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Euro 2022: Everything you need to know ahead of this summer's tournament


The 16 best women's European national teams will converge on England this summer.

With the men's World Cup having been pushed back until November, what better way to get your summer tournament fix than with Euro 2022?

When is the tournament taking place?

The opening match sees England take on Austria at a sold-out Old Trafford on Wednesday 6 July.

The final takes place at Wembley on 31 July.

All matches kick off at either 17:00 or 20:00 (BST).

Who has qualified and what is the draw?

Group A: England, Austria, Norway & Northern Ireland.

Group B: Spain, Finland, Germany & Denmark.

Group C: Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden & Netherlands.

Group D: Belgium, Iceland, France & Italy.


Russia initially qualified, but were thrown-out following the country's invasion of Ukraine. Portugal, who they beat in the play-offs, have taken their place.

Where is the tournament taking place?

England is hosting the European Championships for the second time, previously doing so in 2005.

The opening match will take place at Old Trafford, with all roads leading to the final at Wembley.

Eight other venues will be used, including Brentford Community Stadium, Leigh Sports Village, New York Stadium in Rotherham and Academy Stadium.

After leaving Manchester, the host's other group games take place at Falmer Stadium in Brighton and St Mary's over in Southampton.

The semi-finals will take place at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane and Stadium MK.

Who are the favourites?

Netherlands are the holders having won this competition five years ago, subsequently reaching the 2019 World Cup Final, beaten by the U.S.

Germany are the record-winners, having lifted this trophy eight times in just ten attempts, as well as two World Cups and Olympic Gold in 2016.

Spain are many people's favourites, despite the fact la Roja have never previously won a knockout stage match at a major tournament.

England, now led by 2017 winning manager Sarina Wiegman, will be hoping to make home advantage count as they seek their first silverware.

How do I watch the tournament?

In the UK, all matches are available to watch for free on BBC One/Two and on BBC iPlayer.

In the United States, all matches will be shown on ESPN2.

Check local listings for other global broadcasters.

Where can I read more ahead of the tournament?

An in-depth guide about all 16 teams can be found here:

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden & Switzerland.

Previews of all 31 matches will be available here. 

 


Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".



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