Sheffield on the map for Women’s EurosPosted by: Ashley Birch
The Steel City will be a host city when England stages the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 championships
UEFA has announced that Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane stadium will be one of eight host venues for the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021, which will welcome teams from 16 countries to our shores.
Rotherham’s AESSEAL New York Stadium has also been named as a host venue, further showing the growth for the women’s game in South Yorkshire.
Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: "This is not only fantastic news for England, but for Sheffield and the City Region. Sheffield is the home of football and the sport has a proud place in our city’s history.
“I'm thrilled that the combined efforts of the council and our partners at Sheffield United have helped to secure this world-class event, which as a city we are well equipped to deliver.
"The competition will be especially exciting for women and girls who are interested in sport and for everyone who's a football fan but more importantly will inspire a whole new generation of female footballers.
A map of the proposed host cities
“Involvement in women's football is growing across South Yorkshire and with EURO 2021 games set to be played in Sheffield and Rotherham I am sure this will rapidly continue. We look forward to sharing further announcements of the matches that will be played in Sheffield and to the excitement leading up to the competition in 2021."
The bid to stage the tournament was submitted by the Football Association as part of its ‘Gameplan for Growth’ strategy to grow the women’s game, and followed the successful Euro 2017 campaign in the Netherlands which saw England reach the semi-finals, generating a record peak audience of four million TV viewers in the UK.
Sheffield City Council and Sheffield United worked with other partners across the city to contribute to the FA’s bid for the competition, which also includes provision for team training facilities.
Chelsea and England centre back Millie Bright, who was formerly with Sheffield United in her junior career, said: “It is fantastic news that Sheffield is a host city for the Championships. Born and bred in Sheffield, to have the chance to play for England in front of my family and friends at Bramall Lane which is close to my heart is unbelievable. I can’t wait.”
The next key date will be the draw for the qualifying group stage, which will be held on 22 February next year. Following that, the qualifiers will be played from August 2019 to September 2020 to determine 12 of the finalists, with the play-offs determining the last three entrants in October 2020.