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The UEFA European Women's Championship, also called the UEFA Women's Euro, held every four years, is the main competition in
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between national teams of the
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confederation. The competition is the women's equivalent of the
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History

Women's football history has interesting turns and twists starting all the way in Europe. The predecessor tournament to the UEFA Women's Championship began in the early 1980s, under the name "UEFA European Competition for Representative Women's Teams". With the increasing popularity of women's football, the competition was given European Championship status by UEFA around 1990. Only the
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editions have been used as European qualifiers for a
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; starting in 1999, the group system used in men's qualifiers was also used for women's national teams. Eight UEFA Women's Championships have taken place, preceded by three editions of the earlier "European Competition for Representative Women's Teams". The most recent holding of the competition is the 2017 Women's Euro hosted by the
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in July and August 2017. Unofficial women's European tournaments for national teams were held in Italy in
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(won by Italy and Denmark respectively), but there was no formal international tournament until 1982 when the first
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1984 European Competition for Women's Football qualification The qualification for the 1984 European Competition for Women's Football was held between August 18, 1982 and October 28, 1983. Teams were placed into four groups of four teams each according to geographical location — Group 1 was Northern Europ ...
was launched. The 1984 Finals was won by
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won in the 1987 Finals. Since then, the UEFA Women's Championship has been dominated by
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, which has won eight out of ten events, interrupted only by Norway in 1993. Germany's
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win was their sixth in a row. The tournament was initially played as a four-team event. The 1997 edition was the first that was played with eight teams. The third expansion happened in 2009 when 12 teams participated. From 2017 onwards 16 teams compete for the championship.


Results

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Debut of teams


Overall team records

In this ranking 3 points are awarded for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss. As per statistical convention in football, matches decided in
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are counted as wins and losses, while matches decided by penalty shoot-outs are counted as draws. Teams are ranked by total points, then by goal difference, then by goals scored.


Comprehensive team results by tournament

Legend * – Champions * – Runners-up * – Third place (not determined after 1993) * – Fourth place (not determined after 1993) * – Semi-finals (since 1995) * – Quarter-finals (since 2009) *GS – Group stage *Q – Qualified for upcoming tournament * – Did not qualify * – Did not enter * – Hosts For each tournament, the number of teams in each finals tournament (in brackets) are shown.


Results of host nations


Results of defending champions


Medal table

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tournament there was a third place playoff. Losing semi-finalists are counted under bronze since 1995.


Tournament statistics


Highest attendances

*41,301 – Germany v Norway,
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(2013 final) *29,092 – England v Finland,
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(2005 group stage) *28,182 – Netherlands v Denmark, De Grolsch Veste, Enschede (2017 final) *27,093 – Netherlands v England, De Grolsch Veste, Enschede (2017 semi-final) *25,694 – England v Sweden, Ewood Park, Blackburn (2005 group stage) *21,731 – Netherlands v Norway, Stadion Galgenwaard, Utrecht (2017 group stage) *21,105 – Germany v Norway, Ewood Park, Ewood Park, Blackburn (2005 final) *21,000 – West Germany v Norway, Stadion an der Bremer Brücke, Stadion an der Bremer Brücke, Osnabrück (1989 final) *18,000 – Germany v Sweden, Donaustadion, Ulm (2001 final) *16,608 – Sweden v Germany, Gamla Ullevi, Gothenburg (2013 semi-final)


All-time top scorers


Top scorers by tournament


UEFA.com Golden Player by tournament

1Official player of the tournament since 2013.


See also

* UEFA Women's Champions League * UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship * UEFA Women's Under-17 Championship *
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* FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup * FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup


Notes


References


External links


UEFA Women's Championship

BBC Sport – "How Women's Euros have evolved"


{{European Championships UEFA Women's Championship, UEFA competitions for women's national teams European championships Recurring sporting events established in 1984