UEFA HAS ANNOUNCED that the postponed 2021 Uefa Women’s European Championship finals will take place from 6 to 31 July 2022.
Vera Pauw’s Ireland are on track to qualify for a first-ever major tournament after a strong showing in qualification thus far, though they have three group games to fulfil — and potentially play-offs to navigate — before the finals tournament in England.
The Lionesses, as hosts, are currently the only side to have qualified for the competition, which was moved following the postponements of Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Women’s Euros were originally scheduled to open at Old Trafford on 7 July 2021, but new dates were announced following a meeting of the Uefa Executive Committee via video today.
It is planned to use the same venues that were originally proposed to host the event.
“When we had to take an urgent decision on the postponement of Uefa Euro 2020, we always had the impact on Uefa Women’s Euro 2021 in mind,” president Aleksander Čeferin said in a statement.
“We have carefully considered all options, with our commitment to the growth of women’s football at the forefront of our thinking.
Uefa’s chief of women’s football, Nadine Kessler, added: “The core question guiding us together with the English FA was: What is best for women’s football?
“With the Olympics now being confirmed for summer 2021, we firmly believe that moving to 2022 is in the best interests of the tournament, the players, the fans, women’s football partners and everybody involved in all areas and at all levels of the game.
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“Uefa Women’s Euro is Europe’s biggest women’s sport event. It is also among the biggest sports events in the world, and therefore needs and deserves a platform of its own.”