Ahead of the Women’s Euro 2022 draw, GiveMeSport Women outlines everything you need to know about the event.
The draw will decide the groups for the 16-teams contesting the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 group stages.
The finals will be held from July 6th to 31st next summer.
When does the draw take place?
The draw will take place in Greater Manchester on Thursday October 28th at 6pm CET/5pm BST.
In the words of UEFA: “Special Guests from the worlds of sport and music will come together to celebrate the pinnacle of the European’s women’s game and enjoy live music performances.”
What’s not to like!
How does the Euro 2022 draw work?
As hosts, England have been placed in position one of Group A. This means they will play in the tournament’s opening match.
The 15 other teams have been ordered based on their national team coefficient rankings, which are derived from performances in past international tournaments as well as UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 qualifying.
Ahead of the draw, the 15 remaining teams are put into four seeding pots with each group containing one side from each seeded section.
Finally, the teams are drawn a position in the group to confirm what order they will play their fixtures.
After all that, the fixture list for next summer will be complete.
Who is playing at Euro 2022?
As hosts, England received a bye to the finals, which will be Sarina Wiegman’s first tournament in charge of the Lionesses.
Northern Ireland, who lost to England 4-0 at Wembley last week, are the other home nation in action next summer.
Elsewhere, Sweden (2) and Germany (3) are the world’s highest ranked teams involved in the European Championships.
The full 16 teams are: Austria, Belgium, England (hosts), Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands (holders), Northern Ireland, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
Where can you watch the draw?
The draw will be streamed on UEFA’s website from 6pm CET on Thursday October 28th.
Where is Euro 2022 being held?
England will host UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 next summer.
The tournament will be held at venues across the country including: Brighton and Hove Community Stadium, Brentford Community Stadium, St Marys Stadium, Bramall Lane and Manchester City Academy.
The tournament opener will be played at Old Trafford on July 6th, whilst the final will be played at Wembley Stadium on July 31.
Could England win the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022?
In her GiveMeSportWomen Column, Lucy Bronze admitted England believe they can win the Euros next summer.
“Under Sarina, the Netherlands won the Euros and reached a World Cup final. That’s the success we want with England. We’ve got high hopes,” Bronze said.
Make no mistake, England would have to beat some very established sides including Sweden, Germany and, of course, defending champions the Netherlands – all of whom are likely to reach the knockout stages.
Yet, England have shown immense improvement under Sarina Wiegman already and could certainly find their way to the tournament’s latter stages.
From there, well, anything could happen.
What about Northern Ireland’s chances at UEFA Women’s Euro 2022?
The other home nation, Northern Ireland, are the lowest ranked side in the tournament’s draw.
Despite this, they frustrated England in a goalless first-half at Wembley last week. If it wasn’t for Beth Mead, they may have left Wembley with a point or more.
With the return of a few star players, they will hope to spring a surprise or two next summer.
Getting out of the group-stages would be some achievement, however.