Wembley to host landmark final as England gets Women’s Euro 2021
England will host the 2021 UEFA Women’s European Championships after being awarded the hosting rights at a meeting of UEFA's executive committee.
The Football Association (FA) was the only national body to throw its hat in the ring, after interest from Austria and Hungary never resulted in a concrete bid.
Despite the lack of competition, England’s proposal still had to meet FIFA guidelines. Wembley, the country’s 90,000-seater national stadium, will host the final, while a variety of other venues of varying sizes have also been included in the layout set out by the bid team.
The Amex Stadium and St Mary’s, the home grounds of Premier League clubs Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton, will be used, while Manchester City’s purpose-built Academy Stadium, where the club’s women’s outfit plays its home games, will also host matches from the tournament.
Nottingham Forest’s City Ground, Milton Keynes Dons’ Stadium MK, Rotherham’s New York Stadium and Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane are the other venues that form the FA’s plan.
The news that England is to host the tournament comes with women’s soccer enjoying an unprecedented growth in the UK, with a record crowd of 45,423 attending the 2017/18 FA Cup final at Wembley, while the FA announce that it would be investing an additional UK£50 million in women’s and girl’s football over the next six seasons.
The FA also decided last year to introduce a new full-time structure for the domestic Women’s Super League (WSL) as part of a wider review of the commercial rights model within the women’s game in England.
Speaking in August as the FA submitted its bid, Chief Executive Martin Glenn said: “Our aim is to make Uefa Women’s Euro 2021 the biggest and best showcase for women’s football ever seen in Europe.
“We have not only the ambition, but the tournament-hosting experience, infrastructure and incredible spectator demand to ensure we would deliver a truly memorable tournament.”
It has also been confirmed that Hungary and Slovenia will jointly host men's 2021 Under-21 Championship final tournament.
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