Women's EURO schedule in Sweden set

UEFA Women's EURO 2013 will begin with Italy facing Finland in Halmstad at 18.00CET on 10 July followed later that evening by hosts Sweden facing Denmark in Gothenburg.

Holders Germany will face traditional rivals Norway for the third group stage running after the draw for UEFA Women's EURO 2013, which will kick off with hosts Sweden against Denmark.

UEFA Women's EURO 2013 will begin with Italy facing Finland in Halmstad at 18.00CET on 10 July followed later that evening by hosts Sweden facing Denmark at Gothenburg's Gamla Ullevi after the schedule and kick-off times were confirmed.

The following day holders Germany open their title defence against the Netherlands in Vaxjo after Norway take on Iceland in the other Group B venue, Kalmar. On 12 July Group C begins, France up against Russia at Norrkoping and England playing Spain in Linkoping.

The three sections will then continue to play on consecutive days until the group stage ends on 18 July. Among other matches to look out for are on the last two days of the round: Germany and Norway playing for the third group stage running and France up against England, two teams who have had many tight matches recently.

The top two from each group plus the two best third-placed teams will progress to the quarter-finals, the first two in Halmstad and Vaxjo on 21 July, and the others in Kalmar and Linkoping the following day. The semi-finals will take place at 20.30CET on 24 July in Gothenburg and the following day in Norrkoping.

The final is at 16.00CET on Sunday 28 July at the new Friends Arena in Solna near Stockholm. Visiting the stadium prior to the draw, UEFA President Michel Platini, said: "I was delighted to be invited to visit the fantastic new stadium in Solna. The state-of-the-art Friends Arena is a great investment in Swedish football. The decision by the Swedish Football Association to host the UEFA Women's EURO final at this stadium shows the commitment it has to the tournament."

UEFA Women's EURO 2013 schedule
Date Group/Stage Match Venue Kick-off
Wed 10 July A SWE v DEN Gothenburg 20.30
Wed 10 July A ITA v FIN Halmstad 18.00
Thu 11 July B GER v NED Vaxjo 20.30
Thu 11 July B NOR v ISL Kalmar 18.00
Fri 12 July C FRA v RUS Norrkoping 18.00
Fri 12 July C ENG v ESP Linkoping 20.30
Sat 13 July A FIN v SWE Gothenburg 20.30
Sat 13 July A ITA v DEN Halmstad 18.00
Sun 14 July B ISL v GER Vaxjo 20.30
Sun 14 July B NOR v NED Kalmar 18.00
Mon 15 July C ESP v FRA Norrkoping 20.30
Mon 15 July C ENG v RUS Linkoping 18.00
Tue 16 July A DEN v FIN Gothenburg 20.30
Tue 16 July A SWE v ITA Halmstad 20.30
Wed 17 July B NED v ISL Vaxjo 18.00
Wed 17 July B GER v NOR Kalmar 18.00
Thu 18 July C RUS v ESP Norrkoping 20.30
Thu 18 July C FRA v ENG Linkoping 20.30
Sun 21 July Quarter-final 1 1A v 3B/C Halmstad 15.00
Sun 21 July Quarter-final 4 2A v 2B Vaxjo 18.00
Mon 22 July Quarter-final 2 1B v 2C Kalmar 18.00
Mon 22 July Quarter-final 3 1C v 3A/B Linkoping 20.45
Wed 24 July Semi-final 1 QF1 v QF4 Gothenburg 20.30
Thu 25 July Semi-final 2 QF2 v QF3 Norrkoping 20.30
Sun 28 July Final SF1 v SF2 Solna 16.00

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