Article 16 Match dates and fixtures - Women's World Cup Qualifiers

Regulations of the UEFA European Qualifying Competition for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup

Content Type
Competition Regulations
National teams
English (United Kingdom)
Enforcement Date
11 July 2021

All qualifying matches are played within the following windows listed in the 2020-23 FIFA Women's International Match Calendar:

  1. Group stage

    • 13-21 September 2021

    • 18-26 October 2021

    • 22-30 November 2021

    • 4–12 April 2022

    • 29 August-6 September 2022

  2. Play-offs

    • 3-11 October 2022 (round 1: 6 October; round 2: 11 October)


Each team must have at least two rest days between matches (i.e. a team that plays on Thursday cannot play again until Sunday at the earliest).


If all associations concerned are in agreement and in line with the principles governing the release of players for association teams as laid down in Annexe 1, Article 1bis of the FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players, matches in the group stage may be played on any other date, with the exception of the last matches of a group, which, for reasons of sporting fairness, must take place on the same day.


Meetings to determine fixtures in the group stage will take place immediately after the group stage draw. Associations must agree on the exact date of each match. Associations which are not represented at these meetings automatically accept the decisions taken by the other associations in their group. If the associations in question are unable to reach agreement, the matches will take place according to a standard fixture list drawn up by the UEFA administration. Any subsequent changes of date are subject to the approval of the UEFA administration. In such a case, the host association for the match in question must also inform the other associations in the group.


The dates for the play-off matches must be agreed between the two associations concerned within four working days following the play-off draw. If no agreement can be reached the UEFA administration will take a decision which is final.