Hege Riise’s England squad will be drawn in the same group as Northern Ireland in the Women’s 2023 World Cup qualifiers while Scotland undergoes the Spanish test
- The qualification groups for the Women’s Football World Cup 2023 are known
- England and Northern Ireland are drawn in the same qualifying group
- Austria, North Macedonia, Latvia and Luxembourg will join them in Group D.
- The Lionesses reached the semifinals in 2019 before being defeated by the US.
England and Northern Ireland are drawn in the same qualification group for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
Austria, North Macedonia, Latvia and Luxembourg will join them in Group D of the European qualifiers as they aim to reach the finals in Australia and New Zealand.
The Lionesses reached the semifinals in 2019 before being defeated by the eventual winners of the United States, while Northern Ireland is aiming to reach their first final after finishing their big tournament duck earlier this year by qualifying for Euro 2022.
Riise’s England team plays a draw with Northern Ireland in the FIFA 2023 Women’s World Cup qualifiers
Scotland, which qualified for the last World Cup in France, was drawn in Group B with Spain, Ukraine, Hungary and the Faroe Islands.
Wales, which has not yet reached a major tournament, will be looking for a change in fate after being drawn in Group I alongside France, Slovenia, Greece, Kazakhstan and Estonia.
The Republic of Ireland was drawn in Group A, which included Spain, Finland, Slovakia and Greece, and has never qualified for a World Cup or European Championship.
Austria, North Macedonia, Latvia and Luxembourg all join England in Group D.
England reached the semi-finals in 2019 before being defeated by the eventual winners the USA.
Europe will supply up to 12 teams from the expanded finals, which will include 32 countries for the first time.
The winners of each of the nine European qualifying groups will automatically qualify, while each runner-up competes in the playoffs to decide two more places.
A final runner-up will take part in a 10-team tournament in Australia and New Zealand in February 2023, when they will play against teams from the other federations for one of the three finals.