Switzerland Announced As Host For Women’s Euro 2025
The UEFA has announced that Switzerland will host the 2025 Women’s European Championship.
Switzerland last hosted a major tournament in 2008, when they hosted the men’s Euros with neighbours Austria.
The 2025 Women’s European Championship will be the first major tournament hosted by Switzerland in over a decade and it will take place over four weeks in June and July 2025 at the planned venues of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Zurich, St. Gallen, Sion, Lucerne, and Thun.
Swiss FA’s president, Dominique Blanc, said this is a historic day for Switzerland, the SFA and women’s football.
“This major step will shape the development of women’s football at all levels.
The Swiss FA said it would set up a body responsible for the organisation of the event, adding that the “first workshops and visits to the venues with UEFA are already planned for April and May,” said Blanc.
The tournament will take place over four weeks in June and July 2025 at the planned venues of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Zurich, St. Gallen, Sion, Lucerne and Thun,” the Swiss FA said.
The existing infrastructure will be used and the construction of additional stadiums, hotels or training grounds is not necessary according to the current state of knowledge.
In October, UEFA said it had received four bids to host the tournament, including bids from France and Poland as well as a joint bid from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
The Nordic bid provided the strongest competition to Switzerland, making it to the UEFA executive committee’s final round of voting, where it received four votes to Switzerland’s nine.
Norwegian Football Federation’s president, Lise Klaveness, said he would like to congratulate Switzerland for making it to the UEFA executive committee.
“We believe we submitted a good application with a clear plan on how to create the best Euros ever.
We always knew that the competition would be tough, and we can only congratulate Switzerland who came away with the victory,” said Klaveness.
Ukraine had also expressed interest in hosting the event before the Russian invasion.
The previous edition of the tournament was held in England in 2022, where the hosts won the title after beating Germany in the final at Wembley Stadium.
Last year’s tournament, which was postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, had a projected global cumulative live viewership of 365 million, while a record crowd of 87,192 were at Wembley for the final.
Germany’s team is the most successful team in the history of the competition, having lifted the title on eight occasions.
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