The Football Association has today announced that Phil Neville’s England side will kick-off their UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 campaign at Manchester United’s Old Trafford.
The Lionesses have already qualified for the tournament as hosts and will begin their search for silverware at one of the most famous arenas in world football.
Today marks 500 days until the tournament kicks-off on 7 July 2021 and The Football Association have opted to use this milestone to reveal details of the upcoming festival of football.
The tournament opener at Old Trafford could attract a record-breaking attendance of up to 74,879. It promises to be some spectacle on the red side of Manchester with the opening ceremony also set to be staged ahead of the match. England will not know their opponents until the tournament draw takes place on 6 November.
It has also been confirmed that England’s final two group fixtures will be staged at Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium and St Mary’s Stadium Southampton, meaning that the Lionesses are likely to play each group game in-front of crowds in excess of 30,000. The remainder of the Group A fixtures will also be played in Brighton and Southampton.
Group B fixtures will be staged at Stadium MK in Milton Keynes and Brentford’s new community stadium at Lionel Road while Group C will have a northern feel with all matches being held at either Bramall Lane, home of Sheffield United, or the Leigh Sports Village. Manchester City Women’s Academy Stadium and the New York Stadium in Rotherham will host Group D matches.
The final will take place at Wembley Stadium on 1 August 2021.