The FA has confirmed the final venues, including St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, selected for the next edition of the UEFA European Women’s Championship, which will be played across eight English host cities in the summer of 2021.
UEFA Women's EURO 2021 promises to be a record-breaking tournament for UEFA, with approximately 700,000 tickets due to be available for fans across the country and extensive coverage of every game of the tournament available on free-to-air television, radio and online.
The list of announced venues, alongside St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, are as follows:
- Bramall Lane, Sheffield
- Brentford Community Stadium, London
- Brighton & Hove Community Stadium, Brighton & Hove
- Leigh Sports Village, Wigan & Leigh
- Manchester City Academy Stadium, Manchester
- New York Stadium, Rotherham
- Stadium MK, Milton Keynes
- Wembley Stadium, London
Two of the stadia are current FA Women's Super League grounds, and four of the venues – Brighton & Hove, Milton Keynes, Sheffield and Southampton – offer a capacity of over 30,000. The showpiece Final will be staged at Wembley Stadium.
As tournament hosts, England qualify automatically and will be joined by another 15 teams for the final tournament in July 2021. The official match schedule will be announced later this year.
Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Homes & Culture, said:
"Further to being hosts for this year's Cricket World Cup, we are excited to have now secured host city status for the UEFA Women's Euros in 2021. This will be a fantastic opportunity to continue to put Southampton on the map and for us to showcase Southampton as a vibrant, thriving and forward-thinking city on the world stage.
"As well as it bringing tens of thousands of visitors to our great city and growing the local economy, we want women of all backgrounds and abilities to have greater access and participate in physical activity. Hosting this high profile tournament presents us with the chance to inspire the next generation of Lionesses out there in our communities to get involved in football. We'll be working with Southampton FC, the FA and other partners in the city to help make that happen."
Registrations of interest for tickets and volunteering opportunities are now open – please visit the FA Euro 2021 website for more information.