The Nordic football federations announced last Wednesday that they had made a combined application to host the women’s European Championship in 2025.
Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland’s bid emphasised their desire to “inspire truly equitable chances for women’s football across Europe,” according to a statement from the organisations.
“All Nordic football associations agree about the importance of organising major championships in our countries, and together we have great ambitions for the development of women’s football,” Karl-Erik Nilsson, president of the Swedish Football Association, said.
The games would be staged in the Nordic capitals of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo, and Helsinki, as well as one additional city from each country: Odense in Denmark, Gothenburg in Sweden, Trondheim in Norway, and Tampere in Finland, according to the Nordic plan.
The four countries launched a “preliminary bid” in April, but according to the release, the official bid was submitted on Wednesday.
The last event, which was moved from 2021 to the summer of 2022 owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, was hosted and won by England.
Aside from France, which has been a candidate since February, Poland, Switzerland, and Ukraine have showed interest.
Iceland has also backed the Nordic candidacy, but the country will not host any games during the tournament.
The women’s World Cup is scheduled for 2023 in Australia and New Zealand.
‘Qatar 2022 will showcase Arab’s passion for football’
When the FIFA World Cup comes to the Middle East and Arab world for the first time, Qatar will organise a massive celebration of the beautiful game.
Fans from all over the world will come in the country in less than a month, with many seeing the region and its hospitable culture for the first time.
Footballer Nadia Nadim is looking forward to the competition, which will take place in eight state-of-the-art venues.
The 34-year-old has had an amazing career in the women’s game and believes Qatar 2022 is a huge opportunity for the Arab world to promote itself to billions of followers around the world.
“Football belongs to everyone,” said Nadim.
“I’m very excited to see how the region is going to represent football, but also experience it, at the highest level. Having this big tournament, where the entire world is convening in one place for a month, where religion, culture and races meet and celebrate through football, that’s the essence of the sport. I’m excited for the world to experience the Middle East and the positives of it.”