UEFA Women’s Euro 2022: The ultimate guide to the BBC TV event

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For the first time since 2005, England will host the tournament as new manager Sarina Wiegman aims for her second consecutive European crown.

The current Lionesses boss ended Germany’s six-game winning streak by leading the Netherlands to the title in 2017.

England have yet to claim a major honor on the international stage, but with two of the last five tournaments won by the host nation, expectations are starting to grow.

Here we take a closer look at everything you need to know about the tournament, including the venues, group stage draw, schedule, prize money and where you can watch the action unfold.

Host Country and Venue

The profile of women’s football has risen considerably since England last hosted the tournament in 2005.

At the time, only eight teams played each other, while spectators averaged just under 8,000 for the 15 matches.

Fast forward to 2022, and the landscape of women’s football is almost unrecognizable. A total of 16 teams will compete at 10 venues and eight host cities, including Wembley Stadium in London and Old Trafford in Manchester United.

The other eight venues include Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane, Southampton’s St Mary’s, Brighton’s Falmer Stadium, MK Dons’ Stadium, Brentford Community Stadium, Rotherham’s New York Ground, Leigh Sports Village and Stadium Manchester City Academy.

Who are the defending champions?

In 2017, the Netherlands claimed European Championship glory on home soil after beating Denmark 4-2 in the final.

Oranje picked up victories over Sweden and England in the knockout stage, and also went unbeaten in their group.

It was the first major title for the Dutch women’s team and the first major international honor for coach Sarina Wiegman, who became the oldest reigning Dutch boss with 72 games under her belt.

Group stage

Group A: England, Austria, Norway, Northern Ireland

On paper, hosts England received a favorable group. Norway appear to be the biggest challenger for the Lionesses given that they have won this event twice and are currently ranked 12th in the world.

Austria, who are ranked 21st, and Northern Ireland, who are making their debuts, face a difficult task if they are to progress.

Group B: Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland

Eight-time European Championship winners Germany have a much tougher challenge ahead.

Denmark, second in 2017, will pose the biggest threat, while Spain – who are ranked 10th in the world – also hope to raise eyebrows. Finland, on the other hand, are the rank underdogs.

Group C: Netherlands, Sweden Switzerland, Portugal

The tournament’s third group includes two powerhouses of European women’s football. The Netherlands, who are the defending champions, will have to overcome former winners Sweden in what should prove to be a thrilling battle for the top spot.

Switzerland and Portugal, who are ranked 20th and 29th in the world, will need to pull off a major upset if they are to qualify for the knockout stage.

Group D: France, Italy, Belgium, Iceland

Finally, we have Group D which might be the most competitive. France, who reached the quarter-finals in 2017, will be slight favorites to progress.

Belgium, Iceland and Italy are all ranked in the top 20 in the world and are capable of creating a few surprises.

Knockout stage

Quarter-final matches begin on July 20 with the Group A winners taking on the Group B runners-up in Brighton.

The Community Stadium in Brentford will host the second quarter-final as the Group B winners take on the Group A runners-up.

The action will then move to Leigh Sports Village where the Group C winner will face the Group D runner-up.

The last of the quarter-finals will take place in Rotherham as the winner of Group D will face the runners-up in Group C.

Semi-final matches will follow in Sheffield and Milton Keynes before the tournament culminates with a clash at Wembley.

Program

The opening match of the tournament will take place on July 6 at Old Trafford when England take on Austria. Group stage matches will then continue until July 18.

After two days off, the action will resume with the first of four quarter-finals on July 20. The other three matches will take place over the following three days.

The semi-final matches are scheduled for July 26 and 27 while the final will take place in London on July 31.

Complete list of meetings

Old Trafford

July 6 – England v Austria (Group A – Old Trafford)

July 7 – Norway vs Northern Ireland (Group A – Sainte-Marie Stadium)

July 8 – Spain vs Finland (Group B – Stadium MK)

July 8 – Germany vs Denmark (Group B – Brentford Community Stadium)

July 9th – Portugal v Switzerland (Group C – Leigh Sports Village)

July 9th – Netherlands vs Sweden (Group C – Bramall Lane)

July 10 – Belgium vs Iceland (Group D – Academy Stadium)

July 10 – France against Italy (Group D – New York Stadium)

11 July – Austria vs Northern Ireland (Group A – Sainte-Marie Stadium)

11 July – England vs Norway (Group A – Falmer Stadium)

July 12 – Denmark vs Finland (Group B – Stadium MK)

July 12 – Germany vs Spain (Group B – Brentford Community Stadium)

July 13 – Sweden vs Switzerland (Group C – Bramall Lane)

July 13 – Netherlands v Portugal (Group C – Leigh Sports Village)

July 14th – Italy vs Iceland (Group D – Academy Stadium)

July 14th – France v Belgium (Group D – New York Stadium)

July 15th – Northern Ireland v England (Group A – Sainte-Marie Stadium)

July 15th – Austria vs Norway (Group A – Falmer Stadium)

July 16 – Finland vs Germany (Group B – Stadium MK)

July 16 – Denmark vs Spain (Group B – Brentford Community Stadium)

July 17 – Switzerland v Netherlands (Group C – Bramall Lane)

July 17 – Sweden v Portugal (Group C – Leigh Sports Village)

July 18 – Iceland v France (Group D – New York Stadium)

July 18 – Italy vs Belgium (Group D – Academy Stadium)

July 20 – Winner Group A vs 2nd Group B (QF, Falmer Stadium)

July 21 – Winner Group B vs 2nd Group A (QF, Brentford Community Stadium)

22nd of July – Winner Group C vs 2nd Group D (FQ, Leigh Sports Village)

July 23 – Winner Group D vs 2nd Group C (QF, New York Stadium)

July 26 – Semi final (Bramall Alley)

July 27 – Semi final (Stadium MK)

July 31 – Final (Wembley Stadium)

Players to watch

Lauren Hemp of England Women

As Euro hosts, England will be desperate to put on an eye-catching display. A player who is certainly capable of creating excitement on the pitch is 21 Lauren Hemp.

The Manchester City star scored 16 goals in 31 games in all competitions last season as she scooped her fourth PFA Young Women’s Player of the Year award.

Another winger who hopes to take the tournament by storm will be the Norwegian Caroline Graham Hansen. The 26-year-old has won just about everything there is to win in the club game and is now aiming for silverware at international level.

Norway’s hopes of success will be greatly enhanced with Ada Hegerberg in the squad. The first-ever Women’s Ballon d’Or winner and six-time Champions League winner is back on the international stage after a five-year hiatus.

Germany, who have won seven of the last nine European championship titles, are also well equipped to face the test.

Die Nationalelf boasts the likes of Svenja Huthwho was the 2021/22 player of the season in her native country, and Leah Schullerwho finished the campaign as the Frauen-Bundesliga’s top scorer with 16 goals in 22 games.

Spain, on the other hand, will have the current Ballon d’Or holder Alexia Putellasas well as Barcelona’s star player Claudia Pinaat their disposal.

Elsewhere, be sure to keep an eye out for Denmark Pernille Harder who helped Chelsea to a domestic treble last season.

Dutch top scorer of all time (men’s and women’s football) Vivianne Miedema will also be looking to make an impact for the defending champions.

And let’s not forget the talented French duo of Marie Antoinette Katoto and Melvine Malard. Katoto is considered one of the top scorers in women’s football, having netted 25 goals last season. His teammate, meanwhile, possesses lightning speed and will be a major attacking danger for France.

Prize money

The total prize pool for the tournament stands at £13.7million, which is double the amount of the 2017 edition of the European Women’s Championship.

All 16 teams will receive £514,000 for their participation alone, and they can increase that figure with over £85,000 awarded for a group stage victory and over £42,000 for a draw.

Reaching the quarter-finals will net a team £175,000, while a place in the semi-finals is worth £274,000.

Finalists will take nearly £360,000, while winners will take home £565,000.

where to watch

In the UK, the BBC owns full broadcast rights to the event.

In Germany, fans can follow the tournament on Das Erste, ZDF and DAZN. French broadcasting rights were also shared between TF1 and Canal+.

Fans in the United States, on the other hand, will be able to follow the action on ESPN.

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