29 August 2018
Bramall Lane - one of the proposed venues named in The FA's bid to stage the 20121 Euro Finals
The UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 Finals could be staged in England should The FA's bid to host the tournament be successful.
The FA confirmed its decision to submit a bid on 29 August - just 48 hours before UEFA’s deadline, with a final decision on the successful host nation to be taken by the UEFA Executive Committee on 3 December 2018.
England Women’s successful Euro 2017 campaign in the Netherlands has proved a catalyst for The FA's bid, with a record peak audience of four million TV viewers in the UK watching the Lionesses reach the semi-finals.
Wembley Stadium has been earmarked by The FA as one of the stadia country-wide to stage the tournament’s final in July 2021, a year after hosting the equivalent final for the men's tournament.
The proposed cities and stadia included in the bid are:
Brighton & Hove - AMEX Stadium
London - Wembley Stadium connected by EE and Brentford Community Stadium
Milton Keynes - Stadium MK
Manchester - Manchester City Academy Stadium
Nottingham - Meadow Lane
Peterborough - ABAX Stadium
Rotherham - AESSEAL New York Stadium
Sheffield - Bramall Lane
Speaking to The FA's official website, Baroness Sue Campbell, The FA’s director of women’s football, said: “We have made great strides in growing participation, support and success at all levels throughout women’s and girls’ football, of which we can be rightly proud.
“In 'The Gameplan For Growth' strategy, launched in March last year, we set ourselves some challenging targets which we are on course to achieve, but we are impatient to accelerate the development of the sport.
“There is no question that the opportunity to host such a prestigious tournament would provide us with an incredible catalyst for the future growth of the game at all levels.”
The FA’s bid has also received the full support of the Government, with Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport and Civil Society, adding: “We are excited by the opportunity UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 presents, which will undoubtedly inspire thousands of women and girls to get active and take up football, whilst showcasing to the rest of Europe and the world our country’s capacity for delivering truly world class events.”
Martin Glenn, The FA’s chief executive officer, said: “Our bid to host UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 reflects our strong commitment to supporting and growing women’s and girls’ football in England.
“We have invested heavily in the women’s game in recent years and the opportunity to bring the tournament to England would represent a landmark moment for women’s football in this country.
“Our aim is to make UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 the biggest and best showcase for women’s football ever seen in Europe."
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