The ladies’s workforce secured a World Cup play-off spot, having defeated Ukraine 4-0 on Friday earlier than the Ukranians beat Hungary on Tuesday night time – which means neither workforce can catch Scotland in second place.
After Scotland’s closing Group B sport in opposition to the Faroe Islands in September, they may enter the play-offs in October as one of many 9 runners-up.
Scotland Ladies boss Pedro Martinez Losa believes enjoying at main tournaments is the place the nationwide workforce must be.
The three finest runners-up, which Scotland are at present not amongst, can be seeded on to spherical two of the play-offs, with the remaining six dealing with one another in three preliminary single-leg knockout video games.
The nations who progress from spherical one will then be drawn in opposition to the three groups who robotically progressed to spherical two, the place they may play one other single-leg knockout conflict.
From these video games, the 2 winners with the very best rating – primarily based on outcomes from the unique qualifying teams and spherical two play-offs – will safe a spot on the World Cup, whereas the third workforce will enter an intercontinental play-off.
Martinez Losa believes competing at main tournaments is a should for Scotland, who’ve solely performed within the Euros and World Cup as soon as earlier than – in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
The Spaniard says they’re working exhausting to get the nationwide workforce to Australia and New Zealand subsequent 12 months, with a spot on the main match a chance to progress the sport now and for the following era.
He stated: “Now we have solely certified as soon as earlier than, so it’s the place all of us wish to be.
“For me I’ve been targeted on what we are able to do each single day to ensure we give this group of gamers the very best alternative.
“I take advantage of the phrase constant rather a lot, so I feel we have now to make use of each single main match or World Cup to make it possible for we progress.
“To make it possible for we have now extra ladies eager to play soccer, extra alternatives and sources for them and extra skilled sources for them in all of the areas.
“So now which means we’re doing a great job, all of us collectively. We’re very motivated to do that job, but additionally (have) the duty to make the sport higher – it’s a giant problem.
“All of us wish to qualify for the World Cup – no one higher than me and the gamers. It’s an vitality which I can really feel.