First it was the men’s game with the UEFA Nations League; now it is the turn of women’s football to emerge from hibernation. Six months after the last competitive action, which included the #SheBelievesCup, the Algarve Cup and the Asian qualifiers for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament, international women’s football returns to Europe with the resumption of qualifying for the continent’s flagship event, the UEFA Women’s EURO, which has been moved from 2021 to 2022 because of COVID-19.
Which are the tightest groups and the decisive games to watch for? Who are some of the key players to keep an eye on? To make sure you are up to date on the qualifiers and miss none of the action, we are assessing the current state of play and looking ahead to some standout fixtures from the coming days.
EURO 2022 – Brief refresher:
- Dates: The tournament will be held from 6 to 31 July 2022 in England.
- Participating teams: 16, including England, who qualify automatically as hosts
- Qualifiers: The 47 participating teams have been split into nine groups. The winners and three best runners-up secure automatic berths, while the remaining six second-placed sides will contest a play-off for the final three places.