Everything you need to know about the Lionesses’ schedule across this year, including detail on Women’s World Cup qualifying and potential friendlies
England’s women’s national team will continue preparation throughout 2021 for a huge summer next year, when they host the 2022 UEFA Women’s European Championship.
It promises to be a big year for the team, who parted ways with head coach Phil Neville in January. Former World Cup winner Hege Riise will take interim charge of the team for their February camp before Sarina Wiegman, currently in charge of the Netherlands, takes over the role after this summer’s Olympic Games.
England themselves will not compete at the Games, though a number of their players will head out to Tokyo as part of the Team GB squad that will be aiming for a gold medal.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Lionesses haven’t played a game since March 2020, when they competed in the SheBelieves Cup, a tournament held annually by the United States women’s national team.
No fixtures were scheduled for the April international break that followed, but the impact of coronavirus meant the team would not meet up again until September, for a training camp.
Games against Germany and Norway were due to take place in October and December respectively, to close out the year, but were both postponed. A positive Covid-19 test among England’s backroom staff caused the trip to Germany to be called off, while the Norwegian FA chose not to travel for the latter fixture.
England are expected to return to action in February, with the first international window set for February 15-24.
The Lionesses have occupied those FIFA dates with the SheBelieves Cup for the last five years, since it was established back in 2016.
However, the FA announced in July of last year that the team would not travel to the USA for the tournament in 2021. In November, Neville revealed that England had other plans for February, but those have since been cancelled due to the coronavirus, with the Danish FA confirming that they were due to fly over for a friendly competition.
There are further international windows in April (5-13) and June (7-15) before the Olympic Games begin in July, after which Wiegman will take charge.
The England players will be welcomed into camp by the Dutch coach for the first time in September, with further FIFA dates for internationals following in October and November.
Qualifying for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, to be hosted by Australia and New Zealand, should also commence this year.
However, there is still no official date for when the draw will be made for the UEFA qualifying groups, nor has the FA yet confirmed any friendlies for England in 2021.
When are the England Women’s fixtures in 2021? Date Match Tournament Venue Feb 15 – 24 TBC TBC TBC Apr 5 – 13 TBC TBC TBC Jun 7 – 15 TBC TBC TBC Sep 13 – 25 TBC TBC TBC Oct 18 – 26 TBC TBC TBC Nov 22 – Dec 1 TBC TBC TBC
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