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UEFA Women's Euro 2022

UEFA Women's Euro 2022
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Tournament details
Host countryEngland
Dates6–31 July
Venue(s)10 (in 8 host cities)
Final positions
Champions England (1st title)
Runners-up Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored95 (3.06 per match)
Attendance574,865 (18,544 per match)
Top scorer(s)England Beth Mead
Germany Alexandra Popp
(6 goals each)
Best player(s)England Beth Mead
Best young playerGermany Lena Oberdorf

The 2022 UEFA European Women's Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Women's Euro 2022 or simply Euro 2022, was the 13th edition of the UEFA Women's Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organised by UEFA for the women's national teams of Europe. It was the second edition since it was expanded to 16 teams. The tournament was hosted by England, and was originally scheduled to take place from 7 July to 1 August 2021. However, following the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe and subsequent postponements of the 2020 Summer Olympics and UEFA Euro 2020 to summer 2021, the tournament was rescheduled for 6 to 31 July 2022. England last hosted the tournament in 2005, the last to feature eight teams.

Defending champions Netherlands, who won UEFA Women's Euro 2017 as hosts, were eliminated in the quarter-finals to France. Hosts England won their first UEFA Women's Championship title by beating Germany 2–1 after extra time in the final, held at Wembley Stadium in London. As winners, they will compete in the inaugural 2023 Women's Finalissima against Brazil, winners of the 2022 Copa América Femenina.

The video assistant referee (VAR), as well as goal-line technology, were used in the final tournament.

Host selection

England was the only country to submit a bid before the deadline. They were confirmed as hosts at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, on 3 December 2018.


Qualified for UEFA Women's Euro 2022
Did not qualify
Suspended by UEFA after initially qualifying

A total of 48 UEFA nations entered the competition (including Cyprus which entered for the first time at senior women's level, and Kosovo which entered their first Women's Euro), and with the hosts England qualifying automatically, the other 47 teams competed in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining 15 spots in the final tournament. Different from previous qualifying competitions, the preliminary round had been abolished and all entrants started from the qualifying group stage. The qualifying competition consists of two rounds:

  • Qualifying group stage: The 47 teams were drawn into nine groups: two groups of six teams and seven groups of five teams. Each group was played in home-and-away round-robin format. The nine group winners and the three best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) qualified directly for the final tournament, while the remaining six runners-up advanced to the play-offs.
  • Play-offs: The six teams were drawn into three ties to play home-and-away two-legged matches to determine the last three qualified teams.

The draw for the qualifying group stage was held on 21 February 2019 in Nyon. The qualifying group stage took place from August 2019 to December 2020, while the play-offs took place in April 2021, previously scheduled for October 2020.

Qualified teams

In February 2022, the Russian team was suspended following their country's invasion of Ukraine. UEFA later announced on 2 May 2022 that Russian teams were banned from every European competition, disqualifying Russia from the Women's Euro 2022. Portugal, whom Russia defeated in the play-off, would take part instead.

14 of the 16 qualified teams had also taken part in the 2017 edition. Northern Ireland was the only team to make its debut at the 2022 finals. Finland meanwhile returned after missing the previous tournament. Scotland was the only team present in 2017 that failed to qualify for these finals apart from the banned Russia.

The following teams qualified for the final tournament.

Order Team Method of
Date of
Previous best
FIFA ranking
at start of draw
1  England Hosts 3 December 2018 9th 2017 Runners-up (1984, 2009) 8th
2  Germany Group I winners 23 October 2020 11th 2017 Champions (1989, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013) 3rd
3  Netherlands Group A winners 23 October 2020 4th 2017 Champions (2017) 4th
4  Denmark Group B winners 27 October 2020 10th 2017 Runners-up (2017) 15th
5  Norway Group C winners 27 October 2020 12th 2017 Champions (1987, 1993) 12th
6  Sweden Group F winners 27 October 2020 11th 2017 Champions (1984) 2nd
7  France Group G winners 27 November 2020 7th 2017 Quarter-finals (2009, 2013, 2017) 5th
8  Belgium Group H winners 1 December 2020 2nd 2017 Group stage (2017) 19th
9  Iceland Group F runners-up[^] 1 December 2020 4th 2017 Quarter-finals (2013) 16th
10  Spain Group D winners 18 February 2021 4th 2017 Semi-finals (1997) 10th
11  Finland Group E winners 19 February 2021 4th 2013 Semi-finals (2005) 25th
12  Austria Group G runners-up[^] 23 February 2021 2nd 2017 Semi-finals (2017) 21st
13  Italy Group B runners-up[^] 24 February 2021 12th 2017 Runners-up (1993, 1997) 14th
 Russia[!] qualifying play-offs winner 13 April 2021 5th 2017 Group stage (1997, 2001, 2009, 2013, 2017) 24th
14   Switzerland qualifying play-offs winner 13 April 2021 2nd 2017 Group stage (2017) 20th
15  Northern Ireland qualifying play-offs winner 13 April 2021 1st Debut 48th
16  Portugal[!] qualifying play-offs lucky loser 2 May 2022 2nd 2017 Group stage (2017) 30th
  1. ^
    The best three runners-up among all nine groups qualified directly for the final tournament.
  2. ^
    Russia originally qualified by winning their play-off 1–0 on aggregate. However, Russia were suspended by FIFA and UEFA on 28 February 2022. UEFA replaced Russia with Portugal on 2 May 2022.

Final draw

The final draw took place in Manchester, England, on 28 October 2021 at 18:00 CEST.

It was originally set on 6 November 2020, but had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams. The hosts were assigned to position A1 in the draw while the other teams were seeded according to their coefficient ranking following the end of the qualifying stage, calculated based on the following:

Pot 1
Team Coeff Rank
 England H 41,443 3
 Netherlands TH 43,961 1
 Germany 41,924 2
 France 40,898 4
Pot 2
Team Coeff Rank
 Sweden 39,714 5
 Spain 38,913 6
 Norway 38,758 7
 Italy 36,399 8
Pot 3
Team Coeff Rank
 Denmark 35,265 9
 Belgium 34,951 10
  Switzerland 33,693 11
 Austria 33,693 12
Pot 4
Team Coeff Rank
 Iceland 33,458 13
 Russia[!] 30,117 15
 Finland 29,765 16
 Northern Ireland 19,526 27
  • H Hosts (assigned to position A1 in the draw)
  • TH Title holders
  1. ^
    Russia were suspended by FIFA and UEFA on 28 February 2022, with Portugal being chosen by UEFA to take their place on 2 May 2022. This would not have affected the draw, since both teams would be placed in pot 4.


Meadow Lane in Nottingham and London Road in Peterborough were initially included on the list of stadiums when the Football Association submitted the bid to host the tournament. These were changed with the City Ground in Nottingham and St Mary's in Southampton due to UEFA requirements. The City Ground was replaced by Leigh Sports Village when the final list of venues was confirmed in August 2019. On 23 February 2020, Old Trafford in Trafford (Greater Manchester) was confirmed as the venue of the opening match featuring England, with Wembley Stadium to host the final. For Euro 2022, UEFA announced 10 venues.

(Old Trafford)
Sheffield Southampton
Wembley Stadium Old Trafford Bramall Lane St Mary's Stadium
Capacity: 90,000 Capacity: 74,879 Capacity: 32,702 Capacity: 32,505
Wembley Stadium interior.jpg View of Old Trafford from East Stand.jpg Bramall lane1.jpg Southampton U23s versus Dinamo Zagreb II.jpg
Brighton and Hove
Falmer Stadium
Capacity: 31,800
Falmer Stadium - night.jpg
Milton Keynes
Stadium MK
Capacity: 30,500
Stadium MK.jpg
Rotherham Leigh Manchester
Brentford Community Stadium New York Stadium Leigh Sports Village Academy Stadium
Capacity: 17,250 Capacity: 12,021 Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 7,000
Brentford Community Stadium 2020.jpg The New York Stadium.JPG LeighStadium-May2008.jpg Academy Stadium 02.jpg

Criticism arose regarding the geographical distribution of the host venues, with no stadiums being chosen in the North East or the Midlands. Stadium size was also criticised, with major complaints coming from Iceland's Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir; the 7,000 capacity Etihad Academy Stadium being the main focus, which would be limited to 4,700 capacity for the tournament due to UEFA restrictions preventing the use of standing capacity. The decision to include the stadium was labelled "embarrassing" and "disrespectful", and did not reflect the growth of women's football. The Leigh Sports Village would also be restricted to 8,100 instead of its typical 12,000 capacity due to the same restrictions.

Match officials

On 19 April 2022, UEFA announced the selected match officials for the tournament. On 27 April, Belgian official Ella De Vries was added as an assistant VAR.


Assistant referees

  • Austria Sara Telek
  • Colombia Mary Blanco Bolívar
  • Croatia Sanja Rođak-Karšić
  • Cyprus Polyxeni Irodotou
  • Czech Republic Lucie Ratajová
  • England Sian Massey-Ellis
  • England Lisa Rashid
  • Estonia Karolin Kaivoja
  • France Élodie Coppola
  • France Manuela Nicolosi
  • Germany Katrin Rafalski
  • Greece Chrysoula Kourompylia
  • Hungary Anita Vad
  • Italy Francesca Di Monte
  • Netherlands Franca Overtoom
  • Poland Paulina Baranowska
  • Republic of Ireland Michelle O'Neill
  • Romania Petruța Iugulescu
  • Slovakia Mária Súkeníková
  • Slovenia Staša Špur
  • Spain Guadalupe Porras Ayuso
  • Sweden Almira Spahić
  • Switzerland Susanne Küng
  • Ukraine Maryna Striletska
  • Venezuela Migdalia Rodríguez Chirino


Support officials

  • North Macedonia Ivana Projkovska
  • Scotland Lorraine Watson


Each national team had to submit a squad of 23 players, three of whom must be goalkeepers. If a player was injured or ill severely enough to prevent her participation in the tournament before her team's first match, she could be replaced by another player.

Group stage

Result of teams participating in UEFA Euro 2022

The provisional match schedule was confirmed by the UEFA Executive Committee during their meeting in Nyon, Switzerland on 4 December 2019.

The final match schedule was confirmed by the UEFA on 2 May 2022.

The group winners and runners-up advanced to the quarter-finals.


In the group stage, teams were ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria were applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Articles 18.01 and 18.02):

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  5. Goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams have the same number of points, and they met in the last round of the group and are tied after applying all criteria above (not used if more than two teams have the same number of points, or if their rankings are not relevant for qualification for the next stage);
  8. Lower disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  9. UEFA coefficient ranking for the final draw.

All times are local, BST (UTC+1).

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England (H) 3 3 0 0 14 0 +14 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Austria 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 6
3  Norway 3 1 0 2 4 10 −6 3
4  Northern Ireland 3 0 0 3 1 11 −10 0
Source: UEFA
(H) Host
England 1–0 Austria
  • Mead 16'
Attendance: 68,871
Norway 4–1 Northern Ireland

Austria 2–0 Northern Ireland
Attendance: 9,268
Referee: Emikar Calderas Barrera (Venezuela)
England 8–0 Norway

Northern Ireland 0–5 England
Austria 1–0 Norway

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 3 3 0 0 9 0 +9 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Spain 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 6
3  Denmark 3 1 0 2 1 5 −4 3
4  Finland 3 0 0 3 1 8 −7 0
Source: UEFA
Spain 4–1 Finland
Attendance: 16,819
Germany 4–0 Denmark

Denmark 1–0 Finland
Attendance: 11,615
Referee: Iuliana Demetrescu (Romania)
Germany 2–0 Spain

Finland 0–3 Germany
Attendance: 20,721
Referee: Emikar Calderas Barrera (Venezuela)
Denmark 0–1 Spain

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Sweden 3 2 1 0 8 2 +6 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Netherlands 3 2 1 0 8 4 +4 7
3   Switzerland 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1
4  Portugal 3 0 1 2 4 10 −6 1
Source: UEFA
Portugal 2–2  Switzerland
Netherlands 1–1 Sweden
Attendance: 21,342
Referee: Cheryl Foster (Wales)

Sweden 2–1  Switzerland
Attendance: 12,914
Netherlands 3–2 Portugal
Attendance: 6,966
Referee: Ivana Martinčić (Croatia)

Switzerland  1–4 Netherlands
Attendance: 22,596
Referee: Iuliana Demetrescu (Romania)
Sweden 5–0 Portugal

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 3 2 1 0 8 3 +5 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Belgium 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3  Iceland 3 0 3 0 3 3 0 3
4  Italy 3 0 1 2 2 7 −5 1
Source: UEFA
Belgium 1–1 Iceland
Attendance: 3,859
Referee: Tess Olofsson (Sweden)
France 5–1 Italy
Attendance: 8,541

Italy 1–1 Iceland
France 2–1 Belgium
Attendance: 8,173
Referee: Cheryl Foster (Wales)

Iceland 1–1 France
Italy 0–1 Belgium
Attendance: 3,919
Referee: Ivana Martinčić (Croatia)

Knockout stage

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary.


20 July – Brighton and Hove
 England (a.e.t.)2
26 July – Sheffield
22 July – Leigh
31 July – London (Wembley)
 England (a.e.t.)2
21 July – London (Brentford)
27 July – Milton Keynes
23 July – Rotherham
 France (a.e.t.)1


England 2–1 (a.e.t.) Spain

Germany 2–0 Austria

Sweden 1–0 Belgium

France 1–0 (a.e.t.) Netherlands
Attendance: 9,764
Referee: Ivana Martinčić (Croatia)


England 4–0 Sweden
Attendance: 28,624

Germany 2–1 France
Attendance: 27,445
Referee: Cheryl Foster (Wales)


England 2–1 (a.e.t.) Germany
Attendance: 87,192


There were 95 goals scored in 31 matches, for an average of 3.06 goals per match.

6 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal


UEFA Team of the Tournament

UEFA's technical observer team was given the objective of naming a team of the best eleven players from the tournament. Four players from the winning England squad were named in the team as well as five from runners-up Germany.

Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
England Mary Earps Germany Giulia Gwinn
England Leah Williamson
Germany Marina Hegering
France Sakina Karchaoui
England Keira Walsh
Germany Lena Oberdorf
Spain Aitana Bonmatí
England Beth Mead
Germany Alexandra Popp
Germany Klara Bühl

Player of the Tournament

The Player of the Tournament award was given to Beth Mead, who was chosen by UEFA's technical observers.

Young Player of the Tournament

The Young Player of the Tournament award was open to players born on or after 1 January 1999. The inaugural award was given to Lena Oberdorf, as chosen by UEFA's technical observers.

Top Scorer

The top scorer award, sponsored by Grifols, was given to the top scorer in the tournament. Beth Mead won the award with six goals scored in the tournament. Though she finished level with Alexandra Popp on goals, Mead had more assists in the tournament. The ranking was determined using the following criteria: 1) goals, 2) assists, 3) fewest minutes played, 4) goals in qualifying.

Top scorer rankings
Rank Player Goals Assists Minutes
1st place, gold medalist(s) England Beth Mead 6 5 450
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Germany Alexandra Popp 6 0 361
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) England Alessia Russo 4 1 265

Prize money

In September 2021, UEFA announced that the prize money for the UEFA Women's Euro 2022 championship will be €16 million, double the amount of the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 prize money.

The prize money distribution for the teams is:

  • Qualification to the final series: €600,000
  • Win a match in group stage: €100,000
  • Draw a match in group stage: €50,000
  • Reaching the quarter-final: €205,000
  • Reaching the semi-final: €320,000
  • Runner-up: €420,000
  • Champions: €660,000

The prize money is cumulative; if the champions also win all three of their group matches they will receive a total of €2,085,000.



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