Old Trafford, Manchester United’s playing ground, will host the first match of UEFA Women’s EURO 2021. The kick-off, scheduled for 7 July next year, is 500 days away.
The 74,000-seat facility will flank the other nine stadiums in the 16-team tournament, for a total of 31 matches. The final is scheduled for 1 August 2021 at Wembley, where UEFA EURO 2020 will also conclude. The england host will take to the pitch in Manchester in the first game and will continue the group stage at Brighton & Hove and Southampton. The other matches will be played at Milton Keynes, Brentford, Sheffield, Rotherham, Wigan & Leigh and Manchester City’s Academy Stadium.
“Playing the first game of a European Championship in our country, in one of the most historic and symbolic stadiums in the Premier League, is an important signal from the FA and makes us understand our commitment to organising the tournament,” commented the England Ct , Phil Neville, a UEFA.com.
“Girls have always dreamed of playing at Wembley. To take the pitch at Wembley, Old Trafford or Southampton with a sell-out would be indescribable for all of them.”
More than 700,000 tickets will be sold for the final stage, so the record of 247,841 tickets for the tournament (Netherlands 2017) and 41,301 for a single match (the 2013 final in Solna) will probably be exceeded.
“It’s exactly what we wanted – it’s a great sign to start at Old Trafford and finish at Wembley,” said Nadine Kessler, UEFA’s director of women’s football.
“We have laid a solid foundation: we will not only organise an important international tournament, but we will use it more than ever to leave a legacy, not just to England, and involve more and more girls across Europe.”