500 days to go until the Women's Euros!

There are just 500 days to go before the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 tournament kicks off on 7th July 2021, with 31 matches set to be held across the country, including three at the Brighton & Hove Community Stadium.

By James Hilsum • 23 February 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Danique Kerkdijk and Rianna Jarrett mark 500 days to go with children from an AITC Soccer School.

Brighton & Hove was chosen as a host city following a bid by Brighton & Hove City Council, Brighton & Hove Albion and the Sussex County Football Association.

As one of the eight host cities, a number of fan events will be held in the lead-up to and during the tournament, as well as a legacy programme to improve access to and participation in girls’ and women’s football.

There will also be a range of volunteering opportunities on offer. The first game played at Brighton & Hove Community Stadium will be on 12th July, with others on 16th and 21st, giving fans an opportunity to see some of the world’s best players in action. The final will be staged at Wembley Stadium on 1st August.

Albion chief executive Paul Barber said, “Everyone at the football club is hugely excited to have the chance to host the 2021 European Championships.

“Our commitment to women’s and girls’ football is increasing all the time, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming some of the continent’s finest teams to our stadium.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Rianna Jarrett and Danique Kerkdijk promoted 500 days to go until the start of the Women's Euros.

Support and interest in the sport is growing – currently around 1.7 million women and girls play football every year and it is now the top participation sport for women and girls in England. A total of 900,000 girls between five and 15 play the sport which also has 150 affiliated disability teams.

Sussex County FA chief executive Ken Benham added: “With the countdown underway excitement builds and we’re just as excited at the Sussex County FA; this a brilliant opportunity for us to showcase what passionate football people we have in this county and we hope everyone will be out in force to welcome the competition and enjoy having the world’s playing on our doorstep!”

Councillor Alan Robins, chair of the city’s tourism, development and culture committee, said: “It’s exciting to have begun the countdown to what will undoubtedly be one the city’s greatest ever sporting events.

“We are proud to be hosting this prestigious tournament and look forward to the ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities it will bring for our residents and visitors.

Ticket registration and applications to be part of UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 volunteer programme will open on 23rd February.

For more information, please visit: thefa.com/euro2021.