Switzerland will be treated to its own celebration of European national team football, as the final round of the 2011-12 UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship kicks off at the Colovray stadium in Nyon, Canton de Vaud, on Tuesday 26 June.
UEFA will host the annual final round of the UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship opposite its headquarters at the Centre of Football Excellence at Colovray. This is the first season the host country, Switzerland, has qualified. The other finalist teams are France, two-time winners Germany and Denmark, who last qualified for the final round in 2008.
The family friendly event will offer visitors an entertaining couple of days with additional activities, such as ambassador autograph signings, technical sessions organised by UEFA in cooperation with the cantonal football associations in Geneva (ACGF) and in Vaud (ACVF), an adidas XXL Human Football Table Tool and a live DJ from Rouge FM who, as official sponsors of the final tournament, will be playing music and broadcasting live from the stadium. Entrance is free of charge.
The first match sees Switzerland take on France in the 11.00CET semi-final kick-off, followed by Denmark – Germany at 15.00CET. On Friday 29 June, the third-place match will be played on at 11.00CET, and the final kicks off at 14.30CET. Both matches on Friday will be live on Eurosport.
The ambassador of this season’s final tournament is Switzerland international Ramona Bachmann. She plays for FC Malmö and has featured in two of the UEFA Women’s Cup final for Umeå IK. She represented her country in the 2009 UEFA European Women’s Under-19 final round and took her team to semi-final success. Ramona will be present at Colovray stadium on Friday and will sign autographs for fans at 14.00.
Pascal Zuberbühler, former Swiss national team goalkeeper who played for clubs such as Grasshopper-Club, FC Basel 1893 and Fulham FC, will also be present at the tournament on Tuesday 26 June. He will be signing autographs from 14.30 at the Colovray stadium, before the Denmark -Germany match kicks off at 15.00.
UEFA has invited school children from the region to watch the matches and is also offering them top class football technical sessions on both match days. The lucky pupils visiting UEFA on Tuesday are from three Geneva schools, Adrien-Jeandin, Ecole du Seujet and Ferdinand-Hodler. On Friday, the day of the final, pupils from the Canton of Vaud and school children from Bussigny, Coppet, Chavannes de Bogis, Genolier, Morges, Nyon, Pailly and Villeneuve will get their turn (see full list of schools below).
Marie-Andrea Egli and Rahel Graf (both SC Kriens) and Martina Moser (VfL Wolfsburg) will be at the sessions on Tuesday, with Pascal Zuberbühler providing some goal-keeping tips. Ramona Bachmann will assist with the technical sessions on Friday. The school classes will also have a guided tour of the UEFA headquarters with a presentation, quizzes and a chance to have their photo taken with prestigious UEFA competition cups, such as the UEFA Champions League trophy.
Karen Espelund, member by invitation to the UEFA Executive Committee and chairwoman of the UEFA Women’s Football Committee will present the trophy to the winning team at the UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship final ceremony on Friday 29 June. She will be assisted by tournament ambassador Ramona Bachmann.
The UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship is also a qualifier for the FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup, to be played in September in Azerbaijan. The third-place match will be shown live on Eurosport 2 and the final will be live on Eurosport 1.
UEFA will be hosting a pre-tournament press conference at its headquarters on Monday 25 June at 12.00 at which the coaches of the finalist teams will be present. Media representatives wishing to attend the matches and/or the pre-tournament press conference at the UEFA HQ are requested to register their interest by emailing email@example.com, indicating “WOMEN’S UNDER-17” in the subject header. One-to-one interviews with players, coaches and UEFA representatives can also be requested.
Programme of activities at Colovray: (all times are local and CET)
Tuesday 26 June
09.30 - 10.45: Technical skills sessions with Marie-Andrea Egli, Rahel Graf, Martina Moser and Pascal Zuberbühler
11.00: WU17 European Championship, semi-final 1: Switzerland – France
13.15 and 14.00: Geneva school children visit UEFA HQ
13.30 - 14.45: Technical skills sessions with Marie-Andrea Egli, Rahel Graf, Martina Moser and Pascal Zuberbühler
14.30: Autograph session with Pascal Zuberbühler, Marie-Andrea Egli,Rahel Graf and Martina Moser
15.00: WU17 European Championship, semi-final 2: Denmark – Germany
Friday 29 June
09.30 - 10.45: Technical skills sessions with UEFA staff and Ramona Bachmann
11.00: WU17 European Championship, third- place play-off (TV), followed by trophy ceremony
12.45 and 13.30: Vaud school children visit UEFA HQ
13.00 - 14.15: Technical skills sessions with UEFA staff and Ramona Bachmann
14.00: Autograph session with tournament ambassador Ramona Bachmann
14.30: WU17 European Championship final (TV), followed by trophy ceremony
List of schools from the Canton of Vaud:
• Morges, Collège de Chanel
• Pailly, Bercher
• Nyon, Ressources Rocher
• Nyon, Ressources
• Chavannes de Bogis
• Villeneuve, Collège Tour Rouge
• Primaire Coppet
• Nyon, La Redoute
For more information about the tournament, please visit the women’s football section and the WU17 site on UEFA.com.
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