Iceland’s National Women’s Football Team has qualified for the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro. The team ensured their place in the European tournament with a 1-0 win over Hungary on Tuesday.
The Icelandic team finished the qualifying tournament with a score of 19, landing them in second place in their group, behind Sweden. Teams were separated into nine groups in the qualifiers, with the team in the top spot of each group automatically qualified for the championship. In addition, three second-place teams qualify for the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro, and the Icelandic team had to rely on other match results to ensure their spot. Luckily, in the end, their performance ensured them the chance to compete in the 2022 tournament.
“It would have been fun to celebrate after the game today, but it is a crazy feeling to have secured our place at the European Championships,” National Team midfielder Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir told RÚV. “We had an incredibly strong team in this qualifier. We were well prepared for the 2017 Euros but I personally did not feel we had a good tournament. We were not able to show what we had in us and now we have the opportunity. The group has gotten stronger and strong players have joined the group.”
Sara Björk won the UEFA European Champion’s League this year with her team Olympique Lyonnais, becoming the first Icelander to do so.
The 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro will take place in England.