— Published 13 October 2022

Scandinavians advance in groups

The battle for the 2025 UEFA Women’s EURO is shaping up to be a close one. Four Nordic countries – Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland – formalised their joint bid to host the continental tournament on Wednesday 12 October. The Scandinavian project foresees that the four capitals – Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Helsinki – would host matches, with an additional city in each of the four countries: Odense in Denmark, Gothenburg in Sweden, Trondheim in Norway and Tampere in Finland. The final would be played at the Friends Arena in Stockholm – the largest stadium in the Nordic region with 50,000 seats. In total, more than 800 000 tickets would be available for sale. According to a joint statement from the four countries, the bid “proposes a compact organisation of the tournament in order to create links within the Nordic and European cities in a spirit of sustainable development.” Another country in the running for the 2025 Women’s Euro, France unveiled its eight cities on Wednesday 12 October: Lens, Lyon, Metz, Nantes, Paris, Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes. Two other cities, Le Havre and Troyes, have been chosen as “reserve hosts”. On Wednesday 12 October, Switzerland also officially submitted its bid to UEFA. Its bid is based on a group of cities – Geneva, Sion, Lausanne, Bern, Thun, Lucerne, Zurich, St. Gallen and Basel – all of which are connected by an efficient rail network, where the stadiums have already been built. Poland has also joined the race. However, Ukraine, which was interested for a while, had to withdraw because of the conflict. UEFA’s executive committee is due to announce the host country on 25 January 2023.