With 500 days to go until UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 kicks off in England, The FA has today released the full match schedule – which includes confirmation that Southampton's St Mary’s Stadium will host three matches including England’s final group stage game on 16 July.
This follows on from the club playing host to the Lionesses World Cup qualifying fixture against Wales back in April 2018, which saw over 28,000 women's football fans descend on St Mary's.
It has also been revealed that England are to play the opening match at Old Trafford on 7 July 2021, with Manchester United’s 74,879 capacity venue offering the host nation the opportunity to break the attendance record for a UEFA Women’s EURO in its opening fixture.
Wembley Stadium – with a capacity of 90,000 – will host the showpiece final on 1 August, meaning the venue is hosting back-to-back men’s and women’s European Championship finals in 2020 and 2021.
St Mary’s is one of ten grounds taking part in the tournament. As tournament hosts, Phil Neville’s Lionesses qualify automatically and after beginning their campaign in Manchester, will complete their group stage fixtures in front of home crowds at Brighton & Hove’s Community Stadium and finally St Mary’s.
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Toby Steele, Managing Director, Southampton Football Club said: “Next summer is set to be another showpiece of women’s football at the highest level, and we are incredibly proud that St Mary’s Stadium will be playing its part as a host venue in UEFA Women’s EURO 2021.
"With the competition set to be the largest ever women’s EURO to date, we can’t wait to welcome fans from across Europe to our stadium throughout the tournament.”