As Women’s World Cup qualifying continues in Europe through September, three teams have already qualified for the 2023 tournament: Spain, Sweden and France.
Sweden booked its ticket as the UEFA Group A winner after a 1-1 draw against Ireland on Tuesday.
Elsewhere, Spain’s Jennifer Hermoso scored twice in a 2-0 victory over Scotland to clinch a spot as the winner of Group B. Spain will be making its third World Cup appearance. France won Group I following a 1-0 win against Slovenia to seal its fifth World Cup berth.
With the three qualifications, a total of eight guaranteed spots remain for European teams in next year’s tournament, plus one spot that will be determined by a playoff tournament.
Both Germany and Norway could make a strong case, with Norway recently returning Ada Hegerberg to its national team. England will also hope to qualify in front of a hometown crowd at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 tournament this summer.
A total of 10 teams have qualified for next year’s World Cup out of a field of 32.
Australia and New Zealand have automatically qualified as hosts while China, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam have all qualified from Asia.