The Football Association have confirmed that this season’s Vitality Women’s FA Cup final will be staged at Wembley on Sunday 5 December 2021.
The competition was hit with a lengthy delay in the early rounds due to the UK lockdown and the remaining participating clubs are playing catch up with the last-16 ties set to take place over the course of the coming weekend and into next week.
The Football Association have today issued an official press release confirming the arrangements for the final three rounds. The quarter-final ties will take place on Wednesday 29 September 2021 while the semi-final ties have been pencilled in for Sunday 31 October 2021. The quarter-finals will all be broadcast on either the BBC and on the FA Player. The semi-final ties will also be shown on the BBC, along with December’s final which will be broadcast live on BBC One.
The Vitality Women’s FA Cup final will coincide with the 100-year anniversary of The Football Association’s ban on women’s football while the occasion will also play a part in the competition’s 50th year anniversary celebrations.
Commenting on today’s news, Kelly Simmons, Director of Women’s Professional Game at The FA said “To mark the competition’s 50th anniversary, we felt it was fitting to schedule the 2021 Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final on 5 December, a date for many which represents the game’s lowest ebb.
“We want to use the Cup Final day, always one of the most special in the calendar, as a platform to celebrate the game’s historic trailblazers who we remain forever indebted to, whilst also acknowledging the growth and development in the modern era.
“Watching our best players at one of the best stadiums in the world, will hopefully continue to inspire a new generation to fall in love with women’s football.”
Manchester City are the current trophy holders after defeating Everton 3-1 after extra-time in last year’s final at Wembley.