5 Arsenal Women in 2023 UEFA Women’s World Cup play-offs in October by Michelle
The ties have been set for October 2023, deciding two finals spots and one berth in the intercontinental play-offs.
The three round 1 winners will face teams entering in round 2 in one-off ties
The European play-offs for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be played on 6 and 11 October 2022, and the ties have been set.
Round 1 (6 October)
Scotland (with Arsenal´s Jen Beattie) vs Austria (with Manuela Zinberger, Laura Wienroither)
Wales vs Bosnia and Herzegovina
Portugal vs Belgium
Round 2 (11 October)
Portugal / Belgium vs Iceland
Scotland / Austria vs Republic of Ireland (with Arsenal´s Katie McCabe)
Switzerland (with Arsenal´s Noelle Maritz) vs Wales / Bosnia and Herzegovina
This is the first play-off for a final tournament for Bosnia & Herzegovina and Wales.
Aiming for World Cup debuts are Austria, Belgium, Iceland, Ireland and Portugal
Scotland previously qualified in 2019 and Switzerland in 2015.
In the play-offs, the three best qualifying group stage runners-up (based on results against the sides ranked first, third, fourth and fifth in their section) have been seeded directly to round 2 of the play-offs (Switzerland, Iceland and Ireland). The six remaining runners-up contest three single-leg play-offs in round 1.
The three winners from round 1 and the three teams entering directly in round 2 will then compete in single-leg play-offs.
The two play-off winners with the highest ranking (based on results in the qualifying group stage against the sides ranked first, third, fourth and fifth in their section, and round 2 play-offs) will qualify for the finals from 20 July to 20 August 2023 in Australia and New Zealand. The remaining play-off winner will compete in the inter-confederation play-offs.
All play-offs level after 90 minutes will go to extra time, and if necessary a penalty shoot-out.
Wishing our Arsenal Women the very best of luck in helping to secure their countries places at the 2023 UEFA Women´s World Cup!
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