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Switzerland has officially launched its bid to host the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) European Women’s Football Championship in 2025.

‘inside the games’ stated that the country enters the race to host the next edition of the tournament alongside bids from France, Poland and a joint Nordic effort from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland.

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is one of six continental bodies of governance in association football. It governs football, futsal and beach soccer in Europe as well as Israel in Asia and the Eurasian transcontinental countries of Russia, Turkey, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, and Kazakhstan. UEFA consists of 55 national association members. Because of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, FIFA and UEFA suspended all Russian national representative teams and club teams from any FIFA and UEFA competitions.

The 2025 UEFA Women’s Championship will be the 14th edition of the UEFA Women’s Championship, the quadrennial international football championship organized by UEFA for the women’s national teams of Europe. It will be the third edition since it was expanded to 16 teams. The host is expected to be selected in January 2023. It is expected to return to its usual four-year cycle after the previous tournament was delayed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘inside the games’ further stated that nine Host Cities have been proposed, including the Olympic capital Lausanne.

Basel, Bern, Geneva, Zürich, St. Gallen, Sion, Lucerne, and Thun have also been chosen with an official application dossier due to be handed to UEFA on October 12th.

Remarked Dominique Blanc, President of the Swiss Football Association (SVF), “UEFA Women’s Euro is Europe’s largest women-specific sporting event. Hosting the event in Switzerland is a unique and huge opportunity for us to present the European women’s football elite and our country to the world. It is also a strong sign of more equal opportunities for all girls and women who want to be actively involved in football in our country, in Europe and around the world.”

The Swiss Football Association (SVF) is the governing body of football in Switzerland. It organizes the football league, the Swiss Football League and the Switzerland national football team. It is based in Bern. It was formed in 1895, was a founder-member of FIFA in 1904 and joined UEFA during its foundation year, 1954.

The SVF initially declared its interest in hosting in November, and then confirmed its intention in March when neighboring Liechtenstein (country in Europe) was suggested as part of the bid.

‘inside the games’ further stated that matches were proposed for the micro-State’s (Liechtenstein) capital Vaduz, but this idea has not been taken forward.

Ukraine also announced a bid in November but this has been curtailed by the Russian invasion of the country.

Maintained Marion Daube, the Swiss bid’s Project Manager, “We have good and already existing infrastructure such as stadiums, hotels, training grounds, airports, and transport systems. There are short distances and good connections between the country’s borders and Cities. And our country offers political and financial stability and security.”

Switzerland has never hosted the European Women’s Football Championship before.

It co-hosted the 2018 edition of the men’s tournament alongside Austria.

Noted Tatjana Haenni, Director of Women’s Football at the SVF, “With a successful candidacy alone, we are increasing the awareness and popularity of women’s football in Switzerland. And with the tailwind and support of the Swiss population, the chances of winning the contract are also increasing.”

England is the reigning champions of the Women’s Euro after winning on home soil in July.

The UEFA is due to name its 2025 host at an Executive Committee meeting to be held on January 25th.

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