How every team can reach the quarterfinals

The group stage of UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 is drawing to a close. But who can get through and what is still at stake? Here we take a group-by-group look at what each nation needs to do to reach the knockout rounds.

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The top two teams in each group qualify for the Quarterfinals. Click here for the knockout bracket.


1. Head-to-head between the teams involved (if three teams are tied on points, a mini-league will be created that only includes the results of these teams)
2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches between tied teams
3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches between tied teams

After this phase, if two or more teams remain tied, 1-3 will be reapplied only for those teams.

4. Group goal difference
5. Group goals scored
6. Penalty shootout when the two teams are still level and playing each other in the last group match
7. Lower disciplinary points
8. UEFA coefficient ranking for the final draw.


England and Austria advance from the group.


Saturday, July 16: Finland v Germany, Denmark v Spain (20:00 CET)

Germany: Have already qualified as group winners.

Spain: Will progress as runners-up with a win or draw against Denmark.

Denmark: Must beat Spain to come through second.

Finland: Have been eliminated.


Sunday, July 17: Switzerland-Netherlands, Sweden-Portugal (17:00 BST)

Netherlands: At least one draw against Switzerland is needed to guarantee progress. Can only qualify by losing if Portugal beat Sweden and both games are decided by a one goal difference which would put all four teams on 4 points; SUI-NED also needs to be a higher-scoring game for the Netherlands to finish in the top two (i.e. 2-1 for Switzerland and 1-0 for Portugal). If points and group goal difference are identical between the top three in this scenario, the last places would be 1st Switzerland, 2nd Netherlands, 3rd Portugal.

If the Netherlands win, they will win the group if they beat the Swedes’ result. If Sweden wins too, goal difference will matter as both teams are currently +1 and the Dutch have scored a goal more. The teams played in a draw, so a head-to-head match is equal and that means if they can’t be separated by goals scored, it will be less disciplinary points and eventually the highest UEFA coefficient ranking.

Sweden: Needs at least a draw against Portugal to secure a top two spot. Will lead the group with a win if they beat the Netherlands results with the same goal difference calculation as mentioned above if both teams win. Can only qualify by losing if Netherlands lose, both games will be decided by one goal and SUI-NED is a fewer goal game (so if Sweden lose 2-1, Netherlands will be beaten 1-0).

Portugal: Will qualify with any win if Switzerland loses. If Switzerland wins, Portugal must win by more than 2 goals to progress safely. If both games are decided by a one goal difference, Portugal must decide with the same score or a higher score (so if Switzerland wins 2-1, Portugal must win with a score other than 1-0).

Switzerland: Must beat Netherlands to qualify and secure quarter-final spot if Sweden wins or draws. If Portugal wins, it takes four teams to 4 points; if Switzerland wins by more than 2 goals, they would certainly be second; If Switzerland wins by 1 goal, they advance as long as both games have the same one-goal scoreline (i.e. 1-0 and 1-0) or SUI-NED scores better (2-1 vs. 1-0). . If the games are one goal apart but SWE-POR scores more goals (i.e. 1-0 vs. Switzerland and 2-1 vs. Portugal), then Sweden will be second, Switzerland third and the Netherlands fourth. All other scorelines with three teams finishing with 4 points would also eliminate Switzerland.


Monday, July 18: Iceland v France, Italy v Belgium (17:00 CET)

France: Have already qualified as group winners.

Iceland: Need to beat France in the last group game to secure a place in the Quarterfinals. A draw is enough if ITA-BEL is also tied.

A loss could take Iceland further if ITA-BEL is tied. That’s how it’s done. If ITA-BEL is a goalless draw, each defeat sends Iceland head-to-head in the mini-league. If ITA-BEL is a 1-1 draw, Iceland must lose by 3-2 or more goals (4-3, 5-4 etc.) or by 2+ goals. If ITA-BEL draws 1-1 and Iceland loses 2-1, Belgium and Iceland have identical records and it’s down to lower disciplinary points and ultimately the highest UEFA coefficient ranking. If ITA-BEL draws 1-1 and Iceland loses 0-1, Belgium will be second and Iceland will be eliminated. If ITA-BEL scores a 2-2 draw or more, Iceland cannot qualify by losing and must take at least one point.

Belgium: Will qualify by beating Italy if Iceland cannot beat France. Cannot qualify with a 0-0 draw. In a 1-1 draw, Belgium needs Iceland to lose 0-1 or by 2+ goals. If Belgium draws 1-1 and Iceland loses 2-1, second place will send them to lower disciplinary points and eventually to the highest UEFA coefficient ranking. If Belgium draws 1-1 and Iceland loses by a goal advantage of 3-2 or more (4-3, 5-4), Belgium cannot qualify. In the event of a 2-2 draw or higher (3-3 etc.), any loss for Iceland sends Belgium through. Cannot qualify with a loss.

Italy: Must beat Belgium and hope Iceland lose to France or draw. How every team can reach the quarterfinals

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