Created on 2014-10-24 at 10:00 AM
Germany have already qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada next year but the likes of Melanie Behringer and Melanie Leupolz still have to contest friendly matches during the international break. The same is true for Mana Iwabuchi and Japan. There are some FC Bayern players, however, who will have a lot on the line in the coming days as their teams still seek a spot at the finals in Canada. Among them are Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands) and Raffaela Manieri and Katja Schroffenegger (both Italy) who will take part in the World Cup playoffs on Saturday.
The four best second-placed teams in qualifying (Netherlands, Italy, Ukraine, Scotland) will play each other over two legs starting this weekend:
Italy vs Ukraine: Saturday, Oct 25, 15:00
Scotland vs Netherlands: Saturday, Oct 25, 15:00
Ukraine vs Italy: Wednesday, Oct 29, 17:00
Netherlands vs Scotland: Thursday, Oct 30 19:00
The winners of both matchups will play each other at the end of November for the final spot at the World Cup next year.
Germany in action
As mentioned above, Germany already secured their place in Canada next year with some time to spare but face an important period of preparation. Silvia Neid's team has two friendlies scheduled during the international break to start preparing and finding the right squad for next year. Two of the best womens teams in the world (Sweden and France) will make these friendlies more than meaningful.
Germany vs France: Saturday, Oct 25, 14:00
Sweden vs Germany: Wednesday, Oct 29, 18:00
Iwabuchi and Japan, too, will play two friendlies, both against World Cup hosts Canada on October 25 and and 28 in Edmonton and Vancouver respectively.
*All times local