UEFA have today announced that Netherlands has been chosen to host the 2017 Women’s European Championships.

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ned eurosNetherlands was chosen as the host nation at a UEFA executive committee meeting in Nyon today, with the tournament set to be played between July and August in 2017, featuring 16 nations.

A record number of 47 nations will enter the qualifying stage, which will begin next April, but Netherlands will gain a straight passage to the competition as hosts.

Breda, Deventer, Doetinchem, Enschede, Rotterdam, Tilburg and Utrecht have been picked as the host cities for the tournament. The final is scheduled to be played in Enschede at FC Twente’s Grolsche Veste Stadion.

KNVB director Bert van Oostveen stated on the official KNVB website, “It’s a wonderful prospect to see our team shine on home soil at a European Championship,”

“EURO 2017 underlines our ambition for women’s football. With the recent qualification for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the organisation of EURO 2017 in our own country, we have some great years ahead of us.”

“Women’s football in the Netherlands continues to grow and is becoming increasingly popular. The recent media attention for the wonderful performance of the Netherlands women’s team is a case in point. Having a European Championship at home will make even more girls and women enthusiastic about football. And the Under-19 players, who recently won the European title, will have an added incentive to give all they have to get included in Roger Reijners’ squad.”

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