England will host their first major women’s international tournament in 17 years this summer when 16 nations battle it out at Women’s Euro 2022.
The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, France, Belgium, Iceland, Spain, Finland, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Portugal and the Lionesses have all qualified for the prestigious tournament – which starts on July 6.
The final will be held at Wembley on July 31. But which other English stadiums will welcome some of Europe’s finest players this summer? Here, Mirror Football takes a look at the 10 venues that will stage Euro 2022 fixtures – including the Theatre of Dreams.
Address: Wembley Stadium, London, HA9 0WS
Telephone: 0800 169 9933
All 16 teams will be dreaming of reaching the final at this iconic venue. The 90,000-seater stadium opened in 2007 – six-and-a-half years after the original Wembley closed – and has hosted several iconic matches, including the men’s Champions League final and the Euro 2020 final. It stages the men’s and women’s FA Cup final each year, as well as several men’s international fixtures and the EFL Cup final.
Final, July 31, 5pm
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Address: Manchester United FC, Sir Matt Busby Way, Manchester, M16 0RA
Telephone: 0161 868 8000
Known as the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford has been Manchester United’s home since it opened in 1910. It is the largest Premier League ground with a capacity of 74,140 and has hosted several major events since the Second World War – including group games at the World Cup in 1966 and the semi-final between France and Czech Republic at Euro ’96. It was also the venue for the men’s Champions League final in 2003 and the men’s Rugby League World Cup final in 2013.
England vs Austria, Group A, July 6, 8pm
Address: Sheffield United FC, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4SU
Telephone: 0114 253 7200
Bramall Lane is the world’s oldest professional football ground still in use and the home of Championship side Sheffield United. It was Yorkshire County Cricket Club’s maiden home – opening in 1855 – and hosted an Ashes Test match in 1902. The 32,702-seater stadium staged the women’s League Cup final in 2019 and was the venue for the men’s FA Cup final in 1912. It has also hosted several England youth internationals.
Netherlands vs Sweden, Group C, July 9, 8pm
Sweden vs Switzerland, Group C, July 13, 8pm
Switzerland vs Netherlands, Group C, July 17, 5pm
Semi-final 1, July 26, 8pm
Address: Southampton FC, Britannia Road, Southampton SO14 5FP
Telephone: 023 8072 7700
St Mary’s has been Southampton’s home since 2001 and hosted various international fixtures during the last 21 years. The 32,394-seater stadium was the venue for England Women’s 8-0 win against North Macedonia in September 2021 – with Ellen White scoring a brace in the World Cup qualifier – and previously staged two England Men’s internationals against North Macedonia and Kosovo.
Norway vs Northern Ireland, Group A, July 7, 8pm
Austria vs Northern Ireland, Group A, July 11, 5pm
Northern Ireland vs England, Group A, July 15, 8pm
Address: Brighton & Hove Albion FC, Village Way, Brighton BN1 9BL
Telephone: 01273 668855
Brighton’s current home was opened in 2011 and has hosted several international games since. It was the venue for England Men’s U21 friendly against Austria in March 2013 and hosted a women’s international between England and New Zealand in June 2019. The 31,800-seater stadium also staged two men’s Rugby World Cup fixtures in 2015 – including Japan’s famous 34-32 victory against South Africa.
England vs Norway, Group A, July 11, 8pm
Austria vs Norway, Group A, July 15, 8pm
Quarter-final 1, July 20, 8pm
Address: MK Dons FC, Stadium Way West, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK1 1ST
Telephone: 01908 622922
The home of MK Dons was opened in November 2007 and has staged several major fixtures. It was the venue for the women’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Everton in June 2014 and hosted a men’s international between Ghana and Latvia in June 2010. It was also selected as one of the venues for England’s 2018 World Cup bid – which ultimately failed – and staged an EFL Cup tie between Tottenham and Watford in September 2018.
Spain vs Finland, Group B, July 8, 5pm
Denmark vs Finland, Group B, July 12, 5pm
Finland vs Germany, Group B, July 16, 8pm
Semi-final 2, July 27, 8pm
Brentford Community Stadium
Address: Brentford FC, Lionel Rd South, Brentford, London, TW8 0RU
Telephone: 020 8847 2511
The Brentford Community Stadium is the tournament’s newest ground, opening in September 2020. It is the home of Premier League side Brentford – replacing Griffin Park – and will host its first international fixture this summer. The 17,250-seater stadium is also the home of Premiership Rugby side London Irish.
Germany vs Denmark, Group B, July 8, 8pm
Germany vs Spain, Group B, July 12, 8pm
Denmark vs Spain, Group B, July 16, 8pm
Quarter-final 2, July 21, 8pm
New York Stadium
Address: Rotherham United FC, New York Way, Rotherham S60 1FJ
Telephone: 01709 827760
The home of Championship outfit Rotherham United opened in 2012 and has hosted several internationals. The 12,021-seater stadium staged the Euros qualifier between England and Belgium in April 2016 and is regularly used by youth teams. The men’s U19 clash between England and Italy in November 2014 – resulting in a 3-0 win – is an example of this.
France vs Italy, Group D, July 10, 8pm
France vs Belgium, Group D, July 14, 8pm
Iceland vs France, Group D, July 18, 8pm
Quarter-final 4, July 23, 8pm
Leigh Sports Village
Address: Leigh Sports Village, Sale Way, Leigh, WN7 4JY
Telephone: 01942 487830
The 12,000-seater stadium is the home of rugby league outfit Leigh Centurions, opening in December 2008. It has hosted various rugby league internationals – including the men’s World Cup clash between Tonga and the Cook Islands in 2013 – and will be the venue for three more World Cup games later this year. In terms of women’s football, Manchester United have played their home fixtures at Leigh Sports Village since 2018.
Portugal vs Switzerland, Group C, July 9, 5pm
Netherlands vs Portugal, Group C, July 13, 8pm
Sweden vs Portugal, Group C, July 17, 5pm
Quarter-final 3, July 22, 8pm
Address: Etihad Campus, North Gate, 400 Ashton New Road, Manchester, M11 4TQ
Telephone: 0161 444 1894
The Academy Stadium is owned by Manchester City and situated just 400 metres from the Etihad. It’s been the home of City’s academy and women’s team since it was opened in December 2014 and has a capacity of 7,000. City have achieved significant success since they started playing at the Academy Stadium – winning the WSL title, three FA Cups and three League Cups during the last eight seasons.
Belgium vs Iceland, Group D, July 10, 5pm
Italy vs Iceland, Group D, July 14, 5pm
Italy vs Belgium, Group D, July 18, 8pm