The Philips Stadium in Eindhoven will be the venue for the 2023 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final (UWCLF). The UEFA Executive Committee made the announcement today, Monday 2 March. The Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo and the Allianz Stadium in Turin had also put in a bid to host the 2023 final.
It will be the first time that the UEFA Women's Champions League Final is played in the Netherlands. The Philips Stadium was twice the venue for the men’s European final. In 1978, the winner, PSV Eindhoven, played one of its UEFA Cup final matches against Bastia in the stadium. In 2006, the Philips Stadium was the stage for the UEFA Cup final between Middlesbrough of England and Sevilla of Spain.
"It is fantastic news that UEFA has awarded the 2023 Women’s Champions League Final to Eindhoven," says KNVB Secretary-General Gijs de Jong. “The successes of the Orange Lionesses at UEFA Women's Euro 2017 and the 2019 World Cup have shown that women's football has really taken off in the Netherlands. Organising this event fits in seamlessly with this development.”
De Jong: “It is important now to move forward and take some steps in Dutch club football, so that, for example, the Women's Eredivisie can grow towards the level of Europe’s major women's competitions. Organising a key sports event such as the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final certainly contributes to this. This shows girls what is possible and it can inspire new generations of girls.”
The municipality of Eindhoven is equally pleased with the allocation of the European final to the city. "Yes, Eindhoven can look forward to this event," says Stijn Steenbakkers, alderman for economy, Brainport, innovation, education and sport. “What a beautiful football party this will be for everyone who loves the game. And what a boost will it give to all the girls and women of our city who play football! Can't wipe that smile off my face...! ”
Officials at PSV Eindhoven also expressed their delight at the news. "All of us always aim for the highest, in all respects," says the club’s General Manager, Toon Gerbrands. “Hosting the UEFA Women's Champions League Final is an honour for all parties involved. UEFA knows our stadium and the city inside out. They know that we can organise top-flight matches flawlessly. We see this allocation as a huge compliment and together we will do everything to turn the event into an unforgettable football party.”
The bid to host the UEFA Women's Champions League Final in Eindhoven was the result of a collaboration between the municipality of Eindhoven, PSV Eindhoven, BrabantSport and the KNVB. In total, five stadiums put in a bid for the 2022 or the 2023 UEFA Women's Champions League Final. UEFA designated the Allianz Stadium in Turin as the venue for the 2022 final. Eindhoven and the Philips Stadium had only applied for 2023.