UEFA Women's European Football Championship 2022
The UEFA Women's European Football Championship 2022 was the 13th UEFA European Championship which took place from 6 to 31 July 2022, with the opening match played at Old Trafford and the final at Wembley. Initially, the tournament was supposed to be held from July 7 to August 1, 2021, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the tournament was postponed to 2022.
For the second time in history, 16 teams took part in the final part of the championship. On December 3, 2018, at a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee, which was held in Dublin, Ireland, it was decided to organize the tournament - England, which previously hosted the European Championship in 2005, was declared the host country. At the final stage of the women's Euro 2021, for the first time, the video assistant referee (VAR) system worked in conjunction with technology that captures the ball crossing the goal line.
Choice of venue
England officially announced its intention to host the tournament in August 2017,
Austria and Hungary were named among its competitors, but in the end, before the deadline - August 31, 2018 - only one country applied to host the championship - England, in connection with this, the decision on the venue of the tournament took place without a voting procedure, and the application of the only candidate still had to comply with UEFA requirements. On December 3, 2018, the host nation of the tournament was announced.
48 UEFA member countries have the opportunity to participate in the European Championship qualifier: the host country automatically qualifies, the remaining 47 teams will participate in a qualifying competition to determine the 15 teams that will take part in the final tournament of the European Championship. Unlike the previous qualifiers, the preliminary round has been cancelled, and all participants start qualifying with a qualifying group tournament. The qualifying competition consists of two rounds:
Qualifying group tournament (will be held from August 2019 to September 2020) - 47 teams are divided into nine groups of five or six teams. Matches in groups are held in a round robin system. The nine group winners and the top three runners-up (excluding the result with the sixth team in their