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Academy Stadium to play part in record-breaking UEFA Women’s EURO 2022

Academy Stadium to play part in record-breaking UEFA Women’s EURO 2022
Manchester City’s Academy Stadium is set to play a part in a record-breaking UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 tournament.

The home of Gareth Taylor’s FA Cup winners will play host to three Group D games in July 2022, as England’s Lionesses compete on home soil as tournament hosts for the first time since 2005.

With more than 700,000 tickets available, the competition is set to mark the biggest women’s European sport event in history.

Tickets are priced from £5 to £50 (with more than half a million tickets priced at £25 or less) and fans who have pre-registered will have the first chance to buy tickets at UEFA.com/womenseuro/ticketing from Tuesday 13 July 2021.

The UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 will be an accessible event for all. The tournament will see a family of four [two adults and two children] able to watch some of the world’s best players, including several City stars, from just £30.

With over 90% of England’s population within two hours of a game, the tournament will truly belong to everyone and allow fans from all areas the chance to play their part in what will hopefully be an historic summer for the women’s game.

The first chance supporters will have to apply for tickets is on Tuesday 13 July 2021, via the Pre-Sale, presented by Visa. To ensure this priority access, fans can register their interest now at UEFA.com/womenseuro/ticketing.

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With an unprecedented number of fans able to experience the tournament, hopes are to break attendance records throughout and spark sustainable positive change in women’s and girls’ football. The Academy Stadium will look to beat its previous record crowd of 5,665 for a women’s game – recorded in April 2015 when England played China in a friendly.

Meanwhile, a legacy programme has also been unveiled to illustrate how a record-breaking tournament has the power to inspire the next generation of players and fans. It is hoped the tournament will inspire action to double the number of female-friendly clubs in Manchester and Trafford and upskill 400 female activators to further support the game off the pitch.

As part of their legacy, Manchester and Trafford have pledged to grow the number of female-friendly clubs and establish a club network providing playing opportunities for women and girls of all ages and abilities. Women and girls from under-presented communities will be welcomed to football, and off the pitch, an increase in females in administrative roles will shine a light on female leaders and volunteers within the game across the region.

These pledges will lead to an increased number of female coaches registered and actively coaching female teams across Manchester and Trafford from 20% to 30%. 400 female activators will be upskilled to further support the game, with an increase in the number of FA-qualified female match officials, progressing from 10% of Manchester FA Match Officials being female to 20%.

Participants will be welcomed to double the number of female-friendly clubs in Manchester and Trafford, which will help support an increase in the number of players aged 16 and over in the area by 20% by 2024, which includes players in Cheshire FA clubs.

Find out more about how the tournament will help drive positive change within girls and women’s football at www.TheFA.com/WEURO2022/legacy.

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Baroness Sue Campbell, EURO 2022 Board Member and Director of Women’s Football, The FA, 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 legacy we hope to instil is a very real opportunity to positively change the impact restrictions have had on activity levels, but also the togetherness football gives us regardless of our role within the sport.

“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, alongside a diverse workforce of coaches, referees and local leaders delivering and organising 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 of our host cities, councils and supporting organisations and I would like to thank them for all their hard work to date.”

Chris Bryant, Head of Tournament Delivery, The FA, added: “We are aware of the huge opportunity we have to grow the women’s game here and across Europe.

“To have that legacy, we must ensure we first deliver a record-breaking tournament that captures the imagination, to provide those vital foundations. It is an exciting time as UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 really starts to take shape now, with the Pre-Sale, presented by Visa for tickets in July 2021.

“With 10 venues, nine host cities and over 700,000 tickets available there is a real opportunity for people to play their part in creating a special tournament with incredible footballing talent on display. With 16 of the best European Nations competing across 31 matches, we want to see full stadiums, generating an incredible atmosphere, so be sure to register for the Pre-Sale, presented by Visa so you don’t miss out on getting tickets.”

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Nadine Kessler, UEFA Chief of Women’s Football, said: “Today marks another important moment in the build-up to what will be the biggest UEFA Women’s EURO ever and ground-breaking from start to finish. A moment that is there to draw attention to two strategically fundamental topics, ticketing and legacy.

“Priorities we need to get right, and we will get right. We are going to fill stadia, sell out matches, fans are going to come from all over England, the whole UK, Europe and beyond. And when we have achieved this, we have left the impression that was needed to amplify the efforts that have already gone into leaving a legacy in England and beyond.

“The legacy, for all of us, won’t stop with the final whistle at Wembley stadium on 31 July 2022. I am delighted to see that The FA has found great partners for their legacy programme and are treating this topic with a long-term vision to bring women into the game and provide environments they can thrive in.

“This Women’s EURO needs to become a benchmark and we all have our role to play in it. There is a unique chance to make a difference to our sport, at a critical time. So, let’s make it happen.”

The Pre-Sale, presented by Visa will run from Tuesday 13 July until Tuesday 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 open following the draw which takes place on Thursday 28 October 2021 live on BBC, with tickets going on general sale from mid-February 2022.

Although all are planning for full stadiums in summer 2022, a robust refund policy will be in place if fixtures are postponed, cancelled, have reduced capacity or a change of venue is introduced due to COVID.

A ticket resale platform will be available in 2022 for ticket holders to use and re-sell their tickets at face value pre-tournament to another fan. More will be communicated in the coming months.

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