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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 11 July–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
Dates11 July – 1 August 2021
Teams16 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s)9 (proposed) (in 8 host cities)

The Netherlands are the defending champions.


Host selectionEdit

England was the only country to submit a bid before the deadline.[3]

England were confirmed as hosts at the UEFA Executive Committee meeting in Dublin, Republic of Ireland on 3 December 2018.[4][2][1]


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.[5] 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:[6]

  • 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.[7][1] The qualifying group stage will take place from August 2019 to September 2020, while the play-offs will take place in October 2020.[6][1]

Qualified teamsEdit

The following teams qualified for the final tournament.

Team Method of
Date of
Previous best
FIFA ranking
at start of event
  England Hosts 3 December 2018 9th 2017 Runners-up (1984, 2009)

The final tournament draw will take place at the 02 arena on 22 January 2021.


The following stadiums are proposed to host matches in the tournament:[1]

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.[8][9]

London Brentford Nottingham Manchester
Wembley Stadium Brentford Community Stadium City Ground Manchester City Academy Stadium
Capacity: 90,000 Capacity: 17,250 Capacity: 30,445 Capacity: 7,000
Bramall Lane
Capacity: 32,702
Rotherham Milton Keynes Southampton Brighton
New York Stadium Stadium MK St Mary's Stadium Brighton Community Stadium
Capacity: 12,021 Capacity: 30,500 Capacity: 32,505 Capacity: 30,750

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ a b c d e "England to host UEFA Women's EURO 2021". UEFA. 3 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Women's Euro 2021: England named hosts of European Championship". BBC Sport. 3 December 2018.
  3. ^ "England only applicant to host European Women's Championship in 2021". BBC Sport. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  4. ^ "UEFA Executive Committee agenda for Dublin meeting". 16 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Seedings for the Women's EURO 2021 qualifying draw". 20 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Regulations of the UEFA European Women's Championship, 2019–21" (PDF).
  7. ^ "2018/19 UEFA Women's calendar" (PDF). UEFA.
  8. ^ "FA bids to host UEFA Women's Euro 2021". The Football Association. 29 August 2018.
  9. ^ "England to stage UEFA Women's Euro 2021". The Football Association. 3 December 2018.

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