Netherlands Women’s head coach Niña George “Anything is possible in Women’s EURO main qualifier”

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A 7-3 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina followed by a 0-6 win against Armenia, secured the Dutch women’s futsal place in the European Championship main round qualifier.

 

In terms of ranking, the Netherland’s win over Serbia, who was the strongest opponent, was a fantastic achievement/ victory for the women’s team.

For the women national team coach Niña George, the road to the European Championship 2022 is still a long one. They have to challenge Russia, Hungary, and hosts Belarus in Main Round Group 1 for a place in the final tournament. If that succeeds, then they will follow their men’s team into a major international competition next year, as the Netherlands are the host nation for the men’s UEFA Futsal EURO.

“We set good results this week and saw the development of the girls which gives us confidence going into the main qualifying round,” concluded national coach Niña George at the end of the successful week in Moldova.

The women’s national teams who have qualified for the UEFA Women’s EURO main round qualifiers are

Group 1: Russia, Hungary, Belarus (hosts), Netherlands

Group 2: Portugal, Croatia (hosts), Poland, Slovenia

Group 3: Ukraine (hosts), Finland, Czech Republic, Belgium

Group 4: Spain (holders), Italy, Sweden (hosts), Slovakia

 

The four group winners will advance to the knockout finals in late March, with one of the nations appointed as hosts.

The Netherlands have a difficult group, but their head coach Niña George told KNVB, “Nothing is impossible. We may be able to do something against Hungary and Belarus. And the Russians… you never know. Women’s futsal is developing internationally and that certainly applies to Europe. There are now good competitions in Italy, Spain and Portugal are making steps. For the girls, it is enormously motivating that we have now reached the Main Round . The permanent core is extremely driven and motivated. They are going for it. On the other hand, Wendy Remert made her debut here. New talents are eager, I always say: do you want to play in an Orange shirt? Then you can do that faster in the hall than on the field.”

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