It's time at last for UEFA Women's EURO 2022 –and UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin joins football fans everywhere in hailing the start of a fantastic adventure.
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The wait is finally over. At long last, UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, the premier European women’s national team football tournament, is upon us. The curtain is about to rise on a spectacle that promises to be a game-changer for the future of women’s football – in the host nation England, across the continent and beyond.
This much-anticipated event has been delayed by a year amid the challenges presented by the pandemic – but the delay, while initially frustrating, has ultimately played to the advantage of the women’s game. The Women’s EURO has now become this summer’s major footballing attraction. It will capture the sporting headlines, put women’s football into the spotlight around the world, and, most important, attract a legion of new followers to the game – all essential to building a sustainable future for the sport.
For what is set to become the biggest and best-ever European Women’s Championship, there can be no better setting than England, the birthplace of football. Over a tough and testing three-week tournament, culminating in a showpiece final at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium on 31 July, Europe’s 16 finest teams and their talented footballers will take the women’s game to new heights of skill and competitiveness.
"The Women’s EURO will demonstrate the power of football to lift spirits and deliver lasting, positive change."
The English Football Association is highly experienced in hosting high-calibre football occasions, and I would like to thank them on behalf of the European football community for rising so magnificently to this latest challenge. Ticket sales have exceeded all expectations, with ten splendid venues helping to maximise exposure of the women’s game across England. Beyond the stadiums, The FA has organised legacy programmes that will give almost a quarter of a million women and girls their first taste of the beautiful game.
The European Women’s Championship has written rich chapters in footballing history and EURO 2022 will be no exception, setting new benchmarks for the organisation of all women’s sports events. Get ready to savour every minute of a wonderful festival of football. In troubled times for Europe, the Women’s EURO will demonstrate the power of football to lift spirits and deliver lasting, positive change.