The countdown has begun towards a record-breaking event coming to St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, that promises to be the major football tournament of summer 2022.
The 7 July 2021 was the one year to go date until the first game of the UEFA Women's EURO 2022 Tournament. Key people in Southampton that will benefit from the tournament legacy and the opportunities it will bring for women's and girl's sport gathered at the city's Bargate monument in Southampton to mark this milestone. View the video below
The 2022 tournament promises to be the biggest women's football event in UEFA history, deserving of the fresh, open and contemporary look that reflects the strength, diversity and ever-growing popularity of the game.
The opening match, on 6 July 2022, will take place at Old Trafford (capacity 76,000), with the final on 31 July to be played at Wembley Stadium (capacity 90,000), meaning England's national arena will host back-to-back men's and women's UEFA EURO finals in 2021 and 2022 respectively.
Three group stage games will be played in Southampton on 7, 11 and 15 July 2022.
Originally scheduled for 2021, the tournament was, like UEFA EURO 2020, postponed by a year. This guarantees increased exposure for women's football in a summer without other major football events.
Extensive coverage of all 31 matches at UEFA Women's EURO 2022 will feature on free-to-air television, radio and online as 16 nations compete to be crowned European champions. This will ensure anyone, from committed or curious fans to the next generation of stars, can tune into the tournament and be part of the excitement.
In another sign of the growing status of women’s competitions, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) programme will be used throughout the finals for the first time.
Southampton (St Mary's Stadium) image opposite
Brighton & Hove (Brighton & Hove Community Stadium)
London (Brentford Community Stadium & Wembley Stadium – final only)
Manchester (Manchester City Academy Stadium)
Milton Keynes (Stadium MK)
Rotherham (New York Stadium)
Sheffield (Bramall Lane)
Trafford (Old Trafford – opening game)
Wigan & Leigh (Leigh Sports Village)
St Mary’s Stadium will welcome its first Group A fixture to coincide with Matchday 1 on Thursday 7 July 2022, which will be an opportunity to surpass the biggest crowd for a women’s World Cup Qualifier in April 2018 when 25,601 fans saw England play Wales.
The stadium will then host Matchday 2 on Monday 11 July 2022 before hosting its final Group Stage fixture for Matchday 3 on Friday 15 July 2022.
St Mary's Stadium, Britannia Road, Southampton, SO14 5FP
Home team: Southampton
More than 25,000 fans watched a FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier at St Mary's Stadium between England and Wales in 2018.
Did you know that the name honours St Mary's Church, near the stadium, whose members founded what eventually became Southampton FC?
St Mary’s Stadium is located just east of Southampton’s city centre in the docks area on the west bank of the River Itchen. It is less than a mile or approximately a 15 minutes walk from Southampton’s city centre.
Parking is very limited near St Mary’s Stadium on matchdays, and roads around the stadium will be closed. You are advised to park in the city centre and walk to the stadium.
As England is gripped with EURO football fever Lionesses forward, Lauren Hemp, is excited about being one year to go until the UEFA Women's EURO 2022.. and Southampton is a host city.
UEFA chief of women's football, Nadine Kessler, said
"By moving the competition to 2022, we guarantee that the biggest women's sports event in Europe receives the exclusive platform it deserves. Alongside the English FA, we are confident of delivering a first-class tournament that will attract global attention and media coverage, leaving a legacy to inspire many more girls, and boys, to take up the game."
Kate Martin, Executive Director Place at Southampton City Council, said
“In Southampton there is a real buzz about three games of the UEFA Women’s EURO tournament being played here next year. It is a great opportunity for the City to come together and enjoy the Tournament and for the City to capitalise on the positive legacy it will bring to give women and young people more access to opportunities to get involved in sport and physical activity in general plus supporting local businesses in their recovery.”
Giles Semper, Executive Director, of GO! Southampton the city’s Business Improvement District (BID) said
"This is another great milestone for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022. As a host city, Southampton is looking forward to next year and the fantastic opportunities that will come with this event for our businesses and the local economy."
UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 is a huge opportunity for women and girls in Southampton to engage in a healthy lifestyle through football. There is a clear ambition to deliver the biggest women’s football event in UEFA history, which is used to inspire long-term, sustainable positive change in women’s and girls’ football.
As part of the legacy, Southampton will launch clear and accessible opportunities and programmes for women and girls to play football where and how they wish - and progress if they wish to. The Playmaker Award will be promoted to encourage women to take a first step in coaching football, and off the pitch, an increased number of FA-qualified female coaches and referees will be deployed where they are most needed to support the growth of the game for women and girls.
These pledges will lead to 50 primary and secondary schools offering equal access to football for girls in PE lessons by 2022. Double the number of FA-qualified female coaches and referees will officiate on the pitch, with 500 more women playing football in Southampton’s most deprived wards by creating sustainable recreational football opportunities.
Find out more about the Legacy in Southampton
Shannon Sievwright, the Southampton Football Club Women’s Captain and Saints Foundation Female Inclusion Officer, met with a girl’s football team at Bitterne Park School to discuss the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 tournament coming to Southampton and the opportunities it will bring for them.
Our new host city icon is an image of our iconic Bargate Monument, this icon will be used to promote the tournament in Southampton to an international audience.
The icon represents the medieval Bargate monument.
The Bargate is situated in the heart of Southampton city centre and was part of the original city walls.
In Medieval times it was the main entrance to the city, which makes it an ideal icon as Southampton looks to welcome Europe for their three group games.
Keep up to date
UEFA's new ticketing portal is now open for fans to register for early access to tickets and stay up to date on all the latest information ahead of 2022 finals.
13 July 2021 marks first chance to get tickets for fans that pre-register. Sign up for information on tickets for UEFA Women's EURO 2022 here.
Over 700,000 tickets available for the biggest women’s European sport event ever.
Tickets priced from £5 - £50, with over half a million tickets priced at £25 or less.
Final draw show takes place on 28 October 2021 live on BBC.
For more information regarding the current standings and qualified teams click here.