Scotland and Portugal were given the opportunity to play at home throughout the European play-off qualifiers for next year’s Women’s World Cup.
In Friday’s nine-team play-off draw, Scotland were paired up with Austria, who were the quarter-finalists of the European Championship two months ago, with the winner moving on to host Ireland.
Portugal welcomes Belgium, also a Euro 2022 quarter-finalist, with the winner hosting Iceland five days later.
Wales drew at home with Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in five days the winner will go to meet with Switzerland. All games are held from 6 to 11 October.
Two teams will advance directly to the World Championships in Australia and New Zealand, while another will advance to the Intercontinental Playoffs in February.
World Championship places are awarded to the two play-off winners with the best overall qualifying result. The other playoff winner advances to the Intercontinental Playoffs, where 10 teams compete for the last three places in a newly expanded roster of 32 nations.
Nine European teams have already earned their place in the tournament from 20 July to 20 August by winning their qualifying group. These are: Denmark, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden.
Spanish football referees strike on the eve of the start of the championship
MADRID. Spanish football referees have gone on strike demanding higher wages and better working conditions, jeopardizing the start of the national women’s league. The referees released a statement late Thursday evening saying they have “decided not to play any Women’s First Division matches under the current working and economic conditions.” The league should start playing on Saturday. This will be the first season of a fully professional women’s league in Spain after years of campaigning for better working conditions and pay. But the judges say they are left behind. They are asking for a pay rise, saying €320 ($322) for referees and €160 ($161) for assistants per match is not enough.