England’s preparations for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup will include four home internationals across the country and football fans across Sussex will have a unique opportunity to see the Lionesses in action at the American Express Community Stadium.
The ‘Road to France Series’ will be played at four different venues, giving plenty of fans the chance to see the Lionesses up close before the big send-off at the American Express Community Stadium – home of Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion – on Saturday 1 June.
The Road to France Series comprises:
• Friday 5 April (kick-off 7pm): England v Canada – Academy Stadium, Manchester City FC
• Tuesday 9 April (kick-off 7pm): England v Spain – The Energy Check County Ground, Swindon Town FC
• Saturday 25 May (kick-off 3pm): England v Denmark – Banks’s Stadium, Walsall FC
• Saturday 1 June (kick-off 1pm): England v New Zealand – American Express Community Stadium, Brighton & Hove Albion FC.
Both of April’s opponents are also preparing for the World Cup finals. Ranked fifth in the world, Canada will provide a stern test in Manchester on Friday 5 April, before an emerging Spain side head to Swindon four days later.
UEFA EURO 2017 runners-up Denmark travel to Walsall on Saturday 25 May, while New Zealand – another World Cup-bound opponent – will ensure a tricky finale in Brighton a week later.
Before the Road to France Series, England begin the 2019 fixture schedule with the SheBelieves Cup in the United States later this month. Having secured the Lionesses’ best-ever showing in 2018, this year’s tournament promises to be even more competitive with opposition from three different continents in the shape of Brazil, Japan and the host nation.
Neville said: “The World Cup is firmly in sight now and I’m really happy with this group of fixtures to complement the games that we have played in recent months plus the ones to come at SheBelieves.
“It’s great that we can visit four different parts of the country and I have no doubt the players will get fantastic support as ever. I also want to thank my colleagues at The FA and the clubs for making this exciting series of games possible.
“We have already played Australia and Sweden in our last two matches in 2018 and being up against three more fellow finalists and the last EURO runners-up is just what we need. We will certainly hit the ground running when we get to France.
“This is a huge year for my players and staff, and we are raring to go. Every single day spent working at St. George’s Park is with the World Cup in mind, and we are going to France with the aim of making the country proud.”
Sussex County FA chief executive, Ken Benham, said: “We’re privileged to have the Lionesses playing their last match before they head off to France for the World Cup right here in Sussex.
“It is a great opportunity for Sussex football fans to see their England heroes up close, and a packed out Amex Stadium would give the players the best possible send off!”
The Lionesses’ group-stage schedule at the World Cup is:
• Sunday 9 June (5pm BST): England v Scotland - Stade de Nice
• Friday 14 June (8pm BST): England v Argentina – Stade Océane, Le Havre
• Wednesday 19 June (8pm BST): Japan v England - Stade de Nice
Tickets for all four games are on sale now, priced at only £1 for concessions and £10 for adults – reduced to £7.50 if booked before 28 February (Canada & Spain) and 10 March (Denmark & New Zealand).
Purchase your tickets
Charter Standard Clubs who would like to apply for complimentary tickets can do so via Brighton & Hove Albion FC’s ticketing page. To take up your tickets you will require a discount code. The FA has contacted clubs individually with a code, however if you don’t think your club has received one, please contact us. Please note there will be a £5 processing fee for all Charter Standard Club comps.
Charter Standard Clubs tickets
Excitement is already building in Brighton & Hove for the Womens’ EURO 2021 where the Amex is one of six host stadiums.
For any ticketing queries, please contact:
Brighton & Hove Albion Support Services:
T: 0344 324 6282