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Wednesday 27 May 2020
New dates for Northern Ireland's Women’s Euro qualifiers revealed by UEFA

The Northern Ireland senior women’s team will play their four remaining Women’s Euro qualifiers between September and early December.

UEFA today released rescheduled fixtures for all Women’s Euro qualifying groups.

Northern Ireland will return to competitive action away to Faroe Islands on 18 September as originally scheduled.

However, three Qualifying Group C fixtures postponed in April and June due to the Covid-19 crisis have been switched to the autumn/early winter instead.

The match against Belarus away – it was originally scheduled for April – will now take place on 27 October with the venue to be confirmed in due course.

The home qualifier against Belarus that was due to be staged in June will be played on 27 November instead, and again the venue is TBC. 

Northern Ireland’s final qualifier will be at home to the Faroese on 1 December (venue TBC). That game was also originally due to take place in June. 

All fixtures will be subject to UEFA, government and health guidelines in relation to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The winners of Northern Ireland’s qualifying group - Norway are almost out of sight in that respect - will automatically qualify for the Women’s European Championship Finals in England, which have been switched from next summer to July 2022, with the second-placed team set for a play-off. 

Northern Ireland senior women’s team boss Kenny Shiels believes a play-off spot is achievable.

If his team manage to win their remaining qualifiers and group leaders Norway defeat the currently second-placed Welsh home and away then a play-off spot is a distinct possibility, however the pragmatic manager will no doubt be keen to take it one game at a time.