UEFA Women's Euro 2017

The 2017 UEFA Women's Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Women's Euro 2017, was the 12th edition of the UEFA Women's Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organised by UEFA for the women's national teams of Europe. The competition was expanded to 16 teams (from 12 teams in the previous edition).[1]

UEFA Women's Euro 2017
Europees kampioenschap voetbal vrouwen 2017
Tournament details
Host countryNetherlands
Dates16 July – 6 August 2017
Teams16
Venue(s)7 (in 7 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Netherlands (1st title)
Runners-up Denmark
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored68 (2.19 per match)
Attendance247,041 (7,969 per match)
Top scorer(s) Jodie Taylor (5 goals)
Best player(s) Lieke Martens

The Netherlands were declared as hosts by the UEFA Executive Committee on 4 December 2014.[2]

Germany's 22-year reign as champions of Europe was ended after losing 1–2 to Denmark in the quarter-finals.[3] In addition it was only Germany's second loss in the finals since 1993.[4] Another former winner, Norway, lost to both finalists, the Netherlands and Denmark, and ended without goals or points.

The Netherlands won their first ever title by beating fellow first time finalists, Denmark, 4–2 in the final.[5]

Host selection

Expressions of interest in hosting the tournament were received from seven associations.[6]

On 4 December 2014 The Netherlands were chosen as hosts for the first time having never previously staged the tournament.[7]

Qualification

A total of 47 UEFA nations entered the competition (including Andorra which entered for the first time at senior women's level), and with the hosts Netherlands qualifying automatically, the other 46 teams competed in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining 15 spots in the final tournament.[2][8] The qualifying competition, which took place from April 2015 to October 2016, consisted of three rounds:[9]

  • Preliminary round: The eight lowest-ranked teams were drawn into two groups of four teams. Each group was played in single round-robin format at one of the pre-selected hosts. The two group winners advanced to the qualifying group stage.
  • Qualifying group stage: The 40 teams (38 highest-ranked teams and two preliminary round qualifiers) were drawn into eight groups of five teams. Each group was played in home-and-away round-robin format. The eight group winners and the six best runners-up (not counting results against the fifth-placed team) qualified directly for the final tournament, while the two remaining runners-up advanced to the play-offs.
  • Play-offs: The two teams played home-and-away two-legged matches to determine the last qualified team.

Qualified teams

The following 16 teams qualified for the final tournament. Five teams made their Women's Euro debuts. The only team that qualified in 2013 but did not qualify in 2017 was Finland.

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA ranking
at start of event
 NetherlandsHosts4 December 20143rd2013Semi-finals (2009)12
 FranceGroup 3 winners11 April 20166th2013Quarter-finals (2009, 2013)3
 GermanyGroup 5 winners12 April 201610th2013Champions (1989, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)2
  SwitzerlandGroup 6 winners4 June 20161stDebut17
 EnglandGroup 7 winners7 June 20168th2013Runners-up (1984, 2009)5
 NorwayGroup 8 winners7 June 201611th2013Champions (1987, 1993)11
 SpainGroup 2 winners7 June 20163rd2013Semi-finals (1997)13
 SwedenGroup 4 winners15 September 201610th2013Champions (1984)9
 IcelandGroup 1 winners16 September 20163rd2013Quarter-finals (2013)19
 ScotlandGroup 1 runners-up[^]16 September 20161stDebut21
 BelgiumGroup 7 runners-up[^]16 September 20161stDebut22
 AustriaGroup 8 runners-up[^]20 September 20161stDebut24
 DenmarkGroup 4 runners-up[^]20 September 20169th2013Third place (1991, 1993)15
 ItalyGroup 6 runners-up[^]20 September 201611th2013Runners-up (1993, 1997)18
 RussiaGroup 5 runners-up[^]20 September 20165th2013Quarter-finals (1993, 1995)25
 PortugalPlay-offs winner25 October 20161stDebut38
Notes
  1. ^ The best six runners-up among all eight groups qualified for the final tournament.

Final draw

The final draw was held on 8 November 2016, 17:30 CET (UTC+1), at the Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam.[10][11][12] The 16 teams were drawn into four groups of four teams. The teams were seeded according to their coefficient ranking following the end of the qualifying group stage (excluding the play-offs),[13] with the hosts Netherlands assigned to position A1 in the draw. Each group contained one team from each of the four seeding pots.[14]

Pot 1
TeamCoeffRank
 Netherlands H34,6429
 Germany TH42,9571
 France42,3552
 England39,8803
Pot 2
TeamCoeffRank
 Norway39,1614
 Sweden38,0365
 Spain37,6556
  Switzerland36,6297
Pot 3
TeamCoeffRank
 Italy34,7758
 Iceland34,14110
 Scotland33,63211
 Denmark32,91512
Pot 4
TeamCoeffRank
 Austria31,88213
 Belgium31,21314
 Russia30,36715
 Portugal22,90023

  • H Hosts (assigned to position A1 in the draw)
  • TH Title holders

Venues

Seven venues in seven different towns will be used in the tournament.[2]

Breda Enschede Utrecht
Rat Verlegh Stadion De Grolsch Veste Stadion Galgenwaard
Capacity: 19,000 Capacity: 30,205 Capacity: 23,750
4 group matches, 1 semi-final 1 semi-final, Final 4 group matches
Rotterdam Deventer
Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel De Adelaarshorst
Capacity: 10,600 Capacity: 10,500
4 group matches, 1 quarter-final 4 group matches, 1 quarter-final
Tilburg Doetinchem
Koning Willem II Stadion De Vijverberg
Capacity: 14,500 Capacity: 12,500
4 group matches, 1 quarter-final 4 group matches, 1 quarter-final

Match officials

A total of 11 referees, 21 assistant referees and 2 fourth officials were appointed for the final tournament.[15]

Squads

Each national team have to submit a squad of 23 players, three of whom must be goalkeepers. If a player is injured or ill severely enough to prevent her participation in the tournament before her team's first match, she can be replaced by another player. The squad list must be published no later than 10 days before the tournaments opening match.[9]

Group stage

The schedule of the competition was announced on 23 September 2015.[16] The group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals.

All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).[17]

Tiebreakers

Teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Articles 19.01 and 19.02):[9]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  5. Goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams have the same number of points, and they met in the last round of the group and are tied after applying all criteria above (not used if more than two teams have the same number of points, or if their rankings are not relevant for qualification for the next stage);
  8. Disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  9. UEFA coefficient for the final draw.

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands (H) 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9 Knockout stage
2  Denmark 3 2 0 1 2 1 +1 6
3  Belgium 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
4  Norway 3 0 0 3 0 4 4 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
Netherlands 1–0 Norway
Van de Sanden  66' Report
Denmark 1–0 Belgium
Troelsgaard  6' Report
Attendance: 5,054

Norway 0–2 Belgium
Report
Attendance: 8,477
Netherlands 1–0 Denmark
Spitse  20' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 10,599
Referee: Riem Hussein (Germany)

Belgium 1–2 Netherlands
Wullaert  59' Report
Norway 0–1 Denmark
Report Veje  5'

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 3 2 1 0 4 1 +3 7 Knockout stage
2  Sweden 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 4
3  Russia 3 1 0 2 2 5 3 3
4  Italy 3 1 0 2 5 6 1 3
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Italy 1–2 Russia
Mauro  88' Report
Attendance: 669
Referee: Jana Adámková (Czech Republic)
Germany 0–0 Sweden
Report

Sweden 2–0 Russia
Report
Germany 2–1 Italy
Report Mauro  29'

Russia 0–2 Germany
Report
Sweden 2–3 Italy
Report

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Austria 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7 Knockout stage
2  France 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 5
3   Switzerland 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4  Iceland 3 0 0 3 1 6 5 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Austria 1–0  Switzerland
Burger  15' Report
France 1–0 Iceland
Le Sommer  86' (pen.) Report

Iceland 1–2  Switzerland
Friðriksdóttir  33' Report
France 1–1 Austria
Henry  51' Report Makas  27'
Attendance: 4,387
Referee: Jana Adámková (Czech Republic)

Switzerland  1–1 France
Crnogorčević  19' Report Abily  76'
Iceland 0–3 Austria
Report
Attendance: 4,893
Referee: Riem Hussein (Germany)

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 3 3 0 0 10 1 +9 9 Knockout stage
2  Spain 3 1 0 2 2 3 1 3[lower-alpha 1]
3  Scotland 3 1 0 2 2 8 6 3[lower-alpha 1]
4  Portugal 3 1 0 2 3 5 2 3[lower-alpha 1]
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
Notes:
  1. Head-to-head records:
    • Spain: 3 pts (1 W, 0 D, 1 L), +1 GD (2 GF, 1 GA)
    • Scotland: 3 pts (1 W, 0 D, 1 L), 0 GD (2 GF, 2 GA)
    • Portugal: 3 pts (1 W, 0 D, 1 L), −1 GD (2 GF, 3 GA)
Spain 2–0 Portugal
Report
Attendance: 3,188
England 6–0 Scotland
Report

Scotland 1–2 Portugal
Cuthbert  68' Report
England 2–0 Spain
Report
Attendance: 4,879

Portugal 1–2 England
C. Mendes  17' Report
Scotland 1–0 Spain
Weir  42' Report
Attendance: 4,840
Referee: Jana Adámková (Czech Republic)

Knockout stage

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary.[9]

On 1 June 2017, the UEFA Executive Committee agreed that the competition would be part of the International Football Association Board (IFAB)'s trial to allow a fourth substitute to be made during extra time.[18]

Bracket

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
29 July – Doetinchem
 
 
 Netherlands2
 
3 August – Enschede
 
 Sweden0
 
 Netherlands3
 
30 July – Deventer
 
 England0
 
 England1
 
6 August – Enschede
 
 France0
 
 Netherlands4
 
30 July – Rotterdam
 
 Denmark2
 
 Germany1
 
3 August – Breda
 
 Denmark2
 
 Denmark (p)0 (3)
 
30 July – Tilburg
 
 Austria0 (0)
 
 Austria (p)0 (5)
 
 
 Spain0 (3)
 

Quarter-finals

Netherlands 2–0 Sweden
Report
Attendance: 11,106

Germany 1–2 Denmark
Kerschowski  3' Report


England 1–0 France
Taylor  60' Report

Semi-finals


Netherlands 3–0 England
Report

Final

Netherlands 4–2 Denmark
Report

Statistics

Goalscorers

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

Source: UEFA.com[21]

Awards

The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament by UEFA.[22]

Player of the Tournament[23]
Lieke Martens
Golden Boot[24] Silver Boot[24] Bronze Boot[24]
Jodie Taylor
5 goals
0 assists
328 minutes played
Vivianne Miedema
4 goals
0 assists
536 minutes played
Lieke Martens
3 goals
2 assists
525 minutes played
UEFA Team of the Tournament[25]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Sari van Veenendaal Verena Aschauer
Lucy Bronze
Anouk Dekker
Steph Houghton
Jackie Groenen
Lieke Martens
Theresa Nielsen
Sherida Spitse
Pernille Harder
Jodie Taylor

Prize money

A total prize money of €8,000,000 were available, an increase from €2,200,000 in 2013, with the following breakdown:[26]

Stage Prize money Teams
Group stage €300,000 8
Quarter-finals €500,000 4
Semi-finals €700,000 2
Runners-up €1,000,000 1
Champions €1,200,000 1

Broadcasting rights

Matches were streamed on UEFA.com and UEFA.tv (YouTube) in territories where no partner had been appointed.[27]

Notes

  1. The Germany v Denmark match, originally scheduled on 29 July 2017, 20:45 CEST, was postponed to the following day due to adverse weather conditions.[19]

References

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  8. "Record entry for Women's EURO". UEFA.com. 18 December 2014.
  9. "Regulations of the UEFA European Women's Championship, 2015–17" (PDF). UEFA.com.
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  11. "Final tournament draw". UEFA.com. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  12. "UEFA Women's EURO 2017 draw". UEFA.com. 8 November 2016.
  13. "UEFA Women's National Team Coefficient Ranking" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  14. "France, England join Netherlands, Germany as top seeds". UEFA.com. 6 October 2016.
  15. "Women's EURO referees – the tournament's 17th team". UEFA. 22 June 2017.
  16. "Women's EURO 2017 schedule announced". UEFA.com. 23 September 2015.
  17. "UEFA Women's Euro 2017 Match Schedule" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  18. "Comprehensive bidding regulations approved for all finals and final tournaments". UEFA.org. 1 June 2017.
  19. "Germany v Denmark quarter-final postponed to Sunday". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 29 July 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  20. "Netherlands vs. Denmark - 6 August 2017". Soccerway. Perform Group. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  21. "Statistics — Tournament phase — Player statistics — Goals". UEFA.com. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  22. "UEFA Women's EURO 2017 roll of honour". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  23. "Lieke Martens named player of the tournament". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  24. "Jodie Taylor wins Women's EURO adidas Golden Boot". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 6 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  25. "Official UEFA Women's EURO 2017 Best Eleven". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  26. "Lyon to host 2018 UEFA Europa League final". UEFA. 9 December 2016.
  27. UEFA.com. "UEFA Women's EURO - Where to watch UEFA Women's EURO 2017 final". UEFA.com.
  28. Dowell, Ben (15 November 2016). "Channel 4 replaces BBC as home of live Women's Euro 2017 football". Radio Times. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
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