The group stage of the 2022 FIFA Women’s European Championship is drawing to a close. But who can pass and what is still at stake? Here, we take a group-by-look look at what each country must do to reach the playoffs.
Euro for women: News and features | Matches and results | tables
The best two teams in each group advance to the quarter-finals. Click here for a knockout slide.
1. Head-to-head between the participating teams (if three teams are equal in points, a mini-league is created that includes only the results of those teams)
2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches between tied teams
3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches between tied teams
If two or more teams remain tied after this stage, 1-3 is re-applied to only those teams.
4. Target difference
5. Recorded group goals
6. Penalty kicks if the two teams are still tied and have played each other in the final match of the group
7. Low disciplinary points
8. Ranking of UEFA coefficients in the final lottery.
Friday 15 July: Northern Ireland – England, Austria – Norway (8 pm GMT)
England: I have already qualified as collective winners.
Austria: He will go into second place with a win or a draw against Norway.
Norway: You must defeat Austria to qualify for second place.
northern Ireland: been eliminated.
Saturday 16 July: Finland – Germany, Denmark – Spain (at 8 pm GMT)
Germany: I have already qualified as collective winners.
Spain: He will go into second place with a win or a draw against Denmark.
Denmark: You must defeat Spain to qualify for second place.
Finland: been eliminated.
Sunday 17 July: Switzerland – Netherlands, Sweden and Portugal (5 pm GMT)
Holland: You need at least a draw against Switzerland to ensure success. Can only qualify with a loss if Portugal beat Sweden and both matches are decided by one goal difference, leaving the four teams on 4 points; SUI-NED should also be the highest scoring game for the Netherlands to finish inside the top two (2-1 for Switzerland and 1-0 for Portugal). If the points difference and group goals end up identical among the top three in this scenario, the final places would be 1. Switzerland, 2. Holland, 3. Portugal.
If the Netherlands wins, they will win the group if Sweden’s best result is. If Sweden also wins, it will be because of the goal difference with both teams currently on +1 with the Dutch scoring an extra goal. The teams tied each other, so head-to-head is the level, meaning that if the goals scored cannot be separated, it will move to lower disciplinary points and finally higher UEFA coefficient rating.
Sweden: You need at least a draw with Portugal to secure one of the top two places. He will top the group with a win if they do better for the Netherlands, with the same goal difference calculations as above if both teams win. It can only qualify with a defeat if the Netherlands lose, both matches are decided by one goal, and SUI-NED is a game with a lower scoring (so if Sweden loses 2-1, the Netherlands is defeated 1-0).
Portugal: You have to beat Sweden to stand any chance, and I hope Holland loses too. Portugal must also win by two or more goals, or hope that the Netherlands will lose by two or more goals. If both games are decided by a margin of one goal, Portugal must do so with the same score or higher score (so if the Netherlands lose 1-2, Portugal must win by any result other than 1-0).
Switzerland: The Netherlands must be defeated to have any chance of qualifying, and you will be sure of a place in the quarter-finals if Sweden wins or draws. If Portugal wins, it places four teams on four points; If Switzerland wins with two or more goals, it will surely take second place; If Switzerland wins by one goal, they will qualify as long as both games are the same one-goal score (so 1-0 and 1-0) or SUI-NED is a higher score (2-1 versus 1-0). If the matches are one goal apart, but SWE-POR scored higher (so 1-0 for Switzerland and 2-1 for Portugal) then Sweden took second place, with Switzerland in third and the Netherlands in fourth. Any other results with three teams finishing with 4 points would also eliminate Switzerland.
Thursday 14 July: Italy – Iceland (5 pm GMT) and France – Belgium (8 pm GMT)
Monday, July 18: Iceland-France, Italy vs Belgium (5pm GMT)
Permutations will be added after Thursday’s group matches, but France is certain to advance to the second round with a win over Belgium.