Finland joins Nordic bid to host Women's Euro 2025

The Finnish Football Association will submit a bid to host the tournament jointly with Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Finland's Helmarit, or Pearl Owls, players celebrate a win over Slovakia in a World Cup qualifying game in September. Image: All Over Press

The Finnish Football Association will participate in a joint Nordic bid to host the UEFA Women's European Championship in 2025.

Finland will therefore join forces with the football associations of Denmark, Norway and Sweden to earn the right to host the tournament, with support also coming from football authorities in Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

"The European Championship finals bid, together with the other Nordic countries, is a key part of our goal to strengthen football as a sport for women and girls," the football association's Development Manager Heidi Pihlaja said in a press release.

"We share the same values and goals with the other Nordic countries, and this project is a natural demonstration of building sustainable growth and co-operation - and to set a trend for the whole of Europe."

Chair of the Danish Football Association Jesper Möller told Danish broadcaster DR and tabloid newspaper Ekstra Bladet at a press conference on Friday that his association has now abandoned its original plan to host the tournament independently.

Applications must be submitted to European football's governing body UEFA by August next year, with the successful bid expected to be announced in December 2022.

So far, only Poland has filed a confirmed bid to UEFA.

The Nordic region's football associations have previously discussed submitting a joint bid to host the Women's 2027 World Cup, but Möller said these plans are now on hold as the associations await more information on the application process.

Finland's national team, Helmarit (or Pearl Owls), have played in the European Championships on three previous occasions — in 2005, 2009 and 2013 — and will make a fourth appearance next summer when the tournament is held in England.