Switzerland beat a joint bid from the Nordic countries, France and Poland to be awarded the 2025 UEFA Women's European Championships ©UEFA

Switzerland has been awarded the 2025 UEFA Women’s European Championships, beating a joint Nordic bid from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, Poland and France it was announced today. 

Switzerland earned six votes in the second ballot of the UEFA Executive Committee to defeat the Nordic bid, which had received four.

In the first round, France and Poland had been eliminated.

The 16-team tournament will take place in eight venues across Switzerland in the summer of 2025 under plans presented by the Swiss Football Association (SFV).

"This is a historic day for Switzerland, the SFV and women's football," said SFV President Dominique Blanc.

"This big step will shape the development of women's football at all levels. 

"I would like to thank everyone involved who made this project possible, especially those responsible at the Federal Government, the cantons and the host cities, who have supported us from the start."

Switzerland will be following the most successful Women's European Championships in history, which was staged in England last year.

The event, postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, smashed crowd records with an aggregate attendance of 574,875 spectators, including 87,192 for the final at Wembley Stadium when hosts England beat Germany 2-1 after extra time.

The attendance for the final set not only a record for a women's international in Europe, beating the 80,203 who watched the 2012 Olympic final, also at Wembley, it set a new mark for a women's or men's European Championships final tournament game, breaking a record that had stood since 1964. 

The tournament in Switzerland is due to take place over four weeks in June and July 2025 in Basel, Bern, Geneva, Zurich, St. Gallen, Sion, Lucerne and Thun. 

Together, the stadiums have a stadium capacity of over 750,000 spectators for all games in the tournament, with St Jakob-Park in Basel the biggest, with a capacity of 37,500.

The 2022 UEFA Women’s European Championships in England smashed attendance records, including the final at Wembley Stadium ©Getty Images
The 2022 UEFA Women’s European Championships in England smashed attendance records, including the final at Wembley Stadium ©Getty Images

It will be the first time that Switzerland will organise the tournament, which was launched in 1984. 

It previously jointly hosted the men’s version of the Championship in 2008, along with neighbouring Austria.

"The SFV has made the promotion of women's football an important part of its strategy for the future and is extremely pleased that we are supporting our strategy to hold a tournament with high visibility in our country," Marion Daube, director of women's football SFV and project manager of the candidacy, which was led by an all-women team, said.

"We are proud that our application was successful and we want to show that football is accessible to everyone. 

"Our tournament should be a four-week festival for the whole of Switzerland and, due to our location in the heart of Europe, also for the surrounding countries."

Daube has promised that sustainability will be at the heart of the event.

"We want to make sure that the environment is protected and that we implement all aspects of the tournament as sustainably as possible," she said. 

"This is one of the reasons why we fully rely on our existing infrastructure. 

"We will convince our guests with the best quality in all respects. 

"From the stadiums to the accommodation of the teams and fans. 

"We want to ensure the legacy of the tournament for many years to come."