St Mirren Park will host five matches from UEFA Women’s Under-19 European Championship this month – including the final.
The tournament kicks-off on Tuesday 16th July with matches taking place at St Mirren Park in Paisley, Glasgow’s Firhill Stadium, Forthbank Stadium in Stirling and Perth’s McDiarmid Park.
This will be the first UEFA finals competition to be held in Scotland since 1970.
The Scotland squad was named yesterday by Head Coach Pauline Hamill.
A 20-strong squad will take on Europe’s best nations later this month, with many of the girls playing for SWPL clubs. Hibs and Glasgow City both have three players in the squad – more
than any other team.
One of the successful players to make it into the squad is Hibs midfielder Amy Muir from neighbouring Gourock. Amy, the Scotland captain, has been a regular in the squad and can’t for the tournament to start.
Amy, said: “It’s brilliant. I’ve never played in the Finals before so it’s obviously extra special. It’s a really big event so it means a lot.”
Scotland start their campaign against five-time champions France, with remaining Group A matches against Norway and the Netherlands to follow. A top-two finish in the group would secure a semi-final place for Hamill’s side, along with a spot at next year’s FIFA Women’s Under-20 World Cup.
Pauline Hamill, Scotland Women’s Under-19s head coach said: “We are all really looking forward to the Euros starting in just two weeks’ time.”
“Preparations have gone well and we’ve got a young group of players desperate to do well on the big stage. “We’re in a tough group but it’s a challenge I know the players will relish.”
“Women’s football is thriving in Scotland and we want to be a part of that buzz this summer”
“The players can’t wait to play in front of a loud home crowd and hopefully the country gets behind us, like they did for the ‘A’ squad’s World Cup debut in France.
“Over the course of July we want to continue to help inspire the next generation and also provide a platform for these young players to take the next step in their careers and continue
Staged across four host venues between 16th – 28th July 2019, the tournament will see the future heroes of women’s football compete to be crowned champions of Europe – with
tickets starting from just £2 for adults and £1 for kids.
Seven other European nations – Belgium, England, France, Germany, Netherlands Norway, and reigning champions Spain – join Scotland with hosting matches.
Scotland start their campaign against France on Tuesday, 16th July, before taking on Norway on Friday, 19th July and Netherlands (Monday, 22nd July) to complete Group A. The winner and
runner-up from each group will progress to the Semi Finals, with the final at St Mirren Park on Sunday, 28th July.
The tournament offers the perfect opportunity for families and those looking to experience live football for the first time, to enjoy high quality action at family-friendly prices. Group stage matches are priced at £2 for adults and £1 for concessions with the Semi-finals and Final priced at £5 & £2 respectively.
Scotland’s matches will also see the inclusion of a family fanzone, with inflatables, face painting and giveaways to keep all the family entertained pre-match.
Tickets are available now via www.scottishfa.co.uk/wu19euro.
Main photo shows Scotland captain Amy Muir Photo Credit: Amy Muir/Twitter