unchanged for 2019 Women's World Cup". The Big Story. Associated Press. 15 October 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Equatorial Guinea expelled from FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019". FIFA.com. 5 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "AFC Women's Asian Cup 2018 Competition Regulations" (PDF). AFC. 
  6. ^ "AFC Competitions Calendar 2017" (PDF). AFC. 12 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Teams set to find out path to AFC Women's Asian Cup Jordan 2018". AFC. 20 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "AFC Competitions Calendar 2018" (PDF). AFC. 12 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Jordan to host AFC Women's Asian Cup 2018 finals". AFC. 4 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Nigeria draw bye in 2018 Women's AFCON qualifiers". busybuddiesng.com. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "GHANA TO HOST 2018 AFRICA WOMEN CUP OF NATIONS". dhakaba.com. 28 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Decisions of the CAF Executive Committee of 14 March 2017". CAFonline.com. 14 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Paraguay, Chile, Ecuador y Argentina realizarán torneos sudamericanos femeninos". CONMEBOL.com. 25 April 2017. 
  14. ^ "La Copa América Femenina se celebrará del 4 al 22 de abril". CONMEBOL.com. 21 July 2017. 
  15. ^ "OFC Competition calendar set for 2018". Oceania Football Confederation. 31 October 2017. 
  16. ^ "Regulations of the UEFA European qualifying competition for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup 2017-19" (PDF). UEFA. 
  17. ^ "Coefficient Ranking of the Teams Participating in the Qualifying Competition" (PDF). UEFA.com. 

External links

  • FIFA website
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