FIFA Women's World Cup qualification

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FIFA Women's World Cup qualification is the process a national women's association football team goes through to qualify for the FIFA Women's World Cup.

Qualifying tournaments are held within the six FIFA continental zones (Africa, Asia, North and Central America and Caribbean, South America, Oceania, Europe), and are organised by their respective confederations. For each tournament, FIFA decides beforehand the number of berths awarded to each of the continental zones, based on the relative strength of the confederations' teams. The hosts of the World Cup receive an automatic berth in the finals. Since the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, the number of finalists increased from 16 to 24.[1]

Qualification berths by continent

Teams in qualifying
Year Teams
1991
49
1995
55
1999
69
2003
98
2007
129
2011
126
2015
134

The table below lists the numbers of berths allocated by FIFA for each continent in each tournament.

Places in the intercontinental play-offs are indicated by fractional (".5") representations. Intercontinental play-offs are played as two home-and-away matches. The team that scores a greater aggregate number of goals qualifies for the World Cup. Away goals rule applies. If these rules fail to determine the winner, extra time and penalty shootouts are used.

A + or respectively indicates the winners or losers of the intercontinental play-offs. "+H" denotes an additional spot for hosts.

Places allocated for continents
Continental zone 1991
China1
1995
Sweden
1999
United States
2003
United States2
2007
China
2011
Germany
2015
Canada
2019
France
Africa 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3
Asia 3 2 3 2.5++ H 2.5++H 3 5 5
Oceania 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Europe 5 4+H 6 5 5 4.5+H 8 8+H
North and Central America
and Caribbean
1 2 1.5++H 2.5 2.5 2.5+ 3.5+H 3.5
South America 1 1 1.5 2 2 2 2.5+ 2.5
Total 12 12 16 16 16 16 24 24
  • 1 In 1991, China PR hosted the tournament, but the location was determined after Asian qualifying had been completed.
  • 2 Originally to be held in China PR, the tournament was moved to the United States. China retained its automatic qualifying status as original host.

Qualification competition entrants over time

Entrants in continental qualifying tournaments[2][3]
Continental zone 1991
China
(12)
1995
Sweden
(12)
1999
United States
(16)
2003
United States
(16)
2007
China
(16)
2011
Germany
(16)
2015
Canada
(24)
2019
France
(24)
Africa 8 8 15 22 35 24 26
Asia 9 4 11 18 17 17 20 24
Oceania 3 3 6 10 10 8 4
Europe 18 30 161 161 251 41 46 46
North and Central America
and Caribbean
8 5 112 223 32 26 28
South America 3 5 10 10 10 10 10
Total 49 55 69 98 129 126 134
Teams played 45 52 66 84 109 119 130
Matches played 111 135 152 195 263 355 406
Goals scored 445 655 803 867 1,032 1,436 1,686
  • 1 Only teams in European Class A could qualify for the Women's World Cup finals. Other sides could at best be promoted to Class A for subsequent tournament.
  • 2 A second Guatemalan side also competed, but their matches are not included in the list.
  • 3 The United States (eventual hosts of the finals) competed in the qualifying tournament.

First appearance in qualification by team

Listed are the first appearance in the qualifying stages by a national team.[2] Teams that entered for the first time but withdrew before playing a match are written in italics.

World Cup Europe South America North, Central America and Caribbean Asia Africa Oceania Total
China
1991
 Belgium
 Bulgaria
 Czechoslovakia
 Denmark
 England
 Finland
 France
 Germany
 Hungary
 Italy
 Netherlands
 Northern Ireland
 Norway
 Poland
 Republic of Ireland
 Spain
 Sweden
  Switzerland
 Brazil
 Chile
 Venezuela
 Canada
 Costa Rica
 Haiti
 Jamaica
 Mexico
 Trinidad and Tobago
 United States
 China PR
 Chinese Taipei
 Hong Kong
 Japan
 North Korea
 South Korea
 Malaysia
 Singapore
 Thailand
 Cameroon
 Congo
 Ghana
 Guinea
 Nigeria
 Senegal
 Zambia
 Zimbabwe
 Australia
 New Zealand
 Papua New Guinea
45
Sweden
1995
 Croatia
 Czech Republic
 Greece
 Iceland
 Latvia
 Lithuania
 Portugal
 Romania
 Russia
 Scotland
 Slovakia
 Slovenia
 Ukraine
 Wales
 FR Yugoslavia
 Argentina
 Bolivia
 Ecuador
none none  Angola
 Sierra Leone
 South Africa
 Zambia
none 21
United States
1999
none  Colombia
 Paraguay
 Peru
 Uruguay
 El Salvador
 Guatemala
 Guyana
 Honduras
 Puerto Rico
 Guam
 India
 Kazakhstan
 Philippines
 Uzbekistan
 DR Congo
 Egypt
 Kenya
 Lesotho
 Morocco
 Mozambique
 Namibia
 Swaziland
 Uganda
 American Samoa
 Fiji
 Samoa
24
United States
2003
none none  Bahamas
 Belize
 Dominica
 Dominican Republic
 Montserrat
 Nicaragua
 Panama
 Saint Lucia
 Suriname
 U.S. Virgin Islands
 Indonesia
 Myanmar
   Nepal
 Vietnam
 Botswana
 Ivory Coast
 Equatorial Guinea
 Eritrea
 Ethiopia
 Gabon
 Guinea-Bissau
 Mali
 São Tomé and Príncipe
 Senegal
 Tanzania
 Zimbabwe
 Cook Islands
 Tahiti
 Tonga
 Vanuatu
20
China
2007
 Austria
 Belarus
 Serbia and Montenegro
none  Antigua and Barbuda
 Aruba
 Barbados
 Bermuda
 British Virgin Islands
 Cayman Islands
 Grenada
 Netherlands Antilles
 Nicaragua
 Saint Kitts and Nevis
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
 Turks and Caicos Islands
 Indonesia
 Maldives
 Algeria
 Benin
 Central African Republic
 Congo
 Djibouti
 Kenya
 Libya
 Malawi
 Namibia
 Togo
 New Caledonia
 Solomon Islands
 Tonga
27
Germany
2011
 Armenia
 Azerbaijan
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Estonia
 Georgia
 Israel
 Macedonia
 Malta
 Serbia
 Turkey
none  Anguilla
 Belize
 Cuba
 Bangladesh
 Iran
 Jordan
 Kyrgyzstan
 Palestine
 Botswana
 Tunisia
 Solomon Islands
 Tahiti
 Vanuatu
22
Canada
2015
 Albania
 Faroe Islands
 Luxembourg
 Montenegro
none none  Bahrain
 Bangladesh
 Kuwait
 Lebanon
 Burkina Faso
 Comoros
 Rwanda
 South Sudan
none 12
France
2019
 Kosovo none none  Iraq
 Syria
 Tajikistan
 United Arab Emirates
none none

See also

References

  1. ^ "Regulations FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015" (PDF). FIFA.com. FIFA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "FIFA Women's World Cup - Previous Tournaments". FIFA.com. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  3. ^ http://resources.fifa.com/mm/document/footballdevelopment/women/01/51/51/64/presentation_increaseparticipation_e.pdf

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