UEFA has confirmed details for the delayed Women’s European Championships, which will take place in 2022 and includes games in Milton Keynes.
The tournament had originally been due to take place in the summer of 2021, but has been rescheduled after the men’s tournament was pushed back 12 months due to the coronavirus crisis.
The new schedule will see the rescheduled tournament begin on July 6th 2022, with the final to be held at Wembley in London on July 31st.
stadium mk in Milton Keynes was originally scheduled to host 4 games. It was due to host 3 matches in Group B, and a semi-final encounter.
UEFA has stated that the tournament will progress with originally planned venues, including venues in London, Southampton, Manchester, Sheffield, Brighton and Rotherham.
UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said, “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.
“We have carefully considered all options, with our commitment to the growth of women’s football at the forefront of our thinking. By moving UEFA Women’s EURO to the following year, we are ensuring that our flagship women’s competition will be the only major football tournament of the summer, providing it with the spotlight it deserves.”
Ceferin’s views were echoed by Nadine Kessler, UEFA’s chief of women’s football, who said that it was in the best interests of the game to push the tournament back.
She, explained: “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.
“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.”
A fully revised schedule is yet to be revealed for the 2022 tournament. Qualification had begun for the tournament, but was abruptly stopped in March as Europe began to lock down in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.