The Leader of Wigan Council remains committed to bringing elite level competition to the borough after it was confirmed the UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 competition had been postponed.
The UEFA Executive Committee last week said the tournament would now be played in England from 6 July to 31 July 2022.
Leigh Sports Village (LSV) was just one of ten grounds that was set to stage matches next summer and tournament organisers say they will plan to use the same stadiums in 2022. Earlier this year it was revealed the borough would be playing host to one of the quarter-finals, on top of the three group games already announced.
Coun David Molyneux, the Leader of Wigan Council has reiterated his desire to work with organisers to ensure some of the world’s best female footballers play in front of crowds in Leigh.’
The decision to move UEFA Women’s EURO came after UEFA announced on 17 March that UEFA EURO 2020 would be postponed to 2021 following the global outbreak of COVID-19 and the duty of UEFA to protect the health of all those involved in the game, while allowing domestic leagues and European competitions to be completed.
The extensive discussions leading to the move included talks with organisers of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, with whom UEFA and the FA continue to work with collaboratively to ensure that 2022 provides a memorable summer of elite sport.
The FA’s director of women’s football, Baroness Sue Campbell, added: “As a nation and at the FA, we’re extremely proud to be hosting UEFA Women’s EURO 2021, and are fully committed to delivering a world-class experience for players, staff and fans alike as the best of the European game comes to England.
“However, the sporting calendar must adapt while the world tackles something much bigger than sport. In these unprecedented times, it should be reiterated that the health of our communities remains the absolute priority for us all.
“We will continue our dialogues with cities, venues and our partners over the coming months as we work towards delivering a record-breaking UEFA Women’s EURO on home soil in 2022. We are confident that it will be worth the wait.”Further details, including potential amendments to the match calendar or the name of the tournament, will be announced in due course.