On Friday afternoon (1.30pm), a draw will be held in Nyon, Switzerland, at the UEFA headquarters, for the 2023 European Women’s World Cup qualifiers in Australia and New Zealand. The Belgians, who qualified for the European Championship 2022 in England at the end of last year but had never reached the World Cup before, have been ranked level 2.
Flames, who currently ranks 18th in the FIFA Rankings, has the best coefficient in Pot 2 and has missed a spot in Pot 1. So they definitely have to fight a stronger opponent – on paper – in the qualifiers. Bowl 1 consists of the Netherlands, Germany, England, France, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Italy and Denmark. The Flames recently played a friendly match against three of these opponents. But the Netherlands (1-6), Germany (2-0) and Norway (0-2) were very strong.
The winners from the nine groups that qualify directly will qualify for the World Cup. The two numbers start out in a complex volley system. This consists of two rounds. The top three numbers go directly to the second (and final) round. The other seconds also complete a first volley match. After the second jump, three teams remain. They are ranked according to their results in the group stage and the second round of qualifiers. The top 2 could go to the World Cup, and the 3rd would play intercontinental volley duel. Both rounds end in one match.
The World Cup qualifiers will be held between September 2021 and September 2022. The qualifiers will end in October 2022. For the first time, the World Cup will consist of 32 countries. In previous World Cup qualifiers, Belgium finished second in their group after Italy, but lost in Switzerland’s jumps.