France, Sweden, Switzerland and England have made sure of their places at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Germany 2010 by advancing to the last four of the UEFA European Women's U-19 Championship, currently being held in Belarus. The global showpiece event will take place between 13 July and 1 August next year, with matches being staged in the cities of Augsburg, Bielefeld, Bochum and Dresden.
The President of the Organising Committee of the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011, Steffi Jones, and the General Secretary of the German Football Association (DFB), Wolfgang Niersbach, extended their personal congratulations to the presidents of the football associations of the qualifying nations.
"We would like to give an early welcome to each of the four teams and we look forward to seeing them in Germany in 2010 for what promises to be a very exciting summer," said Jones.
"Switzerland have played some excellent, attack-minded football during the group phase," she continued. "England and France, who both made it to the 2008 U-20 Women's World Cup finals in Chile, both have the potential to play a major role in 2010, while Sweden's superb teamwork has been paying dividends for some years now. These teams will take on the leading nations from Asia, Africa, Oceania, North America and South America in what we genuinely expect to be a thrilling tournament. I am looking forward to an absolutely fascinating competition."
Germany, who qualify directly for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2010 as the host nation, failed to progress to the European semi-finals on goal difference despite winning their final group match against Belarus.
The five European sides will be joined at next summer's finals in Germany by three qualifiers from Asia, two from Africa, three from the North, Central America and Caribbean Zone, two from South America and one from Oceania.