The countdown begins towards a record-breaking event coming to St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, that promises to be the major football tournament of summer 2022.
UEFA today unveils a brand-new identity for UEFA Women's EURO 2022, which kicks off 500 days from now. The 2022 edition in England promises to be the biggest women's football event in UEFA history, deserving of the fresh, open and contemporary look that reflects the strength, diversity and ever-growing popularity of the game.
The opening match, on 6 July 2022, will take place at Old Trafford (capacity 76,000), with the final on 31 July to be played at Wembley Stadium (capacity 90,000), meaning England's national arena will host back-to-back men's and women's UEFA EURO finals in 2021 and 2022 respectively. Three group stage games will be played in Southampton on 8, 11 and 15 July 2022.
Originally scheduled for 2021, the tournament was, like UEFA EURO 2020, postponed by a year. This guarantees increased exposure for women's football in a summer without other major football events.
As well as the new logo, extensive coverage of all 31 matches at UEFA Women's EURO 2022 will feature on free-to-air television, radio and online as 16 nations compete to be crowned European champions. This will ensure anyone, from committed or curious fans to the next generation of stars, can tune into the tournament and be part of the excitement.
UEFA chief of women's football, Nadine Kessler, said: "We’re thrilled to share this new identity for the UEFA Women's EURO 2022.
"This new branding brings a fresh look and eye-catching feel for the tournament as we begin the countdown to next summer. We can't wait to see this emblem across host cities, stadiums and television when the action begins in 500 days' time.
"By moving the competition to 2022, we guaranteed that the biggest women's sports event in Europe receives the exclusive platform it deserves. Alongside the English FA, we are confident of delivering a first-class tournament that will attract global attention and media coverage, leaving a legacy to inspire many more girls, and boys, to take up the game."
Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture at Southampton City Council, said: "Southampton is excited to be hosting the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022. As a city we are known for our events; starting the countdown for this tournament not only gives us something to look forward to but acts as an important reminder that we will be able to enjoy and bring the city together with events again.
"Sport is an important part of Southampton’s cultural identity. Bidding for UK City of Culture 2025 is about showcasing the best Southampton has to offer, and the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 tournament will give us an opportunity to do this nationally and internationally, while growing our local economy and putting Southampton on the map. It will also be a great way to engage with local communities, create a legacy for women’s football and inspire the next generation of Lionesses."
Giles Semper, Chief Executive, GO! Southampton, said: "It’s fantastic that Southampton has been chosen as a host city for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022. Like the rest of the country, Southampton is looking to power out of the pandemic and make up lost economic ground. Being a host city next year will not only assist with our economic recovery, but will also show that we can be a host city for other national events.
"Football is a huge part of our culture here, so hosting an England Lionesses game at the stadium is something to be proud of. In the depths of this pandemic it is also thrilling to think that we will be welcoming national and international supporters and that the era of empty stadia can end."
In another sign of the growing status of women’s competitions, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) programme will be used throughout the finals for the first time.
UEFA's new ticketing portal is now open for fans to register for early access to tickets and stay up to date on all the latest information ahead of next year's finals.
Sign up for information on tickets for UEFA Women's EURO 2022 here.
England 2022 venues
- Southampton (St Mary's Stadium)
- Brighton & Hove (Brighton & Hove Community Stadium)
- London (Brentford Community Stadium & Wembley Stadium – final only)
- Manchester (Manchester City Academy Stadium)
- Milton Keynes (Stadium MK)
- Rotherham (New York Stadium)
- Sheffield (Bramall Lane)
- Trafford (Old Trafford – opening game)
- Wigan & Leigh (Leigh Sports Village)