The 2016/17 UEFA Women's Champions League final will be played in Wales for the first time, at Cardiff City Stadium, at 20:45CET (19:45 local) on 1 June, two days before the men's decider at the National Stadium of Wales. Tickets go on sale on 21 February with more details to follow.
CARDIFF CITY STADIUM
• The home of Cardiff City was opened in 2009, across the road from their old Ninian Park home.
• The expansion of the Ninian Stand in 2014 took the capacity to more than 33,000.
• The stadium hosted the 2014 UEFA Super Cup, Real Madrid beating Sevilla 2-0.
• The stadium has also hosted Wales senior internationals, major rugby games and concerts.
WOMEN'S FOOTBALL IN WALES
Women's football is a growing sport in Wales. In 2013 it hosted the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship, the first UEFA finals to be played in Wales and a milestone in the growth of the sport there. Since then, progress across the international stage is also now being mirrored in the domestic game.
Now an established national league, the Welsh Premier Women's League continues to improve, and its contribution to encouraging participation amongst young girls is a crucial part of the strategy to continue to improve the women's game in Wales.
Cardiff is home of Wales' domestic champions, Cardiff Met, who have dominated the league in recent seasons, winning the title three seasons on the bounce, and lifted the 2015/16 season domestic cup. They also represented Wales in this season's UEFA Women's Champions League, hosting their qualifying round mini-tournament but despite a historic victory in the opening match were unable to progress to the knockout stage.
However, the progress of the domestic league in recent seasons has been rewarded by Wales coach and 2017 final ambassador Jayne Ludlow, who has called three players up to the national team's training camps.
Wales coach Jayne Ludlow won the UEFA Women's Cup with Arsenal in 2007 and ten years on sees the benefits of the final coming to her nation's capital.
"Women’,s football is a growing sport and the standard is improving all the time." she said. "It will be an interesting final, and a real football spectacle, when the final comes to Cardiff next year.
"What a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of the women's game in Wales and beyond. It provides us with a massive opportunity to increase participation numbers and interest in Wales' national teams and domestic leagues.
"It is fantastic news that Wales will be staging the pinnacle event for European women's club football. The UEFA Women's Champions League is arguably the strongest competition for top level female players in the world.
"Having played in the competition with Arsenal and having had the honour of lifting the trophy in 2007, it will be great to welcome the world's best female footballers to Wales in 2017."
ROAD TO CARDIFF
Quarter-final draw (22/23 & 29/30 March)
1 Fortuna Hjørring (DEN) v Manchester City (ENG)
2 Rosengård (SWE) v Barcelona (ESP)
3 Wolfsburg (GER) v Lyon (FRA, holders)
4 Bayern München (GER) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Semi-final draw (22/23 & 29/30 April)
1 Rosengård/Barcelona v Bayern/Paris
2 Fortuna/Man. City v Wolfsburg/Lyon
Final: 1 June, Cardiff City Stadium
Winner semi-final 2 v winner semi-final 1
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The UEFA Women's Champions League comprises a qualifying group stage, four rounds of two-legged knockout ties and a one-off final.
The lower-ranked champion clubs compete in four-team, one-venue mini-tournaments hosted by one of the participants.
The qualifying round winners join the teams given a bye past that stage in the round of 32. From here on the competition consists of two-legged knockout ties, continuing with the round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals played over two legs. If scores are level after 90 or 120 minutes of the second leg, the team with the most away goals wins, otherwise a penalty shoot-out is held.
The final is on 1 June at Cardiff City Stadium, two days before the men's final at the National Stadium of Wales.
Further details, including the criteria for separating teams that finish level on points in a group, can be found in the official competition regulations.