The FA announced its final selection of venues for the 2021 UEFA European Women’s Championship yesterday. The football tournament will be played in eight host cities across England, including Brighton & Hove.
As hosts, England will automatically qualify for the tournament, and are set to be joined by 15 other teams in July 2021. The official match schedule will be released later this year.
Brighton & Hove Amex Community Stadium is one of nine host stadiums, with the final being staged at Wembley Stadium. The nine stadiums are:
• Bramall Lane, Sheffield
• Brentford Community Stadium, London
• Brighton & Hove Amex Community Stadium, Brighton & Hove
• Leigh Sports Village, Wigan & Leigh
• Manchester City Academy Stadium, Manchester
• New York Stadium, Rotherham
• Stadium MK, Milton Keynes
• St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
• Wembley Stadium, London
The tournament is set to be a huge success for women’s football. The 2021 UEFA Women’s Euro will have 700,000 tickets up for grabs for fans across the country. There will also be extensive coverage of every game of the tournament on television, radio and online.
In 2017, when England reached the semi-finals, the UEFA Women’s Euro viewing figures reached a global audience of 165 million.
2019 marked to most successful Women’s World Cup to date, with 11.7 millions viewers tuning in across the UK to watch England play Sweden in the third-place play-off.
Councillor Alan Robins, chair of the council’s Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee, reflected on the Lionesses’ summer of success:
The success of the Lionesses in this summer’s World Cup has given women’s football a tremendous boost and excitement is already building in our city for UEFA Women’s EURO 2021.
We were delighted to welcome the England team to the Brighton & Hove Community Stadium back in June and we are proud to have been given the opportunity to host this prestigious event and help raise the profile of women’s football locally and nationally.
Hope Powell, Brighton & Hove Albion women’s first-team manager, expressed her excitement:
It’s exciting news for the city that the Brighton & Hove Community Stadium has been chosen as one of the host stadiums for Euro 2021.
Hosting a tournament such as this will not only help grow our game nationally, but also on a more local level where matches are being played. I hope it inspires the next generation of girls to play the game and introduces a new audience to women’s football.
Ken Benham, the Sussex County FA chief executive, added:
We’re delighted that some of the finest female players from across Europe will be showcasing their skills right here in Sussex. The tournament has the power to inspire and we hope it will encourage more people into the game.
We have opportunities for all ages and abilities to get involved with football, so we’re really looking forward to the increased exposure the championships will bring to the local area.
If you would like to register your interest in volunteering at the event, check out the FA website here.