MINSK, 15 September (BelTA) - The Belarusian women's national team has started preparations for the opening match of the 2023 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament against Cyprus, BelTA has learned.
Head coach Yuri Maleyev has called 22 players for the training camp in Minsk.
Belarus will play their opening match in Group C on 17 September at Dinamo Stadium in Minsk against Cyprus, the debutante of the World Cup qualifying tournament. The match will start at 18.00. Entry to the stadium is free. On the same day one of the Group C favorites,vice-champion the Netherlands will host the Czech Republic in Groningen. Iceland will also play in Group C.
The winners of nine European qualifying groups will advance to the final stage of the 9th Women's World Cup. The second-place finishers will compete for two more playoff berths to Australia and New Zealand, which will co-host the 32-team global sports event in summer 2023. In the 2019 FIFA World Cup final in France, the United States won its fourth gold medal by defeating Denmark 2-0. Bronze went to Sweden who defeated England 2-1.