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England’s potential route to the Women’s Euro 2022 final: Key dates and possible opponents

England will try to make home field advantage count as they bid for a first win of the Women’s European Championship this summer.

The Lionesses are coming into phenomenal form in the tournament, which runs from July 6 to July 31, still undefeated since manager Sarina Wiegman’s arrival last year and looking imperious in their qualifying group for the 2023 World Cup.

The tournament will be held in England, with the final – like last year at the Men’s European Championships – taking place at Wembley Stadium.

Sarina Wiegman's side will try to win a first European Championship for women this summer

Sarina Wiegman’s side will try to win a first European Championship for women this summer

England is the host country in Group A, alongside Austria, Norway and compatriots Northern Ireland

England is the host country in Group A, alongside Austria, Norway and compatriots Northern Ireland

Just six games stand in the way of England taking home the prestigious trophy next month, with 16 teams competing in the tournament.

Last October’s group stage draw was favorable for England, and they will be confident of reaching the knockouts once more.

There things will soon become considerably more difficult, with a ravishing clash against Germany potentially reaching the quarter-finals. sports post takes you through the full route to the final below.

The group stage

England, who were automatically placed in Group A as hosts, will kick off the tournament against Austria, who reached the semi-finals of the tournament in 2017.

Austria is in England’s ongoing World Cup qualifying group, and England took a 1-0 win when the pair met at the Stadium of Light last year.

They will also face compatriots Northern Ireland – also in their World Cup qualifying group – whom they recently defeated 4-0 and 5-0.

Also included in the group is Norway, which they played at the 2015 and 2019 World Cups and won both times.

Fixtures:

  • England vs Austria – Wednesday 6th July at 8pm
  • England vs Norway – Monday 11th July at 8pm
  • Northern Ireland vs England – Friday 15th July at 8pm
England will take on Northern Ireland, who they have comfortably beaten twice in World Cup qualifiers

England will take on Northern Ireland, who they have comfortably beaten twice in World Cup qualifiers

England also took a 1-0 win over Austria in their World Cup qualifier in November last year

England also took a 1-0 win over Austria in their World Cup qualifier in November last year

The quarterfinals

This is where things get a little more complicated as who will play England will depend on whether they finish first or second in Group A, with the top two from each group advancing to the knockouts.

If England are to triumph as group winners, they will play against the number two in Group B on Wednesday 20 July, with the match starting at 8pm at the Brighton and Hove Community Stadium.

Even if England take first place, they will likely still face stiff opposition, with Group B arguably the ‘Group of Death’ of the tournament.

Spain are the tournament favorites and are expected to top Group B, but Denmark – which lost to the Netherlands in the final in 2017 – and Germany could push them all the way.

In the quarter-finals, England can face Germany, who they defeated to win the Arnold Clark Cup earlier this year

In the quarter-finals, England can face Germany, who they defeated to win the Arnold Clark Cup earlier this year

However, it is Germany that is most likely to compete with Spain, which has largely dominated women’s football in recent history. They won six titles in a row between 1995 and 2013, before reaching the quarterfinals in 2017.

England, however, would be sure to face off after beating Germany to win the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup earlier this year.

However, if England finish second in Group A, they will face the winners of Group B, which, as mentioned, will likely be Spain. The match was to take place on Thursday 21 July at the London Community Stadium.

There is no doubt that Spain has underperformed in women’s football, with their best performance at the European Championships some 25 years ago when they reached the semi-finals.

But with key player Alexia Putellas, who won the 2021 Ballon d’Or trophy, pulling the strings, they are now arguably the technically best side of the tournament.

England could be forced to face tournament favorites Spain already in the quarter-finals if they don't win Group A

England could be forced to face tournament favorites Spain already in the quarter-finals if they don’t win Group A

The semifinals

Who would play England in the last four again will depend on which route they went, either as Group A winner or second.

If England finish as winners of Group A and beat the runner-up in Group B in Quarter-Final 1, they will play against the winners of Quarter-Final 3, with the match taking place at Bramall Lane on Tuesday 26 July.

Quarter-final 3 will be played by the winners of Group C and the runners-up of Group D.

There is no doubt who are the favorites to win Group C, reigning champions of the Netherlands, who defeated Denmark in 2017 to win the tournament for the first time in their history.

They had never made it to a major final before winning on home soil, but two years later they found themselves in another, only this time losing to the US in the flagship 2019 World Cup.

Since then, however, the Netherlands has lost Wiegman to England, with Englishman Mark Parsons taking over. They now remain in a battle for World Cup qualifiers, currently second behind Iceland. Only one team in each group will automatically qualify with the runner-up entering a play-off.

Vivianne Miedema and her Dutch side can face England in a tough showdown in the semi-finals

Vivianne Miedema and her Dutch side can face England in a tough showdown in the semi-finals

Anyway, with Vivianne Miedema in the selection, the Netherlands will be a tough test for any team.

The Netherlands will likely face Iceland or Italy in their quarter-finals, with France expected to win Group D. Despite the World Cup standings, they will be the preferred choice to win and potentially face England in a tempting semi-final.

England could of course also advance to the semi-finals as second in Group B, before beating Spain in the quarter-finals.

In this case, they would play at Stadium MK on Wednesday 27th July against the winners of quarter-final four – that is between the winners of Group D and the runners-up of Group C.

As mentioned, France is the clear favorite to win in Group D. And should the Netherlands win Group C, as expected, you think Les Bleus would have too much for Italy, Belgium or Iceland.

It therefore seems likely that England will face France in the semi-finals if they fail to win Group A.

England could face France in the semi-finals if they finish second in Group A

England could face France in the semi-finals if they finish second in Group A

The last

We now finally reach the final, where England hope to triumph in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 31 July.

Again, who will play England will come down to what path they have taken. If England win Group A and then beat Germany and the Netherlands, they will likely face Spain or France, who will meet in the semi-finals if all goes as expected.

If England finish second in Group B and therefore have to beat Spain and France en route to the final, they will probably have to face Germany or the Netherlands, who would meet in the semi-final.

Full match list European Championship 2022 women

*All times in BST

group stage

wednesday july 6

  • Group A: England vs Austria (Old Trafford) at 8pm

thursday 7 july

  • Group A: Norway vs Northern Ireland (St Mary’s) at 8pm

friday july 8

  • Group B: Spain vs Finland (Stadium MK) at 5pm
  • Group B: Germany vs Denmark (London Community Stadium) at 8pm

Saturday July 9th

  • Group C: Portugal vs Switzerland (Leigh Sports Village) at 5pm
  • Group C: Netherlands vs Sweden (Bramall Lane) at 8pm

sunday july 10

  • Group D: Belgium vs Iceland (Manchester City Academy Stadium) at 5pm
  • Group D: France vs Italy (New York Stadium) at 8pm

Monday 11 July

  • Group A: Austria vs Northern Ireland (St Mary’s) at 5pm
  • Group A: England v Norway (Brighton and Hove Community Stadium) at 8pm

tuesday july 12

  • Group B: Denmark vs Finland (Stadium MK) at 5pm
  • Group B: Germany vs Spain (London Community Stadium) at 8pm

Wednesday 13 July

  • Group C: Sweden vs Switzerland (Bramall Lane) at 5pm
  • Group C: Netherlands v Portugal (Leigh Sports Village) at 8pm

thursday 14 july

  • Group D: Italy vs Iceland (Manchester City Academy Stadium) at 5pm
  • Group D: France vs Belgium (New York Stadium) at 8pm

Friday 15 July

  • Group A: Northern Ireland v England (St Mary’s) at 8pm
  • Group A: Austria vs Norway (Brighton and Hove Community Stadium) at 8pm

Saturday July 16

  • Group B: Finland vs Germany (Stadium MK) at 8pm
  • Group B: Denmark vs Spain (London Community Stadium) at 8pm

sunday july 17

  • Group C: Switzerland vs Netherlands (Bramall Lane) at 5pm
  • Group C: Sweden vs Portugal (Leigh Sports Village) at 5pm

Monday 18 July

  • Group D: Iceland vs France (New York Stadium) at 8pm
  • Group D: Italy vs Belgium (Manchester City Academy Stadium) at 8pm

knockout phase

Quarter-finals

Wednesday 20 July

  • Quarter-final 1: Winners Group A v Runners-up Group B (Brighton and Hove Community Stadium) at 8 p.m.

Thursday 21 July

Quarter-final 2: Winners Group B v Runners-up Group A (London Community Stadium) at 8pm

friday 22 july

  • Quarter Finals 3: Winners Group C v Runners-up Group D (Leigh Sports Village) at 8pm
  • Quarter-final 4: Winners Group D v Runners-up Group C (New York Stadium) at 8 p.m.

Semi finals

tuesday 26 july

  • Semifinal 1: Winners Quarter Final 1 v Winners Quarter Final 3 (Bramall Lane) at 8pm

wednesday july 27

  • Semi-final 2: Winners quarter-final 2 v Winners quarter-final 4 (Stadium MK) at 8 p.m.

Last

sunday July 31

  • Winners semi-final 1 v Winners semi-final 2 (Wembley) at 5 p.m.

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