Swiss history-makers qualify for Canada 2015

Switzerland have qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time in their history and become the first European nation to take their place at Canada 2015.

Martina Voss-Tecklenburg's side, who have won seven and drawn one of their eight Women's World Cup qualifiers thus far, were assured of their place earlier today when Group 3 rivals Denmark and Iceland played out a 1-1 draw. It was a result that left them 12 points clear and in an unassailable position in the section.

The Swiss, who have never before participated at either a Women's World Cup or a UEFA European Women's Championship, can now look forward to competing against the game's best between 6 June and 5 July 2015. In this, they join a group of already-qualified teams that includes Japan, the defending champion, Australia, China PR, Korea Republic and Thailand.

As things stand, Switzerland seem likely to be followed by the likes of England, France and Germany, all of whom hold commanding leads in their respective sections. Sweden, meanwhile, have seized a crucial advantage in Group 4 - arguably the closest of all - with a 3-1 win away to fellow Canada hopefuls Scotland.