Half the field has been set for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany following the completion of the second legs of the European playoffs last Thursday. Norway, Sweden, France and England all won their playoff series and join host Germany and Asian qualifiers Korea DPR, Australia and Japan in the Women’s World Cup which kicks off June 26, 2011. Norway had the easiest time of it, defeating Ukraine 2-0 to win the series 3-0 on aggregate. France picked up one of the biggest wins in its women’s soccer history, defeating Italy, 3-2, in Gubbio, Italy after a 0-0 draw during the first leg in France. England won its first leg 2-0 over Switzerland and raced to another 2-0 lead in Wohlen, Switzerland, before having its goalkeeper red-carded just before halftime and giving up a goal. England then scored playing a woman down and despite giving up another goal, won handily on aggregate, 5-2. The most drama came in the Sweden-Denmark series. Sweden took the first leg 2-1 in Gothenburg, but found itself down 2-0 (and 3-2 in aggregate) after giving up two goals in three minutes at the end of the first half. Sweden’s Charlotte Rohlin then tied the game on aggregate in the 73rd minute and avoided penalty kicks with another goal four minutes into extra time. The World Cup dreams for Ukraine, Denmark, Italy and Switzerland are not over, however, as the Danes will face the Swiss and Ukrainewill face the Italians in two-leg playoff semifinals. The winners of those series’ will play a two-leg final with the winner of that earning the right to face the third-place finisher in CONCACAF for the final berth to Germany. Norway and Sweden qualified for a sixth straight Women’s World Cup tournament while France will be competing for just the second time (the French made their WWC debut in 2003) and England for its third (1995, 2007).