UEFA Women's Euro 2021

The 2021 UEFA Women's Championship will be the 13th edition of the UEFA Women's Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organised by UEFA for the women's national teams of Europe. It will be the second edition since it was expanded to 16 teams. The championship will be held in England from 7 July to 1 August 2021, with the final to take place at the Wembley Stadium. England last hosted the tournament in 2005, the last edition featuring eight teams.[1][2]

UEFA Women's Euro 2021
Tournament details
Host countryEngland
Dates7 July – 1 August 2021
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)9 (in 8 host cities)

The Netherlands are the defending champions. The video assistant referee (VAR), as well as goal-line technology, will be used in the final tournament.[3]

Host selection

England was the only country to submit a bid before the deadline.[4]

England were confirmed as hosts at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Dublin, Republic of Ireland on 3 December 2018.[5][2][1]

Qualification

A total of 48 UEFA nations entered the competition (including Cyprus which entered for the first time at senior women's level, and Kosovo which entered their first Women's Euro), and with the hosts England qualifying automatically, the other 47 teams will compete in the qualifying competition to determine the remaining 15 spots in the final tournament.[6] Different from previous qualifying competitions, the preliminary round has been abolished and all entrants start from the qualifying group stage. The qualifying competition consists of two rounds:[7]

  • Qualifying group stage: The 47 teams are drawn into nine groups: two groups of six teams and seven groups of five teams. Each group is played in home-and-away round-robin format. The nine group winners and the three best runners-up (not counting results against the sixth-placed team) qualify directly for the final tournament, while the remaining six runners-up advance to the play-offs.
  • Play-offs: The six teams are drawn into three ties to play home-and-away two-legged matches to determine the last three qualified teams.

The draw for the qualifying group stage was held on 21 February 2019 in Nyon. The qualifying group stage will take place from August 2019 to September 2020, while the play-offs will take place in October 2020.[7][1]

Qualified teams

The following teams qualified for the final tournament.

Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA ranking
at start of event
 EnglandHosts3 December 20189th2017Runners-up (1984, 2009)

Final draw

The final draw will be held in late 2020. The 16 teams will be drawn into four groups of four teams. The hosts will be assigned to position A1 in the draw, while the other teams will be seeded according to their coefficient ranking following the end of the qualifying stage, calculated based on the following:

Venues

The following stadiums will host matches in the tournament:[8]

Meadow Lane in Nottingham and London Road in Peterborough were initially included on the list of stadiums when the Football Association submitted the bid to host the tournament. These were changed with the City Ground in Nottingham and St Mary's in Southampton due to UEFA requirements.[9][10] The City Ground was replaced by Leigh Sports Village when the final list of venues was confirmed in August 2019.[8]

London Brentford Leigh Manchester
Wembley Stadium Brentford Community Stadium Leigh Sports Village Manchester City Academy Stadium
Capacity: 90,000 Capacity: 17,250 Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 7,000
Sheffield
Bramall Lane
Capacity: 32,702
Rotherham Milton Keynes Southampton Brighton and Hove
New York Stadium Stadium MK St Mary's Stadium Brighton Community Stadium
Capacity: 12,021 Capacity: 30,500 Capacity: 32,505 Capacity: 30,750

Squads

Each national team have to submit a squad of 23 players, three of whom must be goalkeepers. If a player is injured or ill severely enough to prevent her participation in the tournament before her team's first match, she can be replaced by another player.[7]

Group stage

The provisional match schedule was confirmed by the UEFA Executive Committee during their meeting in Nyon, Switzerland on 4 December 2019.[11][12]

The group winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals.

Tiebreakers

In the group stage, teams are ranked according to points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss), and if tied on points, the following tiebreaking criteria are applied, in the order given, to determine the rankings (Regulations Articles 18.01 and 18.02):[7]

  1. Points in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  2. Goal difference in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  3. Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams;
  4. If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams;
  5. Goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Penalty shoot-out if only two teams have the same number of points, and they met in the last round of the group and are tied after applying all criteria above (not used if more than two teams have the same number of points, or if their rankings are not relevant for qualification for the next stage);
  8. Disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points);
  9. UEFA coefficient ranking for the final draw.

All times are local, BST (UTC+1).[13]

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England (H) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 A2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 A3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 A4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 7 July 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
(H) Host.
England vA2
TBC
A3vA4

England vA3
A2vA4

A4v England
A2vA3


Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 B1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 B2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 B3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 B4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 9 July 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
B1vB2
B3vB4

B1vB3
B2vB4

B4vB1
B2vB3

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 C1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 C2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 C4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 10 July 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
C1vC2
C3vC4

C1vC3
C2vC4

C4vC1
C2vC3

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Knockout stage
2 D2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 D3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 11 July 2021. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
D1vD2
D3vD4

D1vD3
D2vD4

D4vD1
D2vD3

Knockout stage

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary.[7]

Bracket

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
23 July – Leigh
 
 
Winner Group C
 
27 July – Sheffield
 
Runner-up Group D
 
Winner Quarter-final 3
 
21 July – Brighton and Hove
 
Winner Quarter-final 1
 
Winner Group A
 
1 August – London
 
Runner-up Group B
 
Winner Semi-final 1
 
24 July – Rotherham
 
Winner Semi-final 2
 
Winner Group D
 
28 July – Milton Keynes
 
Runner-up Group C
 
Winner Quarter-final 4
 
22 July – Brentford
 
Winner Quarter-final 2
 
Winner Group B
 
 
Runner-up Group A
 

Quarter-finals

Winner Group AQuarter-final 1Runner-up Group B

Winner Group BQuarter-final 2Runner-up Group A

Winner Group CQuarter-final 3Runner-up Group D

Winner Group DQuarter-final 4Runner-up Group C

Semi-finals

Winner Quarter-final 3Semi-final 1Winner Quarter-final 1

Winner Quarter-final 4Semi-final 2Winner Quarter-final 2

Final

Winner Semi-final 1vWinner Semi-final 2

Broadcasting

Europe

* England as host.

Country Broadcaster
Free Pay
 United Kingdom (host)* BBC
 France TF1[14] Canal+[15]
 Spain RTVE[16]

See also

References

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  2. "Women's Euro 2021: England named hosts of European Championship". BBC Sport. 3 December 2018.
  3. "Format change for 2020/21 UEFA Nations League". UEFA.com. 24 September 2019.
  4. "England only applicant to host European Women's Championship in 2021". BBC Sport. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  5. "UEFA Executive Committee agenda for Dublin meeting". UEFA.com. 16 November 2018.
  6. "Seedings for the Women's EURO 2021 qualifying draw". UEFA.com. 20 December 2018.
  7. "Regulations of the UEFA European Women's Championship, 2019–21" (PDF). UEFA.com.
  8. "Euro 2021: Nine venues selected for finals tournament in England". The FA. 20 August 2019.
  9. "FA bids to host UEFA Women's Euro 2021". The Football Association. 29 August 2018.
  10. "England to stage UEFA Women's Euro 2021". The Football Association. 3 December 2018.
  11. "Game changer: group stage for UEFA Women's Champions League". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  12. "Women's EURO 2021 provisional schedule". UEFA.com. 4 December 2019.
  13. "UEFA Women's Euro 2021 – Match Schedule" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 4 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  14. "THE TF1 AND CANAL+ GROUPS ACQUIRE BROADCASTING RIGHTS TO THE UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2021 TOURNAMENT". TF1 Group. 4 October 2019. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  15. "Communiqué : CANAL+ co-diffusera l'UEFA EURO féminin 2021 !". Canal+ Group (in French). Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  16. PRENSA (1 October 2019). "RTVE se vuelca con la selección femenina de fútbol en su camino a la Eurocopa 2021". RTVE (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 November 2019.
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