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European qualifying groups for 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup announced
Seven countries attempting to qualify for the 2019 WWC are represented in the NWSL
Nadia Nadim of Portland Thorns FC (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)
Nadia Nadim of Portland Thorns FC (Photo credit: Andy Mead/isiphotos.com)

The group stage draw for European qualifiers for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France has been announced, a qualification tournament that could see as many as 11 NWSL players, across seven countries, compete. Wales, Denmark, Scotland, Norway, Iceland, England and Portugal are all represented in the NWSL and league players from those countries could be named to the qualifying rosters.

Players include: Jess Fishlock (Seattle Reign FC/Wales), Nadia Nadim (Portland Thorns FC/Denmark), Line Sigvardsen Jensen (Washington Spirit/Denmark), Rachel Corsie (Seattle Reign FC/Scotland), Emilie Haavi (Boston Breakers/Norway), Denise O’Sullivan (Republic of Ireland), Amanda DaCosta (Boston Breakers/Portugal) and Dagný Brynjarsdóttir (Portland Thorns FC/Iceland).

In addition, Leah Galton (Sky Blue FC), Natasha Dowie (Boston Breakers) and Rachel Daly (Houston Dash) have all represented England on the senior or youth national team levels, though they were not named to the roster for England’s upcoming trip to the UEFA Women’s Euro tournament this summer in the Netherlands.

Portland Thorns FC midfielder Amandine Henry, who won the Silver Ball representing France at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, is also expected compete in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup — but, as host nation, France is automatically qualified for the Women’s World Cup and will not take part in the UEFA qualifying tournament.

The qualifying group stage runs from September 11, 2017 to September 4, 2018. The winners of each group advance to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, while the four group runners-up


Full groups:

Group 1

England

Russia

Wales

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kazakhstan

Group 2

Switzerland

Scotland

Poland

Belarus

Albania

Group 3

Norway

Netherlands

Republic of Ireland

Slovakia

Northern Ireland

Group 4

Sweden

Denmark

Ukraine

Hungary

Croatia

Group 5

Germany

Iceland

Czech Republic

Slovenia

Faroe Islands

Group 6

Italy

Belgium

Romania

Portugal

Moldova

Group 7

Spain

Austria

Finland

Serbia

Israel

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