Soccer-UEFA will change qualifying format for Women's World Cup, says Kessler

Soccer-UEFA will change qualifying format for Women's World Cup, says Kessler


4/12/2021 12:11:00 AM

Soccer-UEFA will change qualifying format for Women's World Cup, says Kessler

(Reuters) - UEFA will change the format of its continental qualifiers for the Women's World Cup from 2023 following criticism over a lack of competitiveness, the head of women's football at the European soccer governing body, Nadine Kessler, has said.

England's rout of Latvia was not the only European qualifier this week which featured a one-way encounter as Norway thrashed Armenia 10-0 and Ireland beat Georgia 11-0."We acknowledge that we absolutely don't want to see that," Kessler was quoted as sayying by the Guardian on Friday."It's not good for the development of women's football, not for smaller or big associations, and it will change as of 2023.

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"We're looking at all of the formats that we've used before... what was good and what wasn't good to then draw up what hopefully will be the best format to improve the competitiveness."Kessler said UEFA would consider a Nations League-like format as an option.

The Nations League, a biennial men's competition, is divided into four divisions based on UEFA rankings and linked with European qualification for the World Cup."We are considering lots of different options, like a Nations League but not only a Nations League, to see how we can close this gap," Kessler said, adding differences in the quality of teams would not be bridged by changes to the format alone.

"... If you don't play regularly, at an elite level, for a national team, if your league is not up and running and has to be cancelled, then these are all factors as to why, right now, we see results like we've never seen before."UEFA was not immediately to comment.

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The next Women's World Cup finals will be held in Australia and New Zealand from July 20 to August 20 2023.(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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