UEFA Women's Championship

UEFA Women's Championship
Founded 1984
Region Europe (UEFA)
Number of teams 52 (Qualifiers)
16 (Finals)
Current champions  Netherlands (1st title)
Most successful team(s)  Germany (8 titles)
Website www.uefa.com/womenseuro/
UEFA Women's Euro 2017

The UEFA European Women's Championship, also called the UEFA Women's Euro and unofficially the "European Cup", held every fourth year, is the main competition in women's association football between national teams of the UEFA Confederation. The competition is the women's equivalent of the UEFA European Championship.

History

The predecessor tournament to the UEFA Women's Championship began in the early 1980s, under the name UEFA European Competition for Representative Women's Teams. With increasing popularity of women's football, the competition was given European Championship status by UEFA around 1990. Only the 1991 and 1995 editions have been used as European qualifiers for a FIFA Women's World Cup; starting in 1999, the group system used in men's qualifiers was also used for women's national teams.

Eight UEFA Women's Championships have taken place, preceded by 3 editions of the earlier European Competition for Representative Women's Teams. The most recent holding of the competition is the 2017 Women's Euro hosted by the Netherlands in July and August 2017.

Unofficial women's European tournaments for national teams were held in Italy in 1969[1] and 1979[2] (won by Italy and Denmark respectively), but there was no formal international tournament until 1982 when the first UEFA 1984 European Competition for Women's Football qualification was launched. The 1984 Finals was won by Sweden. Norway won in the 1987 Finals. Since then, the UEFA Women's Championship has been dominated by Germany, which has won eight out of nine events, interrupted only by Norway in 1993. Germany's 2013 win was their sixth in a row.

The tournament was initially played as a four team event. The 1997 edition was the first that was played with eight teams. The third expansion happened in 2009 when 12 teams participated. From 2017 onwards 16 teams will compete for the championship.[3]

Results

Unofficial women's European tournaments

Year Host Final Third place match Number of teams
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
1969
Details
Italy
Italy
3–1
Denmark

England
2–0
France
4
1979
Details
Italy
Denmark
2–0
Italy

Sweden
0–0
4–3 (ps)

England
12

European Competition for Women's Football

Year Host Final Third place match Number of teams
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
1984
Details
Final held over two legs
Sweden
1–0
0–1
4–3 (ps)

England
 Denmark and  Italy 4
1987
Details
Norway
Norway
2–1
Sweden

Italy
2–1
England
4
1989
Details
West Germany
West Germany
4–1
Norway

Sweden
2–1
(a.e.t.)

Italy
4

UEFA European Women's Championship

Year Host Final Third place match Number of teams
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
1991
Details
Denmark
Germany
3–1
(a.e.t.)

Norway

Denmark
2–1
(a.e.t.)

Italy
4
1993
Details
Italy
Norway
1–0
Italy

Denmark
3–1
Germany
4
Year Host Final Losing semi-finalists Number of teams
Winner Score Runner-up
1995
Details
Germany
Germany
3–2
Sweden
 England and  Norway 4
1997
Details
Norway &
Sweden

Germany
2–0
Italy
 Spain and  Sweden 8
2001
Details
Germany
Germany
1–0
(gg)

Sweden
 Denmark and  Norway 8
2005
Details
England
Germany
3–1
Norway
 Finland and  Sweden 8
2009
Details
Finland
Germany
6–2
England
 Netherlands and  Norway 12
2013
Details
Sweden
Germany
1–0
Norway
 Denmark and  Sweden 12
2017
Details
 Netherlands
Netherlands
4–2
Denmark
 Austria and  England 16

Teams reaching the top four

Statistics does not include the unofficial 1969 and 1979 tournaments.

Team Titles Runners-up Third place Fourth place Semi-finalists Total
 Germany 8 (1989, 1991, 1995, 1997,
2001, 2005, 2009, 2013)
1 (1993) 9
 Norway 2 (1987, 1993) 4 (1989, 1991, 2005, 2013) 3 (1995, 2001, 2009) 9
 Sweden 1 (1984) 3 (1987, 1995, 2001) 1 (1989) 3 (1997, 2005, 2013) 8
 Netherlands 1 (2017) 1 (2009) 2
 Italy 2 (1993, 1997) 1 (1987) 2 (1989, 1991) 1 (1984) 6
 England 2 (1984, 2009) 1 (1987) 2 (1995, 2017) 5
 Denmark 1 (2017) 2 (1991, 1993) 3 (1984, 2001, 2013) 6
 Spain 1 (1997) 1
 Finland 1 (2005) 1
 Austria 1 (2017) 1
Total1212441648

Medal table

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Germany8008
2 Norway2439
3 Sweden1348
4 Netherlands1012
5 Italy0224
6 England0224
7 Denmark0156
8 Spain0011
9 Finland0011
10 Austria0011
Total12122044

Team summary

Participation details

  • Participation by year of debut
    • 1984: Denmark, England, Italy, Sweden
    • 1987: Norway
    • 1989: Germany
    • 1997: France, Russia, Spain
    • 2005: Finland
    • 2009: Iceland, Netherlands, Ukraine
    • 2017: Austria, Belgium, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland
Legend
  • 1st – Champions
  • 2nd – Runners-up
  • 3rd – Third place (not determined after 1993)
  • 4th – Fourth place (not determined after 1993)
  • SF – Semifinals (since 1995)
  • QF – Quarterfinals (since 2009)
  • GS – Group stage
  • Q — Qualified for upcoming tournament
  •    — Did not qualify
  •  ×  — Did not enter
  •    — Hosts

For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.

Team 1984
(4)
1987

(4)
1989

(4)
1991

(4)
1993

(4)
1995

(4)
1997


(8)
2001

(8)
2005

(8)
2009

(12)
2013

(12)
2017

(16)
Years
 Austria × × × × × × SF 1
 Belgium GS 1
 Denmark SF 3rd 3rd GS SF GS GS SF 2nd 9
 England 2nd 4th SF GS GS 2nd GS SF 8
 Finland SF QF GS 3
 France GS GS GS QF QF QF 6
 Germany 1st 1st 4th 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st QF 10
 Iceland × × × GS QF GS 3
 Italy SF 3rd 4th 4th 2nd 2nd GS GS QF QF GS 11
 Netherlands SF GS 1st 3
 Norway 1st 2nd 2nd 1st SF GS SF 2nd SF 2nd GS 11
 Portugal GS 1
 Russia × × × × GS GS GS GS GS 5
 Scotland × GS 1
 Spain × SF QF QF 3
 Sweden 1st 2nd 3rd 2nd SF 2nd SF QF SF QF 10
  Switzerland GS 1
 Ukraine Part of  Soviet Union × GS 1

General Statistics (1984 to 2017)

Pos Team Part Pld W D L GF GA Dif Pts
1  Germany 1043346310926+83108
2  Sweden 1038205136846+2265
3  Norway 1136157144748-152
4  Denmark 930107133241-937
5  England 828113144051-1136
6  Italy 113195173854-1332
7  France 6218672929030
8  Netherlands 3148242110+1126
9  Finland 3113351119-812
10  Spain 3123271014-411
11  Austria 1531151+410
12  Russia 51513111031-216
13   Switzerland 131113304
14  Iceland 310118619-134
15  Belgium 131023303
16  Portugal 1310235-23
17  Ukraine 1310224-23
18  Scotland 1310228-63

Tournament statistics

Highest attendances

All-time top scorers

Rank Name Euro Total


1984

1987

1989

1991

1993

1995


1997

2001

2005

2009

2013

2017
1 Inka Grings4610
Birgit Prinz2213210
3 Carolina Morace2100148
Heidi Mohr14128
Lotta Schelin01528
5 Hanna Ljungberg1236
6 Melania Gabbiadini21205
Solveig Gulbrandsen03025
Maren Meinert11125
Patrizia Panico120205
Jodie Taylor55
Lena Videkull01135
Bettina Wiegmann002125

Top scorers by tournament

Year Player Maximum
matches
Goals
1984 Pia Sundhage 4 3
1987 Trude Stendal 2 3
1989 Sissel Grude
Ursula Lohn
2 2
1991 Heidi Mohr 2 4
1993 Susan Mackensie 2 2
1995 Lena Videkull 3 3
1997 Carolina Morace
Marianne Pettersen
Angélique Roujas
5 4
2001 Claudia Müller
Sandra Smisek
5 3
2005 Inka Grings 5 4
2009 Inka Grings 6 6
2013 Lotta Schelin 6 5
2017 Jodie Taylor 6 5

Golden Player by tournament

Year Player
1984 Pia Sundhage
1987 Heidi Støre
1989 Doris Fitschen
1991 Silvia Neid
1993 Hege Riise
1995 Birgit Prinz
1997 Carolina Morace
2001 Hanna Ljungberg
2005 Anne Mäkinen
2009 Inka Grings
2013 Nadine Angerer
2017 Lieke Martens

See also

References

  1. "Coppa Europa per Nazioni (Women) 1969". Rsssf.com. 19 March 2001. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  2. "Inofficial European Women Championship 1979". Rsssf.com. 15 October 2000. Retrieved 2009-09-12.
  3. "Women's EURO and U17s expanded". UEFA. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
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