UEFA has announced that it has received five declarations of interest representing eight member associations to host the UEFA European Women’s Championship Final in 2025.
A joint declaration of interest was received from the member associations of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The member associations of France, Poland, Switzerland and Ukraine have also shown their interest in the bidding.
The organisation stated: “UEFA has responded to the surge in popularity of women’s football by raising the standards for hosting the event in 2025.”
The procedure for the selection of the venues to host the final tournament was launched in July 2021.
The deadline for the submission of the bid dossiers is in October 2022, and the UEFA Executive Committee will select the successful host association(s) in December 2022.
As part of a ‘flexible’ process, bidders are recommended to present eight Category 4 stadiums, with a variety of capacities ranging from 15,000 to 30,000.
In April last year, the committee confirmed that the postponed tournament will be played in England from 6 to 31 July 2022, however stating that it planned to use the same venues that were originally proposed to host the event, as UEFA President, Aleksander Čeferin, regarded it as an ‘urgent decision’.
In 2019, the organisation launched its first dedicated women’s football strategy which set out a five-year plan to develop women’s football and increase participation across Europe. One of the strategy’s key targets was to double the reach and value of both the UEFA Women’s EURO and UEFA Women’s Champions League competitions.