Women's Euro 2022

Portugal to replace Russia in Women's Euro 2022

Lizzy Becherano
Portugal is set to replace Russia in Group A of the upcoming women's Euros.
Portugal is set to replace Russia in Group A of the upcoming women's Euros. / Octavio Passos/GettyImages

UEFA have confirmed that Russia will not participate in this summer’s Women’s European Championship in England, with Portugal replacing them.

In early March FIFA and UEFA put out a joint statement explaining that Russia had been suspended from competing in international games until further notice due to the state's invasion of Ukraine. 

On Monday it was finally confirmed that the team would be removed from Euro 2022 for the same reason.

“Following the initial decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which envisaged the adoption of additional measures, FIFA and UEFA have today decided together that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, shall be suspended from participation in both FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice,” a statement read.

“These decisions were adopted today by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the Executive Committee of UEFA, respectively the highest decision-making bodies of both institutions on such urgent matters.

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all the people affected in Ukraine. Both Presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and rapidly so that football can again be a vector for unity and peace amongst people.”

The organisations has previously suggested that a draw would take place to determine Russia’s replacement, but the spot has instead been awarded to Portugal directly. 

Russia initially beat Portugal in a play-off to qualify, but now the Selecção das Quinas are set to take over their Group C position alongside Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.

The tournament begins on July 6, when England play Austria at Old Trafford.