Women's World Cup qualifying draw: Scotland discover opponents ahead of 2023 tournament qualifiers
Scotland Women’s opponents for the Women’s World Cup 2023 qualifying campaign have been revealed following today’s draw in Nyon, Switzerland.
Currently without a head coach since the departure of Shelley Kerr, the national team will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing Euro 2021 qualifying campaign which saw them fail to qualify for the tournament.
Scotland, currently ranked at 23rd in the FIFA rankings, were seeded in the draw for the finals and will form a five-team group that includes Spain, Ukraine, Hungary and Faroe Islands. Fixtures are due to begin this September.
While the winners of each group will progress to the 2023 finals automatically, the runners-up will then enter into a play-off, which will end with one team progressing to the finals and another progress to an inter-continental play-off that features nine other sides from across the globe, each vying for three finals places.
Although the draw will see Jorge Vilda’s Spain as clear favourites to win the group, Scotland will be confident they can overcome the likes of Ukraine, Hungary and the Faroe Islands who are each ranked below Scotland. Scotland will also hope to avenge their painful Euro 2013 qualifying exit that saw Spain strike in the final seconds of extra time to halt Scottish hopes of qualifying for European Championships, held in Sweden, that year.
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