UEFA have finally made a decision on the status of Russia with regards to international competition and they are out of the 2022 Euros.
Portugal, who lost to them in the play-offs, will take their place.
The executive committee has made the following decision regarding women’s football competitions:
UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 (final tournament)
“Russia will not participate in group C of the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 final tournament scheduled between 6 and 31 July in England and will be replaced by Portugal, the opponent Russia defeated in the play-offs.”
It’s quite a late decision with two months to go and it makes sense to select Portugal.
As a side effect, this will also affect the Panini stickers album, as there is an empty space in Group C in the album that will be needed to be filled up.
European Qualification to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
“Russia did not play their two matches scheduled in April in Group E (comprising Denmark, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Malta and Azerbaijan) due to their suspension.
Russia will not participate in any of the subsequent matches in this competition and all their results until now are considered as null and void. Consequently, Group E will continue as a group of five teams”
Denmark has therefore won Group E and qualified for the FIFA 2023 WWC.
Russia are also excluded from the UEFA u-17 and u-19 2022/23 qualifications.
Futsal tournaments are also impacted:
UEFA Women’s Futsal EURO 2022 (final tournament)
Russia will not participate in the final tournament (comprising Portugal, Spain and Ukraine) scheduled between 1 and 3 July in Portugal and will be replaced by Hungary, who finished second in Group 1 of the Main Round, won by Russia.
2022/23 UEFA Women’s Futsal EURO
Russia had been directly drawn into Group 4 of the Main Round. As the three group winners and the best runner-up will qualify from the Preliminary Round, Russia will be replaced in the Main Round with the second best-ranked runner-up of the Preliminary Round.
2022/23 UEFA club competitions
UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, UEFA Women’s Champions League and UEFA Youth League
“Russia will have no affiliated clubs participating in UEFA club competitions in the 2022/23 season.”
No Russian team in the UEFA Women Champions League. They were ranked 17th on the access list for the 2022/23 season which means, only their champion team that was entering in the qualifying Round 1 has been kicked out.
It will be interesting to see if Belarus get more sanctions too from UEFA, as it would have a big impact on the FIFA WWC 2023 qualifiers and the UEFA 2022/23 WCL as they have two teams entering the tournament at the moment.