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England Women’s Euro 2025 qualifiers: Fixtures and results

Alessia Russo – England Women's Euro 2025 qualifiers: Fixtures and results

After beating France on Tuesday, England remain third in their group but know that two victories from their final qualifying matches would guarantee them a place at next year’s Women’s European Championship.

Those two remaining fixtures are at home to the Republic of Ireland on July 12 at Carrow Road, then away to Sweden in Gothenburg on Tuesday, July 16.

Taking four points from those two matches would also be enough for England, provided that either Sweden fail to beat France on July 12 or Sweden beat France and France lose to the Republic of Ireland.

The worst-case scenario for England is a place in the play-offs this autumn, which offers teams a second chance to reach the tournament in Switzerland. That would require them to win two rounds of two-legged knockout ties.

Republic of Ireland, still without a point after four games, are already guaranteed to finish bottom of the four-team group and be relegated to tier two when the next Nations League cycle arrives, but they will nonetheless contest the Euros play-offs later this year.

England’s Euro 2025 qualifying fixtures

England face France, Sweden and the Republic of Ireland, home and away, across three international windows. The sides who finish outside the top two, and therefore do not qualify automatically, will contest play-offs over two rounds of two-legged ties across two windows in the autumn of 2024.

Friday, April 5
England 1 Sweden 1, Wembley

Tuesday, April 9
Republic of Ireland 0 England 2, Aviva Stadium

Friday, May 31
England 1 France 2, St James’ Park

Tuesday, June 4
France 1 England 2, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard

Friday, 12 July
England vs Republic of Ireland, Carrow Road, 8pm

Tuesday, 16 July
Sweden vs England, Gamla Ullevi, 6pm

How to watch

All England matches are being televised by ITV Sport.

Other key dates

Oct 21-29
Either Euro 2025 qualifying play-offs (if needed) or friendlies.

Nov 25-Dec 3
Either Euro 2025 qualifying play-offs final round (if needed) or friendlies.

Dec 16
Draw for Euro 2025.

Who are England’s group opponents

France

Frequently tipped for greatness but so far proving to be perennial underachievers at major tournaments.

Managed by Hervé Renard, who famously oversaw Saudi Arabia’s shock victory against Argentina at the men’s 2022 World Cup in Qatar, they reached the quarter-finals at the Women’s World Cup last year but lost on penalties to co-hosts Australia. France were also the runners-up in the inaugural Women’s Nations League in February.

They have a team littered with stars from Paris St-Germain and the record eight-time Women’s Champions League winners Lyon, and have a strong head-to-head record against England historically.
Key player: Kadidiatou Diani (forward, Lyon)
Results so far: France 1 Republic of Ireland 0; Sweden 0 France 1, England 1 France 2

Sweden

Regulars in the latter stages of major women’s tournaments and silver medallists at the past two Olympic Games, Sweden are a giant presence in global women’s football and finished third at the 2023 World Cup.

They were comprehensively undone by England at Bramall Lane in the Euros semi-finals in 2022 but remain a formidable team.

The Swedes, surprisingly, finished only third in their Nations League group last autumn, largely because of a costly away defeat against Switzerland – and that is why they found themselves in Pot Three for the draw.
Key player: Stina Blackstenius (striker, Arsenal)
Results so far: England 1 Sweden 1; Sweden 0 France 1, Republic of Ireland 0 Sweden 3

Republic of Ireland

The Irish are entering a new era under head coach Eileen Gleeson. She has replaced Vera Pauw, whose four-year reign ended after last summer’s World Cup when the Republic of Ireland went out in the group stages.

In her six Nations League matches in charge, Gleeson oversaw an impressive six wins in League B to earn promotion to League A for this latest cycle. That saw them beat Albania, Hungary and Northern Ireland twice each. However, they will go into this League A campaign as major underdogs against three of the world’s top five-ranked sides.
Key player: Katie McCabe (left-back/winger, Arsenal)
Results so far: France 1 Republic of Ireland 0; Republic of Ireland 0 England 2, Republic of Ireland 0 Sweden 3

How does qualifying work?

Three of the world’s top five-ranked sides are in Group A3 – France (third), England (fourth) and Sweden (fifth), along with the Republic of Ireland (24th) – but only the top two will be guaranteed automatic qualification for next summer’s tournament in Switzerland.

England’s chances of qualifying for Euro 2025 – and defending the title – remain relatively strong overall, however, because the new format means the third- and fourth-placed teams in their group will take part in play-offs as a back-up route to the finals.

The qualification process has been merged with the Women’s Nations League, which began in 2023. England are in League A and therefore were guaranteed to face strong sides in qualifying, while teams in Leagues B and C cannot qualify for the Euros automatically and can only hope for play-off spots at best.

Full qualifying draw

League A

League B

  • Group B1: Switzerland, Hungary, Turkey, Azerbaijan

  • Group B2: Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Israel

  • Group B3: Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Malta

  • Group B4: Wales, Croatia, Ukraine, Kosovo

League C

  • Group C1: Belarus, Lithuania, Cyprus, Georgia

  • Group C2: Slovenia, Latvia, North Macedonia, Moldova

  • Group C3: Greece, Montenegro, Andorra, Faroe Islands

  • Group C4: Romania, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Armenia

  • Group C5: Albania, Estonia, Luxembourg

When are the 2025 Euros taking place?

The 16-team tournament will run from July 2-27, 2025.

Where is the 2025 tournament being hosted?

Switzerland are the host country after beating off competition from Poland, France and jointly Denmark/Finland/Norway/Sweden.

Who are the defending champions?

England are the defending champions after lifting the trophy on home soil in 2022.

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