The Football Association has confirmed that England coach Sven-Göran Eriksson will be among the dignitaries conducting the draw for the 2005 UEFA European Women's Championship.
UEFA Chief Executive Lars-Christer Olsson and UEFA women's football committee chairman Karen Espelund will also be on the rostrum at the City of Manchester stadium along with the United Kingdom's minister for sport and tourism, Richard Caborn. The draw ceremony and unveiling of the newly designed trophy will commence at 14.45 CET and will be broadcast live on uefa.com.
Eight nations are taking part in the final round - hosts England, holders Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway and Sweden - and they will be drawn into two groups of four. The top two in each group will advance to the semi-finals where the Group A winners will play the Group B runners-up and vice-versa.
The draw will be followed by a press conference, photo call and interview opportunities with the coaches and players present from the participating nations. Media representatives wishing to attend are requested to apply for accreditation before 19.00CET today. They should email Alex Stone, tournament press officer at the English Football Association at: alex.stone@TheFA.com. In order to facilitate co-ordination, they are asked inform Stone of individual interview requests.
The City of Manchester stadium will host the opening England game on Sunday 5 June. The other Group A matches will be played at Ewood Park, home of Blackburn Rovers FC, and at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool FC's ground. Ewood Park is also the setting for the final on Sunday 19 June. Preston North End FC's Deepdale stadium and the newly built Halliwell Jones stadium of rugby league team Warrington Wolves RLFC will host the Group B games, and will each stage a semi-final.
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