UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 finals postponed to 2022

England women footballers pose before a match in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. England will remain as the host nation for the 2022 Women’s European Championships.

The 13th Edition of UEFA Women’s European Championship has been postponed to 2022, with the coronavirus pandemic disrupting the scheduling of major sporting events. 

England will still host the event, with the new dates confirmed to be 6th to 31st July, 2022.

The postponement of the men’s European Championships and the Tokyo Summer Olympics from 2020 to 2021 would have seen these tournaments coincide with the women’s championships.

UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says that the move will ensure that the tournament gets the required limelight. He emphasised the importance of having UEFA’s flagship women’s tournament as the only football event that summer.

On 17th March, UEFA had announced that it would be moving the men’s Euro 2020 finals to 2021 following the coronavirus outbreak. Recognising the need to protect the lives of all those involved in the games, the governing body allowed for domestic leagues and European club competition to be completed.

UEFA’s chief of women’s football Nadine Kessler said: “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.

“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.

“This decision puts us in a position to deliver a tournament that attracts global attention, maximises media coverage and increases stadium attendances, and is therefore helping us to meet our core objective of inspiring the next generation of footballers.

“2022 also allows for further promotion and partner activation, which would have been much more difficult in what is now a crowded summer in 2021. It is a clear sign of commitment to our dedicated partners who have joined us since we decided to separate the sponsorship for women’s football from men’s football.”

The rescheduling means that the latter stages of the Women’s Euro finals will clash with the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which will happen between July 27th and August 7th.

The quadrennial event, organized by UEFA for the women’s national teams of Europe was supposed to take place from 7th July to 1st August 2021. 

The tournament opener will still be hosted by the iconic Old Trafford stadium – home to Manchester United, with the final taking place at Wembley. Other significant venues for the tournament include the St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, Bramall Lane in Sheffield and Stadium MK in Milton Keynes.

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