Brighton & Hove City Council has joined Brighton & Hove Albion F.C. and the Sussex County Football Association to support The FA’s bid to be a host city for the UEFA European Women’s Championship in 2021.
Today (August 29th) The FA submitted a bid to the European Football Association (UEFA) to host the football tournament in this country. If successful Brighton’s American Express Community Stadium would be one of nine match venues.
Albion chief executive Paul Barber said: “We are absolutely delighted to be chosen by The FA as one of their nine host cities for the bid. Myself, the chairman and board of directors, remain committed to increasing the profile of women’s football.
“We will work very closely with the Sussex County FA and Brighton & Hove City Council in supporting The FA to help bring such a prestigious tournament to this country.”
Being a host city would massively raise the profile of women’s football locally and nationally. Support and interest in the sport is growing – currently around 1.7 million women and girls play football every year and it is now the top participation sport for women and girls in England. 900,000 girls between five and 15 play the sport which also has 150 affiliated disability teams.