WNT learn opponents for UEFA Women's Nations League

WNT learn opponents for UEFA Women's Nations League

The Ireland Women's National Team were drawn into Group B1 in League B for the inaugural version of the UEFA Women's Nations League.

Ireland's involvement in the competition will kick off in September 2023 with two games before two more in October and a final two group games in November.

Tallaght Stadium will be the home venue for these games, which will be part of a first ever WNT Season Ticket Package - that goes on public sale on Friday, May 5th.

Drawn against Northern Ireland, Hungary and Albania, Ireland will be aiming to top their Group and progress in the competition. Ireland have never met Albania at senior level before, while they have played against Hungary on seven occasions and against Northern Ireland more than any other nation.

Following the Draw, Ireland WNT Manager Vera Pauw said: "Now that we know our opponents for the UEFA Women's Nations League, we can start planning accordingly. But our priority for the next few months will, understandably, will be on preparing for FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.

"Having the UEFA Nations League games gives us something to look forward to after the World Cup, especially since our three home games will be part of a first ever WNT Season Ticket package in Tallaght Stadium. It is really exciting that we get to continue building our fanbase and we look forward to playing in front of our amazing fans again this year.

"For these UEFA Nations League games, we are under no illusion that they will be difficult challenges for us. We are the top-seeded team in League B but we cannot take anything for granted if we are to achieve our aim of topping our group and qualifying into League A."

As part of the format, the group winners will be promoted to League A. The second-placed team will play against the third-placed team in League A. The winner of each match play in League A; the defeated team will play in League B.

The three best third-placed teams play off against the three best-ranked second-placed teams of League C. The winners play in League B for the European Qualifiers phase; the defeated teams will play in League C. The lowest ranked third-placed team and the four fourth-placed teams are relegated to League C.

The Nations League games will played as single-leg games, with two semi-finals, a third-place play-off and a final. A draw will determine the semi-final ties and the home team in each of the matches. The final winners are declared the UEFA Nations League winners.

The two finalists qualify for the 2024 Women's Olympic Football Tournament, alongside hosts France.

Match details for the Group Stage will be confirmed in due course.

2023/24 UEFA WOMEN'S NATIONS LEAGUE CALENDAR

League stage
Matchdays 1–2: 20–26 September 2023
Matchdays 3–4: 25–31 October 2023
Matchdays 5–6: 29 November–5 December 2023

Finals
Between 21 and 28 February 2024

Promotion/relegation Matches
Between 21 and 28 February 2024

FAI080-139 WNT Two Match Pack Ireland v Sweden Website 360x275.png
FAI080-139 WNT Two Match Pack Ireland v Sweden Website 360x275.png

Related News

View all
View all
Preliminary Round of Sports Direct Men's FAI Cup now   to be held as competition's First Round

Preliminary Round of Sports Direct Men's FAI Cup now to be held as competition's First Round

Hannah Dingley appointed as new FAI Head of Women and Girls’ Football

Hannah Dingley appointed as new FAI Head of Women and Girls’ Football

Ticket sales for 2024 UEFA Europa League final launched

Ticket sales for 2024 UEFA Europa League final launched

Tickets available for Ireland WNT v Sweden

Tickets available for Ireland WNT v Sweden

REPORT | Ireland WNT 0-2 England WNT

REPORT | Ireland WNT 0-2 England WNT

REPORT | WU19 | Third straight win

REPORT | WU19 | Third straight win

REPORT | Peamount United win 2024 FAI U17 Cup

REPORT | Peamount United win 2024 FAI U17 Cup

PREVIEW | Ireland WNT v England

PREVIEW | Ireland WNT v England