Manchester’s Old Trafford Stadium is officially the setting for the opening match of the 2021 UEFA Women’s European Championship, 500 days from 7 July 2021.
The 74,000-seat stadium joins the other nine venues in the competition, which will host 16 teams and 31 matches. The final is scheduled for the 1stEr August 2021 at Wembley, venue of the UEFA EURO 2020 final. Qualified as the host country, England will play the opening match and will play, as part of their group, in Brighton – Hove and Southampton. Milton Keynes, Brentford, Sheffield United, Rotherham, Wigan and Leigh and Manchester City’ Academy Stadium are the other stadiums in the competition.
“Playing the first game of a European Championship in our own country on one of the most historic and iconic pitches in the Premier League, I think it’s huge from the FA (English Federation) and it says a lot about how the tournament will be organised ,” England coach Phil Neville told UEFA.com.
“Playing at Wembley is what my players dreamed of; playing in front of a packed stadium at Wembley, at Old Trafford, in Southampton, these are really dreams.”
More than 700,000 tickets will be available for the final set and attendance records (247,841 spectators for a final, in the Netherlands in 2017, and 41,301 on a single match, the 2013 final in Solna) will shake.
“That’s exactly what we’re aiming for, it’s a strong fire message that we start at Old Trafford and end up at Wembley,” said Nadine Kessler, UEFA’s head of women’s football. “We have laid the groundwork for a major international event, but also to ensure that the women’s EURO leaves a legacy for the whole of Europe and its member associations to show the greatness of women’s football and make more girls play through Europe.”