It is a big day today for the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team who will be watching at 1230 PM to discover their opponents for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The biggest tournament in women’s football will be staged in Australia and New Zealand in 2023 with Vera Pauw’s squad kicking off their qualifying campaign in September.

The winners of the nine qualifying groups will progress directly to the finals with the runners-up taking part in the UEFA Play-Offs in October 2022.

The team just missed out on next year’s Euro Finals in England, missing out to Ukraine after a strong campaign. They went on to lose to Northern Ireland who will be waving the flag in place of Katie McCabe, Niamh Fahey, Áine O’Gorman and the rest.

The teams are divided into six pots based on the UEFA women’s national team coefficient ranking issued after the conclusion of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 qualifying group stage.

Pot 1: Netherlands, Germany, England, France, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Italy, Denmark

Pot 2: Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Iceland, Scotland, Russia, Finland, Portugal, Wales

Pot 3: Czech Republic, Ukraine, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Slovenia, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Northern Ireland

Pot 4: Slovakia, Hungary, Belarus, Croatia, Greece, Albania, North Macedonia, Israel, Azerbaijan

Pot 5: Turkey, Malta, Kosovo, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Latvia

Pot 6: Montenegro, Lithuania, Estonia, Luxembourg, Armenia, Bulgaria

Recent performances against Belgium and Denmark, both of whom are possible opponents from the top two pots suggest the team is getting close enough to the top to be competitive.

It would be good to avoid Norway the Netherlands and Germany especially from Pot One, all of whom have eliminated us from recent tournaments, though clearly there is danger all around.

England, Scotland, Greece, Malta and Luxembourg would be easiest from a travel perspective. We will know the opposition by lunchtime with the first three windows for matches this September, October and November.


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