FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™

FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019™

FIFA Women’s World Cup

European quartet secure France 2019 berths

Lea Schueller of Germany and Alexandra Popp of Germany celebrate
© Getty Images
  • Group stage qualifying for France 2019 concludes in Europe
  • Germany, Norway, Scotland and Sweden secure latest berths
  • Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland will play-off

The group stage of European zone qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ concluded on Tuesday, with Germany, Norway and Sweden securing an eighth straight appearance at the competition, while Scotland claimed their maiden berth at women’s football’s showpiece event.

Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland will battle for the final European qualifying spot, with the draw taking place on Friday. Played over two legs, the semi-final play-offs will be played on 1 and 9 October 2018, with the two winners to contest the final play-off on 5 and 13 November 2018.

In Group 2, a second-half goal by Jane Ross earned Scotland a decisive 2-1 victory in Albania to ensure they will be making their Women’s World Cup debut next year after group rivals Switzerland were held to a goalless draw in Poland.

1995 world champions Norway defeated the Netherlands 2-1 in Oslo to win Group 3 and force the reigning European champions into the play-offs. They are joined by fellow Scandinavians and Women’s World Cup regulars Sweden, who edged hosts Denmark 1-0 in Viborg to win Group 4.

Two-time Women’s World Cup winners Germany followed on from Saturday’s crucial win in Iceland by topping Group 5 with an emphatic 8-0 victory in the Faroe Islands.

The quartet join tournament hosts France and fellow European qualifiers England, Italy and Spain in booking their tickets to next year’s competition.

The 2019 Women’s World Cup will commence on 7 June, with the final taking place in Lyon on 7 July.

Explore this topic

Recommended Stories

Wales v England - FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifier

FIFA Women's World Cup

England book ticket to France 2019

31 Aug 2018

Cecilia Salvai of Italy celebrates after scoring a goal against Portugal

FIFA Women's World Cup

Italy and Spain qualify for France 2019

08 Jun 2018

Players of USA celebrate with the trophy after winning the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015

FIFA Women's World Cup

CONCACAF's path set for France 2019

04 Sep 2018

Jacqueline Ovalle of Mexico celebrates after scoring 

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup

Ovalle strike named France 2018's best

31 Aug 2018