01 Jul
Get set for a Festival of Football

UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 unveils Fan Festival schedule taking place in Sheffield and each Host City.

  • UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 has announced Fan Festivals will be popping up across England as the tournament kicks off on 6 July
  • All 9 host cities will have a Fan Festival offering free entertainment throughout July
  • At the heart of the festival will be the Fan Parties which will include neutral zones where fans of all nations can gather together 
  • Tickets for matches are still available at uefa.com/womenseuro/ticketing

Matchdays won’t be the only chance for fans to experience the atmosphere, throughout July the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 events programme will host a range of arts, heritage and music activities all inspired by the record-breaking tournament. 

Councillor Martin Smith, Chair of the Economic Development and Skills Policy Committee at Sheffield City Council, said:

“This is such an exciting time for Sheffield and the whole nation. Whether you’re a football fan or not, this summer is a chance for everyone to get involved and see first-hand the phenomenal impact of hosting an international tournament of this scale. 

“Football runs through the veins of this city, and this is our chance to share that with the world. The Fan Festival will unite people to celebrate together, and I know that our local people will embrace this experience and give visiting fans a very warm Sheffield welcome.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that we’re really proud to be a part of and we can’t wait for kick off.”

As Sheffield plays host to four tournament fixtures - three group matches and a semi-final - between 9-26 July, the city will be celebrating across the whole month. Sheffield’s Fan Parties will take place at Devonshire Green on Saturday 9 July, Wednesday 13 July, Sunday 17 July and Tuesday 26 July. Sheffield will host the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland teams during the competition, with Home and Away fans able to enjoy:

  • Live music and entertainment 
  • Food and drinks originating from host nations
  • Official UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 partner activities including Starling Bank football-themed activities and face painting

As well as match day Fan Parties, activities will take place throughout July as part of the associated cultural and heritage programme. Visiting fans and local people can fully immerse themselves in the festival experience with:

  • football heritage exhibitions
  • pop up performances from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
  • theatrical performances with Together in the Square
  • arts displays and activities, storytelling and more.

Event listings are available at https://www.uefa.com/womenseuro/event-guide/sheffield/

Sheffield BID is providing funding to support the Fan Parties taking place in Sheffield.

Diane Jarvis, Head of Business Operations at Sheffield BID, said:

“We’re pleased to be able to support Sheffield’s host city status with funding to deliver a city centre Fan Party on each of the four matchdays. This will create a great party atmosphere in the build up to each match and bring more people, both local and new visitors, to Sheffield city centre.

“The Fan Party events are sure to be a big attraction and we are delighted to be playing our part in helping to create such a vibrant and colourful experience. Of course, we also have our fingers crossed that the Lionesses will progress through to the Semi Finals for what would be a truly great occasion for the city!

“Sheffield BID is committed to supporting diverse activities which drive economic growth and support the  vibrancy of our city through collaboration, helping to drive visitor participation, dwell time and spend into our retail, hospitality and leisure sectors to the benefit of all.”

UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 Tournament Director, Chris Bryant said:

“Showtime is almost upon us. UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 will be a landmark, ground-breaking tournament in so many ways and not just for the fantastic football on the pitch. 

“All of our host cities are planning events before, during and after games. Whether you are a diehard football fan or just looking to enjoy your first tournament, we want everyone to share in the momentum of this event. There will be concerts, exhibitions, fan parties, workshops and much more.

”Nine host cities will play host to 31 games as well as an action-packed line-up of entertainment for fans to enjoy."

More information about the Fan Parties and the full Fan Festival programme for each city is now available on the official Event Companion on the UEFA Women’s EURO mobile app at https://womenseuro.page.link/2sZD

Photography: copyright Sheffield City Council

Girls at a footfall training session as part of the Women's EURO 2022 legacy programme