The 2013 UEFA Women's Championship, commonly referred to as Women's Euro 2013, was the 11th European Championship for women's national football teams organised by UEFA. The final tournament, held in Sweden from 10 to 28 July 2013, became the most-watched in the history of the Women's Euros. It concluded with Germany, the defending champions, winning their sixth consecutive and eighth overall Women's Euro title after defeating Norway in the final.
Sweden were selected as hosts by UEFA's Executive Committee in 2010, meaning their team automatically qualified for the final tournament. The other eleven finalists were decided by a qualifying competition, featuring 44 teams, staged between March 2011 to October 2012. It was the last time the finals featured twelve teams, as from 2017 onwards they will be expanded to include sixteen teams.
|UEFA Women's Euro 2013|
|UEFA Dam-EM 2013|
|Venue(s)||7 (in 7 host cities)|
|Champions||Germany (8th title)|
|Goals scored||56 (2.24 per match)|
|Attendance||216,888 (8,676 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Lotta Schelin (5 goals)|
|Best player(s)||Nadine Angerer|
Sweden was awarded the hosting of the tournament on 4 October 2010 at a meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Minsk, Belarus. The only rival host bid came from the Netherlands. Several other European national associations, including Switzerland, Bulgaria and Poland, had shown interest in staging the tournament but did not submit final applications. Sweden had previously co-hosted the tournament in 1997.
A total of 44 teams entered the qualification process to compete for the eleven available places in the final tournament, alongside host nation Sweden, who qualified automatically. Six teams were firstly eliminated during an eight-team preliminary round staged in Macedonia and Malta on 3–8 March 2011.
On 14 March 2011 38 teams – the 36 top-ranked nations (according to their UEFA coefficient) and the two teams advancing from the preliminary round – were then drawn into seven qualifying groups at a draw in Nyon, Switzerland. Matches in these qualifying groups began in September 2011 and concluded a year later. The seven group winners automatically qualified for the final tournament along with the best-ranked runners-up. The remaining six runners-up entered into two-legged play-offs held in October 2012 to determine the final line-up. The following twelve teams participated in the final tournament:
at start of event
|Sweden||Hosts||4 October 2010||9th||2009||Champions (1984)||5|
|Italy||Group 1 winner||16 June 2012||10th||2009||Runners-up (1993, 1997)||12|
|Germany||Group 2 winner||16 June 2012||9th||2009||Champions (1989, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009)||2|
|Norway||Group 3 winner||19 September 2012||10th||2009||Champions (1987, 1993)||11|
|France||Group 4 winner||15 September 2012||5th||2009||Quarter-finals (2009)||6|
|Finland||Group 5 winner||15 September 2012||3rd||2009||Semi-finals (2005)||21|
|England||Group 6 winner||19 September 2012||7th||2009||Runners-up (1984, 2009)||7|
|Denmark||Group 7 winner||19 September 2012||8th||2009||Semi-finals (1984, 1991, 1993, 2001)||13|
|Netherlands||Best runner-up||19 September 2012||2nd||2009||Semi-finals (2009)||14|
|Spain||Play-off winner||24 October 2012||2nd||1997||Semi-finals (1997)||18|
|Russia||Play-off winner||25 October 2012||4th||2009||Group Stage (1997, 2001, 2009)||22|
|Iceland||Play-off winner||25 October 2012||2nd||2009||Group Stage (2009)||15|
The tournament was staged at seven venues in seven different towns with each group being staged at two different venues. At some venues, the capacity was reduced during the championship.
|Gamla Ullevi||Friends Arena||Nya Parken|
|Capacity: 16,600||Capacity: 50,000||Capacity: 10,500|
|3 group matches, 1 semi-final||Final||3 group matches, 1 semi-final|
|Linköping Arena||Guldfågeln Arena|
|Capacity: 7,300||Capacity: 10,900|
|3 group matches, 1 quarter-final||3 group matches, 1 quarter-final|
|Örjans Vall||Myresjöhus Arena|
|Capacity: 7,500||Capacity: 10,000|
|3 group matches, 1 quarter-final||3 group matches, 1 quarter-final|
The final draw for the tournament group stage took place on 9 November 2012 at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg. The ceremony was conducted by the UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino, with the teams drawn out by tournament ambassadors Patrik Andersson and Steffi Jones.
As hosts, Sweden were automatically placed in the top-seeded pot, though they would have been in any case owing to their UEFA coefficient ranking. The eleven qualifiers were placed into the three final draw pots according to their UEFA coefficient ranking. It was decreed in advance the groups into which the three top-seeded teams would be placed.
The twelve national teams involved in the tournament were required to register a squad of 23 players by 3 June 2013 at the latest. Only players in these squads were eligible to take part in the tournament.
The final match schedule for the tournament was confirmed on 6 December 2012. All twelve finalists began the tournament at the group stage, with those not eliminated then advancing to the knockout stage.
The group winners and runners-up would qualify for the knockout stage, along with the best two third-placed teams; the remaining four teams would be eliminated.
If two or more teams were equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria were applied:
|Team qualified for the knockout stage|
|10 July 2013|
|13 July 2013|
|16 July 2013|
|11 July 2013|
|14 July 2013|
|17 July 2013|
|12 July 2013|
|15 July 2013|
|18 July 2013|
The best two third-placed teams advanced to the knockout stage, with teams being ranked using points as the only criterion. UEFA introduced this principle to avoid teams entering their final matches and "playing on" the previous results, and also to negate the factor of the potentially different strengths of the groups by eliminating goal difference from the calculation. As both Denmark and Russia finished with two points, in accordance with the regulations, UEFA conducted a drawing of lots on 18 July following the completion of the group matches to determine which of these two teams would advance: Denmark was selected and so advanced.
|Group||Team||Pld||Pts||Drawing of lots|
The eight advancing teams entered the knockout stage to compete in a single-elimination style tournament. In the knockout stage (including the final), if a match was level at the end of 90 minutes, extra time of two periods (15 minutes each) was played. If the score was still level after extra time, the match was decided by a penalty shootout.
|21 July – Halmstad|
|24 July – Gothenburg|
|21 July – Växjö|
|28 July – Solna (details)|
|22 July – Kalmar|
|25 July – Norrköping|
|Norway (pen.)||1 (4)|
|22 July – Linköping|
|Denmark (pen.)||1 (4)|
All times are local (UTC+2)
|M. Hammarström 3'
Schelin 19', 59'
Paredes 43' (o.g.)
|Nécib 71' (pen.)||Report||Rasmussen 28'|
|2–4|| Røddik Hansen
|Christensen 3'||Report||Gajhede Knudsen 87'|
|4–2|| Røddik Hansen
| Nadine Angerer
Stina Lykke Petersen
| Saskia Bartusiak
Marit Fiane Christensen
| Lena Goeßling
Katrine Søndergaard Pedersen
| Verónica Boquete |
Eugénie Le Sommer
Célia Okoyino da Mbabi
|Golden Boot||Silver Boot||Bronze Boot|
| Lotta Schelin
| Nilla Fischer
| Louisa Nécib |
The official anthem of the tournament was "Winning Ground", composed by Stefan Örn and performed by Swedish pop star Eric Saade. The title of the song was also the slogan of the final tournament. The song was presented on 27 May 2013 at the Friends Arena in an event also featuring Tyresö players Lisa Dahlkvist of Sweden, Denmark's Line Røddik Hansen, Spain's Verónica Boquete and the Netherlands' Kirsten van de Ven.
Tickets for the finals were released on 14 February 2013, available to buy via UEFA's online sales portal or from the Ticnet agency in Sweden. The pricing structure was the same for all venues: SEK 200 (approximately €23.50[c]) for Category 1 matches, SEK 150 (≈€17.60) for Category 2 and SEK 100 (≈€11.75) for Category 3. Youth tickets, for those aged up to 16, cost SEK 50 (≈€5.85) for all categories. A so-named Follow Your Team Ticket which gave entrance to all three group matches of a selected team was also sold.
The tournament soon surpassed the previous ticket sales record of 129,000 set in 2009, which prompted the organisers to open up the entire 50,000 seats of the Friends Arena for the final, in contrast to the original plan to place only 30,000 tickets on sale. The final set a new attendance record for a Women's Euros fixture (41,301) and helped bring the total number of tickets sold for the tournaments to 216,888. In addition to attending the matches, the tournament became the first Women's Euros event to feature fan zones where fans could gather together to view matches on big screens.
Guldfågeln Arena is a football stadium in Kalmar, Sweden and the home of Allsvenskan club Kalmar FF. The stadium is located in the area known as Hansa City, in the North West of Kalmar. The arena opened to the public on March 15, 2011.Kalmar FF's first competitive match at the stadium was played on 11 April 2011 against Djurgårdens IF.
Guldfågeln Arena is also one of the arenas used for the UEFA Women's Euro 2013, as Kalmar Arena, with three matches in the preliminaries as well as one quarter final.Linköping Arena
The Linköping Arena is an association football stadium in Linköping, Sweden. Opened in 2013, the stadium has a capacity of 8500 and hosted four games at the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 tournament. Following the tournament, the stadium became home to Linköpings FC women's association football team. The name was discussed for a while and the project name was Arena Linköping before at the inauguration it was announced as Linköping Arena.Myresjöhus Arena
Myresjöhus Arena is a football stadium in Växjö, Sweden and the home of Superettan club Östers IF. The stadium is a part of a large redevelopment of the area formerly known as Värendsvallen into Arenastaden, which also includes a new ice hockey arena, floorball arena and a dedicated indoor athletics arena.Nya Parken
Nya Parken, formerly known as Norrköpings Idrottspark, also known as Östgötaporten for sponsorship reasons, is a multi-purpose stadium in Norrköping, Sweden. It opened in 1903 and is currently used mostly for football matches. It is the home arena for IFK Norrköping, IK Sleipner and for IF Sylvia. The stadium had a capacity of 19,414 people until 2008–09 when the arena was re-built. During the 1958 FIFA World Cup, it hosted some group stage matches. During the Euro 1992, it hosted CIS – Germany (1–1), Scotland – Germany (0–2) and Scotland – CIS (3–0), all in Group B.
In 2008–2009 the arena was rebuilt. The arena now uses Artificial grass and the capacity has decreased from 19,414 to 17,234 spectators. The new arena hosts 16 VIP booths, VIP seating for 515 spectators, three bars, two restaurants and small indoor training arena called "Teknikhallen". IFK Norrköping took over the ownership of the arena in 2010 from the city council of Norrköping in a 308.5 million SEK purchase. From its opening in 1904 until its renovation in 2009, the arena had been known as Norrköpings Idrottspark, but after the renovation the name was changed to Nya Parken.
In 2016, the arena changed name for the third time in its history. This time to Östgötaporten, after the naming rights was sold to a real estate company.UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Final
The UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Final was an association football match on 28 July 2013 at the Friends Arena in Solna, Sweden, to determine the winner of UEFA Women's Euro 2013. The match was won by the defending champions Germany, who earned their sixth consecutive European title – and eighth in total – with a 1–0 win over Norway.
The match took place in front of a record crowd for a Women's European Championship fixture as 41,301 spectators saw Anja Mittag score the only goal of the game in the 49th minute. Norway were awarded two penalties during the match but both were saved by German goalkeeper Nadine Angerer.UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Group A
Group A of the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 consisted of Denmark, Finland, Italy and the host nation Sweden. Matches were staged in Gothenburg and Halmstad from 10–16 July 2013.
Sweden won the group and advanced to the knockout stage along with group runners-up Italy. Denmark progressed as one of the best third-placed teams, but only after a drawing of lots. Finland finished bottom of the group and so were also eliminated from the tournament.UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Group B
Group B of the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 consisted of Germany, the reigning champions, Iceland, Netherlands and Norway. Matches were staged in Kalmar and Växjö from 11–17 July 2013.
Norway won the group and advanced to the knockout stage along with group runners-up Germany. Iceland progressed as one of the best third-placed teams while the Netherlands failed to advance.UEFA Women's Euro 2013 Group C
Group C of the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 consisted of England, France, Russia and Spain. Matches were staged in Linköping and Norrköping from 12–18 July 2013.
France won the group and advanced to the knockout stage along with group runners-up Spain. Russia finished in third place with an equal number of points as Group A's Denmark, but the Russian team was eliminated in a drawing of lots to determine which of the two teams would advance as one of the best third-placed teams. England finished bottom of the group and so was also eliminated from the tournament.UEFA Women's Euro 2013 knockout stage
The knockout stage of the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 was a single-elimination style tournament contested by the eight teams advancing from the group stage of the competition. It began on 21 July 2013 with the quarter-final round, and concluded on 28 July 2013 with the final at the Friends Arena, Solna, to determine the champions.
In the knockout stage (including the final), if a match was level at the end of 90 minutes, extra time of two periods (15 minutes each) was played. If the score was still level after extra time, the match was decided by a penalty shootout.UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying
The Qualifying rounds for the UEFA Women's Euro 2013 determined which 11 teams joined Sweden, the hosts of the 2013 tournament, to play for the UEFA Women's Championship.UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 1
The UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 1 was contested by six teams competing for one spot for the final tournament.UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 2
The UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 2 was contested by six teams competing for one spot for the final tournament.
Spain's María Paz set a new competition record when she scored seven goals against Kazakhstan.UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 3
The UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 3 was contested by six teams competing for one spot for the final tournament.UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 4
The UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 4 was contested by five teams competing for one spot for the final tournament.UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 5
The UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 5 was contested by five teams competing for one spot for the final tournament.UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 6
The UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 6 was contested by five teams competing for one spot for the final tournament.UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 7
The UEFA Women's Euro 2013 qualifying – Group 7 was contested by five teams competing for one spot for the final tournament.UEFA Women's Euro 2013 squads
The following is a list of squads for each nation competing at UEFA Women's Euro 2013, an international football tournament held in Sweden from 10 July until 28 July 2013. The 12 national teams involved in the tournament were required to register a squad of 23 players; only players in these squads were eligible to take part in the tournament.
Before announcing their final squad for the tournament, teams were required to name a preliminary squad of 40 players by 10 June 2013, 30 days before the start of the tournament. The preliminary squad would then have to be cut to a final 23, three of which had to be goalkeepers, by 30 June 2013 (midnight CET). Replacement of seriously injured players is permitted until immediately before the team in question's first game, though replacement players must be drawn from the preliminary squad of 40.The squads were published on 3 July 2013, with Russia being the only national squad made up entirely of players from home-based clubs, while Iceland named the most foreign-based players with 13.
Players marked (c) were named as captain for their national squad.
Number of caps, players' club teams and players' age as of 10 July 2013: the tournament's opening day.Örjans Vall
Örjans Vall is a football stadium in Halmstad, Sweden, built in 1922.
UEFA Women's Euro 2013
UEFA Women's Euro 2013 stadiums
UEFA Women's Euro 2013 finalists
|Eliminated in the semi-finals|
|Eliminated in the quarter-finals|
|Eliminated in the group stage|