The Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team will get their World Cup ’23 Qualifying Campaign underway on September 17th with an away trip to Georgia in the opening fixture in Group A.

Their first home game will be against top seeds Sweden on October 21st, followed five days later by an away game against their other likely closest rivals for the top spot or the playoff place that will go to the runners up.

There will be home games against Slovakia and Georgia in November of this year before a crunch away game in Sweden on April 1st and the conclusion of the group stages after a summer break for the Euro Championship finals in England next summer.

The final two games will be on September 1st at home to Finland and September 6th away to Slovakia.

The finals tournament will take place in Australia and New Zealand in the summer of 2023.

The winners of the nine qualifying groups will progress directly to the finals while the group runners-up will take part in the UEFA play-offs in October 2022.

It will not be a simple knock out though. The three best runners-up will be seeded directly to round two of the playoffs.

The six remaining runners-up will contest three single-leg playoffs in round one.

The three winners from round one and the three teams seeded directly to round two will then compete in single-leg playoffs determined by a draw.

The two playoff winners with the highest ranking based on results in the qualifying group stage and round two of the playoffs will qualify straight to the finals.

The remaining playoff winner will compete in the inter-confederation playoffs in Australia and New Zealand for a final spot.

We’ll need calculators if it gets to that stage but the important thing is getting into a position where that matters and now the roadmap is at least known.

Kick-off times, venues and TV broadcast details for the games will be revealed closer to the time.

 

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