Belgium have their opponents ahead of the 2023 Women’s World Cup. The Red Flames are split into a squad with Norway, Poland, Albania, Kosovo and Armenia.
The 2023 World Cup will take place in Australia and New Zealand. In order to book a ticket, the Red Flames must first survive qualifying.
Belgium, 18th in the FIFA rankings, was now classified in Group F. The toughest opponent will be Norway (12th in the FIFA rankings). Earlier this month, the Flames battled the Norwegians in a friendly against the Norwegians with 0-2.
With Poland (FIFA-30), the Flames will face another formidable competitor. The last game against Poland was in 2015, when the Flames won 5-0.
The 3 remaining countries of the Flames group are Albania (FIFA-75), Kosovo (FIFA-115) and Armenia (FIFA-128).
The Red Flames lost a friendly against Norway earlier this month.
Complicated barrier system for the best second
Belgium is making an offer for a 1st participation in the World Cup in the qualifications.
If he becomes one of the 9 group winners in the qualifiers, he will qualify directly for the World Cup.
When the Flames finish 2nd in their group, they find themselves in a complicated barrage system. This consists of 2 turns. The top 3 riders go straight to the 2nd (and last) lap. The remaining seconds complete a first play-off match.
After the 2nd jump-off, 3 teams remain. They are ranked according to their results in the group stage and the second round of the play-offs. The top 2 will go to the World Cup, the 3rd will play an intercontinental play-off duel. The rounds are each ended in 1 duel.
The World Cup qualifiers will take place between September 2021 and September 2022. The play-offs will end in October 2022. The World Cup itself in 2023 will consist of 32 countries for the first time.