The 2022 UEFA European Women’s Football Championship commences on July 6 as host nation England take on Austria at Old Trafford, Manchester.
From the reigning champions Netherlands to hosts England, sixteen national teams divided into four groups will battle it out for the most coveted continental title this summer.
Women’s Euro 2022 groups
Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland
Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland
Group C: Netherlands, Sweden, Portugal, Switzerland
Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland
The top-two placed teams from each section will progress into the knock-out stages that will be played in a one-off format.
What are the venues?
England was the only country to submit a bid to host the tournament before the deadline and was confirmed as the host nation in December 2018.
The 13th edition of the Women’s Euros will spread over eight host cities, containing eight venues.
Old Trafford, the home venue of Manchester United, will host the opening fixture, with the grand final scheduled to take place at Wembley Stadium on July 31.
Here is the list of the eight remaining stadiums that will host the tournament.
- Amex Stadium – Brighton & Hove Albion
- Academy Stadium – Manchester
- Bramall Late – Sheffield United
- Brentford Community Stadium – London
- Leigh Sports Village – Leigh
- New York Stadium – Rotherham
- St Mary’s Stadium – Southampton
- Stadium MK – Milton Keynes
Women’s Euro 2022 fixtures
Wednesday 6th July
Group A: England v Austria (8pm, Old Trafford)
England’s Group A curtain-raiser against Austria serves to get the Women’s Euro 2022 schedule underway.
Thursday 7th July
Group A: Norway v Northern Ireland (8pm, St Mary’s Stadium)
Friday 8th July
Group B: Spain v Finland (5pm, Stadium MK)
Group B: Germany v Denmark (8pm, Brentford Community Stadium)
Saturday 9th July
Group C: Portugal v Switzerland (5pm, Leigh Sports Village)
Group C: Netherlands v Sweden (8pm, Bramall Lane)
Sunday 10th July
Group D: Belgium v Iceland (5pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium)
Group D: France v Italy (8pm, New York Stadium)
Monday 11th July
Group A: Austria v Northern Ireland (5pm, St Mary’s Stadium)
Group A: England v Norway (8pm, Brighton & Hove Community Stadium)
Tuesday 12th July
Group B: Denmark v Finland (5pm, Stadium MK)
Group B: Germany v Spain (8pm, Brentford Community Stadium)
Wednesday 13th July
Group C: Sweden v Switzerland (5pm, Bramall Lane)
Group C: Netherlands v Portugal (8pm, Leigh Sports Village)
Thursday 14th July
Group D: Italy v Iceland (5pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium)
Group D: France v Belgium (8pm, New York Stadium)
Friday 15th July
Group A: Northern Ireland v England (8pm, St Mary’s Stadium)
Group A: Austria v Norway (8pm, Brighton & Hove Community Stadium)
Saturday 16th July
Group B: Finland v Germany (8pm, Stadium MK)
Group B: Denmark v Spain (8pm, Brentford Community Stadium)
Sunday 17th July
Group C: Switzerland v Netherlands (5pm, Bramall Lane)
Group C: Sweden v Portugal (5pm, Leigh Sports Village)
Monday 18th July
Group D: Iceland v France (8pm, New York Stadium)
Group D: Italy v Belgium (8pm, Manchester City Academy Stadium)
The Women’s Euro 2022 knock-out stages kick off on July 20, with the grand final scheduled for July 31.
Women’s Euro 2022 Preview & Predictions
The Netherlands hammered Denmark 4-2 in the 2017 showpiece at De Grolsch Veste as Arsenal star Vivianne Miedema.
After ending Germany’s long-term reign of dominance in Europe, they will be keen to retain the crown.
However, Die Nationalelf will be out to reclaim continental supremacy, having seen their run of six consecutive triumphs come to a halt in 2017.
Exciting young talent is bursting at the seams. The 2016 Olympics gold medal winner Alexandra Popp aims to captain her team to a record-extending ninth Euros success.
Watch out for Sweden, though, as they finished runners-up at the 2020 Olympics following a third-place finish at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Drawn together with Austria, Norway and Northern Ireland in Group A, England are hot favourites to make it to the knock-out stages.
But they will likely cross paths with either Germany or Spain in the elimination rounds.
It will likely make their bid to qualify for their first European Championships final since 1984 immensly difficult.
Last but not least, France, led by aris Saint-Germain’s young forward Marie-Antoinette Katoto, could soak up the limelight as the tournament’s team to beat.
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