While the world watched the Americans wade through qualifying for their appearance to a women's world cup, other qualifying games were underway. The UEFA play-offs and the commencement conclusion of the African Women's Championships.
The following a summary of those matches.
The Play-offs will decide the last place in FIFA World Cup from UEFA. The teams with the best second place record are Netherlands, Scotland, Italy and Ukraine.
Each team will play 2 legs in a semifinal berth to determine which two teams will play in the finals, which will also be played over two legs.