Published 07 May 2021 3 min read

Women's World Cup qualifying dates confirmed

Written by:

Callum Davies

New Lionesses head coach Sarina Wiegman will take charge of her first match with England against North Macedonia on Friday 17 September 2021.
Following last month's 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification draw, which saw England grouped with Austria, Northern Ireland, North Macedonia, Latvia and Luxembourg, UEFA have now formally confirmed the fixture schedule.
Wiegman won't join up with the Lionesses until after leading the Netherlands at the Tokyo Olympic Games, where she will also be joined by a Great Britain squad led by England interim boss Hege Riise.
But she's pleased to know what her first campaign with England will look like once the summer is over.
“It's very exciting to know our route to the World Cup, which will start with a home match against North Macedonia," revealed Wiegman.
"I really hope that by that time COVID-19 will be a distant memory and the fans will be able to support us on our journey to Australia and New Zealand.
"However, we all have other duties to fulfil in Tokyo first, so for now I wish Hege, the team and the entire staff the very best."
Sarina Wiegman will take charge of England for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification campaign
Sarina Wiegman will take charge of England for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup qualification campaign
Notable fixtures against Austria, who reached the semi-finals of the 2017 UEFA EURO alongside the Lionesses, will come away on Saturday 27 November 2021 and at home on Saturday 3 September 2022. Austria, like Northern Ireland, have qualified for next summer’s delayed EURO to be played in England.
Another eye-catching date for the calendar is when Northern Ireland visit on Saturday 23 October 2021 with the return match on Tuesday 12 April 2022.
The programme will finish at home to Luxembourg on Tuesday 6 September 2022, with England hoping to be one of nine group winners who will qualify automatically for the finals in Australia and New Zealand, with three other places open via play-offs.

23 Feb 2021 4:32

England 6-0 Northern Ireland

The Lionesses met Northern Ireland earlier in 2021 in a match at St. George's Park

The full list of qualifiers, with venues and kick-off times to be confirmed are below:-

Friday 17 September 2021 - North Macedonia (h)
Tuesday 21 September 2021 - Luxembourg (a)
Saturday 23 October 2021 - Northern Ireland (h)
Tuesday 26 October 2021 - Latvia (a)
Saturday 27 November 2021 - Austria (a)
Tuesday 30 November 2021 - Latvia (h)
Friday 8 April 2022 - North Macedonia (a)
Tuesday 12 April 2022 - Northern Ireland (a)
Saturday 3 September 2022 - Austria (h)
Tuesday 6 September 2022 - Luxembourg (h)

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