UEFA revamps women’s national team soccer to end mismatches

GENEVA (AP) — UEFA wants to end the slew of mismatched, double-digit wins that marred qualifying for the last Women’s European Championship. A more balanced system with three tiers of national teams will start before Euro 2025 and the 2027 Women’s World Cup. In Euro 2022 qualifying a 14-0 win for Denmark over Georgia edged Spain’s 13-0 rout of Azerbaijan as the biggest margin. UEFA’s overhaul aims to end lopsided matches of little sporting or commercial appeal. A three-tier Nations League with 16 teams in the top level starts next year. Those rankings will set the three tiers for Euro 2025 qualifying.

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