“A shame”: England coach furious over late Euro 2025 qualifying draw

Sarina Wiegman is furious. The coach of the English women’s national team, who must participate in the qualifiers for Euro 2025 from April 3, does not understand why the draw has not yet been made. In complete confusion, she regrets not knowing the timetable that awaits her team, in order to best prepare for these very important deadlines.

“It’s a disappointment, a shame,” she told Sky Sports. It’s a disappointment, it’s a shame about all the logistics and ticket sales. I hope that in the future we can do the draw a little earlier so that we are ready and have time to do it. »

Everything will indeed go very quickly. The draw will be made on March 5, less than a month before the start of these qualifying matches for the 2025 European Championship, played in Switzerland in July. European countries were divided into three leagues of 16 nations. Four groups of four teams will be drawn. France is, logically, in League A. It will have to finish in the first two of its group to obtain direct qualification for the Euro, or go through the play-offs.

Sarina Wiegman is not the first to criticize this late draw. Faced with these criticisms, UEFA promised to provide a longer delay in the future, but stressed that it had no choice, the final stages of the League of Nations, which ended this Wednesday with the victory of Spain against France (2-0), playing an important role in the distribution of the teams.

“This week’s Nations League promotion and relegation matches have an impact on the composition of the championships and the European qualifying draw can therefore only take place once these matches have been played, said UEFA to Sky Sports in a press release. Going forward, we will take every possible step to maximize the time between draws and matches being played. »


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