The Football Association has submitted an official bid to stage the Women’s 2021 European Champions in England, the governing body has confirmed.
The FA’s bid follows England Women’s successful Euro 2017 campaign in the Netherlands, which saw the Lionesses reach the semi-finals.
A final decision on the successful host nation will be made by the Uefa Executive Committee on 3 December of this year.
As part of their bid, the FA have put forward a host of cities and stadia of varying capacities, with Wembley Stadium earmarked 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
FA chief executive Martin Glenn 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.”
The government has also thrown its full support behind the bid.
Tracey Crouch, the minister for sport and civil society, said: “On behalf of the UK Government, I give our wholehearted support for the bid to host Uefa Women’s Euro 2021 in England.
“Our nation has a proud track record of successfully staging the most prestigious sporting events in the world.
“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.”
England has staged the Women’s European Championships before, having hosted the competition in 2005 at venues across the north-west.