UEFA Women's EURO 2017 kicks off in the Netherlands on 16 July. Here is all you need to know about the expanded 16-team spectacular.
UEFA Women's EURO 2017 kicks off in the Netherlands on 16 July. Here is all you need to know about the expanded 16-team, 31-match spectacular ...
Who is taking part?
Here are the groups ...
Group A: Netherlands (hosts), Norway, Denmark, Belgium
Group B: Germany (holders), Sweden, Italy, Russia
Group C: France, Iceland, Austria, Switzerland
Group D: England, Scotland, Spain, Portugal
Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, Scotland and Portugal have qualified for the first time.
Who is in the squads?
How does the competition work?
The top two teams in each group will progress to the knockout phase.
When are the games?
They begin on 16 July with the opening games in Group A , with Group B starting the next day and so on. The group stage ends on 27 July and two days later the knockout stage commences with the quarter-finals. The final is on 6 August in Enschede.
Where are the games?
There are seven venues ...
Breda: Rat Verlegh Stadion (group games 17, 20, 23, 26 July; semi-final 3 August)
Deventer: Stadion De Adelaarshorst (group games 18, 21, 24, 27 July; quarter-final 30 July)
Doetinchem: Stadion De Vijverberg (group games 16, 19, 22, 25 July; quarter-final 29 July)
Enschede: FC Twente Stadion (semi-final 3 August; final 6 August)
Rotterdam: Sparta Stadion (group games 17, 20, 23, 26 July; quarter-final 29 July)
Tilburg: Willem II Stadion (group games 18, 21, 24, 27 July; quarter-final 30 July)
Utrecht: Stadion Galgenwaard (group games 16, 19, 22, 25 July)
How can I get tickets?
Tickets are on sale now from bit.ly.
How can I follow on social media?
How are the teams warming up?
Teams have been busy with friendlies including in the current international window, among them today's match between the Netherlands and France which will help mark 100 days to go. See all the fixtures and results since qualifying ended.
Who have won the tournament in the past?
1989: West Germany
Anything else to know?
During the tournament, UEFA – in collaboration with social responsibility partners the World Heart Federation and Hartstichting in the Netherlands – will also be promoting 'healthy hearts', with the goal of increasing awareness of the importance of sport and encouraging children, women and fans in general to be more active in their everyday lives. Cardiovascular disease remains the first cause of premature deaths among women.
'Together #WePlayStrong' campaign
UEFA is aiming to make football the number one women's particpation sport across Europe within five years. The focus is on growing participation to achieve this and will be built around a campaign called 'Together #WePlayStrong'. It focuses on three key pillars that showcase the best of the game: skill, togetherness and positive attitude. The campaign will launch ahead of the UEFA Women's Champions League final and will be at the heart of UEFA's editorial coverage of Women's EURO this summer.