Quarter-final added to matches to be played at Leigh Sports Village in UEFA Women's Euro 2021

Wigan Council leader David Molyneux, England players Mary Earps and Abbie McManus and head of tournament delivery Chis Bryant at Leigh Sports Village when it was announced as a competition venue last summer
Wigan Council leader David Molyneux, England players Mary Earps and Abbie McManus and head of tournament delivery Chis Bryant at Leigh Sports Village when it was announced as a competition venue last summer

Leigh Sports Village will host one of the quarter-final matches in the UEFA Women's Euro 2021 football tournament, as well as the three group games already announced.

Today marks a major milestone with just 500 days to go until the competition kicks off in England.

To start the official countdown, Wigan Council is organising a #500kickup challenge with the help of Making Herstory Girls Group and Wigan Athletic Community Trust.

They are asking people to send in their entries using the hashtag to win football merchandise as they build anticipation to the event.

Wigan Athletic also joined in the celebration by awarding 500 free tickets to local sport clubs for yesterday’s home game at the DW Stadium.

Next year is set to be a huge sporting year for the borough with Leigh Sports Village also a destination for the Rugby League World Cup.

Leader of Wigan Council, Coun David Molyneux, said: “Next summer is set to be another showpiece of women’s football at the highest level and we are incredibly proud that Leigh Sports Village will be playing its part as a host venue in UEFA Women’s Euro 2021.

“With the competition set to be the largest ever women’s Euro to date, it’s fantastic news that the borough has been awarded an extra knock-out fixture.

"Having two huge sporting tournaments come to the borough in the space of just a few months next year shows how much of an attractive proposition Wigan and Leigh is for organisers so it will be a thrill to welcome fans from across Europe."

News of the extra fixture comes on the day the FA releases the full match schedule, which includes confirmation that Leigh Sports Village will welcome some of the world’s best female footballers by hosting four matches, including a quarter-final on July 23, 2021.

It is one of 10 grounds which will stage UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 matches next summer.

As tournament hosts, Phil Neville’s Lionesses qualify automatically and after beginning their campaign at Old Trafford, will complete their group stage fixtures in front of home crowds at a further two Premier League venues – Brighton and Hove’s Community Stadium and St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton.

The 13th instalment of the championships promises to be a record-breaking edition of the European tournament, with more than 700,000 tickets available to fans and extensive coverage of every game of the tournament available on free-to-air television, radio and online.

Wembley Stadium – with a capacity of 90,000 – will host the showpiece final on August 1, 2021, meaning the venue is hosting back-to-back men’s and women’s European championship finals in 2020 and 2021.

Fans can register for tickets, as well as tournament news, competitions and volunteering opportunities, by visiting TheFA.com/WEURO20