A UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 ticketing roadmap has been issued, along with a vision for a legacy programme which is hoped will increase the number of girls playing the game by 2024.
The Football Association announced the news in an official press release this morning with the ambitious plans promising to take both the tournament and the game in England to new levels.
It has been confirmed that more than 700,000 tickets will be made available across the 10 tournament venues in nine host cities, allowing an unprecedented number of fans to experience the biggest women’s European sport event ever from 6 – 31 July 2022.
It has been revealed that tickets will range from £5 to £50, with over half a million tickets available for £25 or less, ensuring that the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 is an accessible event for all. The tournament will also see a family of four (two adults and two children) able to watch some of the world’s best players from just £30.
Fans can apply for tickets from 13 July 2021, via a pre-sale system. The pre-sale, presented by Visa, will run until 10 August 2021. As part of the pre-sale, Visa cardholders will be given the opportunity to be among the first to purchase their tickets for the tournament, alongside fans that pre-register now at UEFA.com/womenseuro/ticketing. The public ballot will then open on 28 October 2021 with tickets going on general sale from mid-February 2022.
The Football Association have an ambition to set a record attendance for a UEFA Women’s EURO fixture at the tournament’s opening game at Old Trafford. The record currently stands at 41,301 and with England set to open the tournament, there is a real chance that a new record can be set. It is then hoped that the attendance record will be smashed for a second time with a packed out Wembley Stadium witnessing the final. The Football Association hope to see a sell-out crowd swell the national stadium, surpassing the current European record for a women’s game of 80,203 set at the Olympic Games London 2012.
The identities of all 16 participating nations have now been confirmed and it has been revealed that the draw for the group stage will take place on 28 October 2021 on the BBC.
In addition to the ticketing roadmap, The Football Association have announced a joint-ambition with UEFA to use the tournament to inspire long-term, sustainable positive change in women’s and girls’ football. Host cities are developing local strategies to make transformational changes in their communities which are designed to create a blueprint for the rest of the country and Europe.
A legacy programme which has been announced today, sets out the plans across the nine host cities to deliver 500,000 new football opportunities to engage women and girls by 2024. Nationally, The Football Association are committing to several measures, such as ensuring that 75% of schools provide equal access for girls to play football within PE lessons and 75% of all grassroots football clubs offer at least one girls’ team with 1,000 clubs offering a complete accredited pathway for girls.
Across the nine host cities, these measures will result in 120,000 more girls playing in schools and clubs and 20,000 more women playing for fun and friendship by 2024. In addition, 300 newly FA-qualified female coaches will double the number currently involved across the host cities, with 350 new FA-qualified female referees officiating to ensure increased female participation in all areas of the game.
Speaking following today’s news, Baroness Sue Campbell, EURO 2022 Board Member and Director of Women’s Football, The Football Association, said “It has been a challenging year in so many ways, with mental and physical wellbeing hugely affected by the pandemic. The tournament and the city legacy programmes are a very real opportunity to positively change the impact restrictions have had on our activity levels and to bring us together through football regardless of our role we play within the game.
“The long-term legacy ambitions will unlock the game for more women and girls across host cities and beyond with equal access for all girls to play football in school and clubs. We will also be working to create a more diverse workforce of coaches, referees and local leaders to deliver and organise football for their communities. Our vision will ensure inclusive, safe and welcoming environments for every woman and girl to play competitive or recreational grassroots football – irrespective of ability, age or ambition.
“This ambitious legacy programme could not be possible without the ongoing commitment to the development of the women’s game from UEFA, The FA, our host cities, councils and supporting organisations and I would like to thank them for all their hard work to date.”
You can find out more about how the tournament will help drive positive change within girls and women’s football at www.TheFA.com/WEURO2022/legacy.