The countdown begins towards a record-breaking event coming to Greater Manchester that promises to be the major football tournament of summer 2022.

UEFA today unveils a brand-new identity for UEFA Women’s EURO 2022, which kicks off 500 days from now.

The 2022 edition in England promises to be the biggest women’s football event in UEFA history, deserving of the fresh, open and contemporary look that reflects the strength, diversity and ever-growing popularity of the game. 

Sheona Southern, Managing Director at Marketing Manchester, added: “Building on the legacy and expertise of hosting some incredible sporting moments in recent years; the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the region and our unrivalled football heritage to viewers from across the globe. We are proud to be hosting games across Greater Manchester in Manchester, Trafford and Wigan, including the opening match at Old Trafford.”

Cllr Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, added: “Manchester has been synonymous with the beautiful game for decades and it’s fitting that we have the honour of being a host city for the Women’s UEFA Euros 2022. We all remember the thrill of cheering on the Lionesses to the semis in the World Cup in 2019 – and I know we will be behind them again, hopefully this time all the way to the final.

“The Lionesses have been responsible for a new generation of female footballers getting into the game – and we want to capitalise on that in the coming year and get even more women and girls involved in the game.

Originally scheduled for 2021, the tournament was, like UEFA EURO 2020, postponed by a year. This guarantees increased exposure for women’s football in a summer without other major football events.

Extensive coverage of all 31 matches at UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 will feature on free-to-air television, radio and online as 16 nations compete to be crowned European champions. This will ensure anyone, from committed or curious fans to the next generation of stars, can tune into the tournament and be part of the excitement.

The opening match, on 6 July 2022, will take place at Old Trafford (capacity 76,000), with the final on 31 July to be played at Wembley Stadium (90,000), meaning England’s national arena will host back-to-back men’s and women’s UEFA EURO finals in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

In another sign of the growing status of women’s competitions, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) programme will be used throughout the finals for the first time.

UEFA’s new ticketing portal is now open for fans to register for early access to tickets and stay up to date on all the latest information ahead of next year’s finals.

Sign up for information on tickets for UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 here. Tickets will go quickly, so remember to register your interest as soon as possible.