St. Mary’s Stadium, home to Southampton FC, will host three matches throughout the tournament which kicks off at Old Trafford on July 6
(Members of Southampton Day Services Oaklands Team and Recreational Sports (OTARS) Learning Disability Football team tell us what countries are playing in Southampton next year, in the three group stage games.)
Southampton will be front and centre of the biggest women’s European sport event in history after being hand-picked as one of nine host cities for the hotly-anticipated UEFA Women’s EURO 2022.
The matches include Norway vs Northern Ireland on Thursday 7 July 2022, Austria vs Northern Ireland on Monday 11 July 2022 and Northern Ireland v England in Group A on Friday 15 July 2022.
The world’s leading stars traded plush green pitches for swanky red carpets on Thursday as the draw for the European show-piece took place at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse.
The ticket ballot application window is now officially open and former England captain Rio Ferdinand, who racked up 81 caps for the Three Lions, is backing the summer football bonanza to blaze a trail. The 42-year-old said:
“Fans shouldn’t miss out on their chance to be at the biggest women’s EURO ever and enter the ticket ballot now.
“I can’t wait to witness Wembley stadium for the final – its due to be the biggest European crowd for a women’s football match ever.
“What a moment for the women’s game that will leave such a massive legacy, inspiring huge numbers to be part of it in the future, whether its playing or watching!
“It’s going to be massive next year – I’ve been told It’s set to be history-making for the sport which will be unreal to be a part of and not something you’d want to miss.
“It will definitely [bring about] more awareness of the women’s game. If girls out there get to a game or watch the tournament on TV (for free!) and think you know what, I want to play football, for fun or have aspirations to one day be an International footballer. Then amazing. Everyone deserves the chance to play.”
The public ballot will close on 16 November and remaining tickets will go on general sale from mid-February 2022 ahead of the tournament curtain-raiser at Old Trafford on 6 July 2022.
The showcase final takes place at Wembley on 31 July and with the women’s game profile continuing to sky-rocket, the total attendance record for a UEFA Women’s EURO – currently 240,045 for Netherlands 2017 – is expected to be more than doubled.
St. Mary’s Stadium will be one of ten host venues for the competition with London, Manchester and Sheffield also featuring. And Brighton, Rotherham, Milton Keynes, Trafford and Wigan & Leigh make up the host city locations that will welcome women’s football’s most highly-rated stars.
(The UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 draw results are in and the ballot is now open!)
Southampton’s selection as a major host venue will see fans flock to the city and current England full back Lucy Bronze, whose side slipped to a semi-final defeat against home favourites the Netherlands at EURO 2017, added:
“I'm so excited. We've been waiting for these home Euros for a long long time considering how it got pushed back and cancelled last year.
“As players, we're super excited to be playing as the home nation and playing all around the country in front of our fans.
“All the groups are pretty strong. It's crazy now because the Euros now, so many teams are good whereas in years gone by, it was Germany, Germany and Norway. Now, it's Spain, Sweden, France are good, so's England, so's Holland - the list goes on and on. It's exciting.”
Councillor Spiros Vassiliou, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture & Heritage said:
“We are so excited about hosting the tournament next year in Southampton and now the countries playing here have been announced the excitement has built further. Southampton is a city where all cultures and nationalities are welcome and we can’t wait to welcome the Austria, Norway and Northern Ireland teams and fans to the city next year, as well as of course the mighty England Lionesses and any fans that are visiting Southampton. This is one not to be missed – be sure to get your tickets now.”
Giles Semper, Executive Director at GO! Southampton says:
“The matches set to be played at St. Mary’s Stadium next year are sure to bring in a huge crowd to Southampton, especially the England Vs. Northern Ireland game on 15 July, and we look forward to welcoming one and all. We are already working with partners on activating the city during the tournament so watch this space – and apply for tickets!”
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