European trio secure France 2018 berths


  • Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain qualify for 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup
  • Trio secure France 2018 spots after reaching UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship semi-finals
  • England to play arch-rivals Scotland for final European qualifying berth

Germany, the Netherlands, and Spain have qualified for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup after securing their spots in the semi-finals of this year’s UEFA Women’s U-19 Championship.

They join hosts France and Oceania qualifiers New Zealand in assuring their places at France 2018 after successfully negotiating their way through the group stage at Northern Ireland 2017.

Three-time champions Germany will be making a ninth trip to a U-20 Women’s World Cup, while Spain will make their third appearance at the world finals. For the Netherlands, this is a first-ever qualification on the global stage at this age group.

With hosts France already assured of their place at the U-20 Women’s World Cup, England will face arch-rivals Scotland in a play-off on Thursday for the fourth and final qualification spot after both sides finished third in their respective groups.

In Thursday’s semi-finals at Windsor Park in Belfast, Group A winners Germany will meet Group B runners-up France, while the Netherlands will face Group A runners-up Spain after winning Group B.

Next year’s U-20 Women’s World Cup will take place in France from 7 to 26 August 2018.

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