Your trip to UEFA Women's EURO 2022

A step-by-step guide with everything you need to know to give girls an unforgettable experience

24 January 2022

This summer, you and your unit can experience the best of women’s football at UEFA Women’s EURO 2022.

This tournament, which is happening from 6-31 July, will see the best in women’s football compete for Europe’s biggest prize. 16 teams will compete in nine cities across England, with the final held at Wembley Stadium.

We know that taking girls to matches will be a first for lots of you. Here’s a step-by-step guide of everything you need to do to get ready, so that you can know exactly to do.

1) Check your numbers

How many girls want to attend? Get in touch with parents and carers to share the date of the match you’re interested in, and ask for their permission. 

Then, check in with your volunteer team to see who would like to help out. Remember that the adult to child ratios that apply in your usual meeting place become mandatory when you’re doing activities away from your usual meeting place. Make sure that you have enough helpers for the size of your group.

It might also be worth checking in with your local commissioner to see if other units in your area want to go. You can make group bookings of up to 100 people using UEFA’s portal, so see if teaming up is an option to help you get organised.

2) Book the tickets

Our priority-access window to book group-stage tickets to the tournament has now closed. If you have any issues with your booking, please contact UEFA directly by direct messaging their help account @WEUROTicketing. This is the best way to resolve a query. However, if you don’t have a Twitter account, please contact our partnerships team at [email protected] and we’ll help you solve the problem.

Remaining tickets to the tournament go on sale to the general public on 28 March. 

3) Before the event, sort out the admin

You have lots of time in between booking tickets and the start of the tournament to get your admin sorted, but it’s always a good idea to start sooner rather than later.

Make sure you complete a risk assessment

Risk assessments are important for all events to make sure Girlguiding members are safe.

Your risk assessment will need to consider the relevant Covid-19 guidance in your area to reduce the risk of spread. The process you need to follow will depend on what the guidelines for your area are at the time. As the tournament is not until July, we don’t yet know what Covid restrictions will be in place, so please check our Covid-19 guidance closer to the time.  

Although specific guidance may change, it’s a good idea to think about the following questions when you complete your risk assessment: 

  • Have you planned for Covid-19 responsible travel?
  • Have attendees and parents/carers been told that if they are symptomatic and waiting on a test result, or have recently tested positive for Covid-19 then they will be expected to follow the current self-isolation rules, even if this means missing the match?
  • Have you planned how you will maintain your adult to child ratio if someone has to self-isolate?
  • Have you organised a suitable drop off / pick up point?
  • Will you have hand sanitiser available and encourage its frequent use?

Your events and activities risk assessment does not need to be signed off by your local commissioner, but you need to make them aware that you are attending the event.

Remember to factor in other safety considerations to your risk assessment too! You will need to consider things like how girls are getting to the stadium, and any food allergies or intolerances. We have lots of guidance to help you complete risk assessments on our website, and you can contact your local commissioner if you need help.

Don't forget consent forms and a home contact system

You’ll also need to fill out consent forms for each young member going and make sure everyone’s contact details are up to date.

Lastly, don’t forget to set up a home contact system to support in case of an emergency.

4) One last check! 

It’s a good idea to stick a reminder in your diary two weeks before the match to do one last check to make sure that you have everything you need. Check parent permissions and consent forms, whether your risk assessment is up to date with the latest Covid-19 guidance, and that your volunteer team all know the plan. 

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, get in touch with our partnerships team by emailing [email protected], and they’ll be able to help you.

Once you’ve got the practical stuff sorted, all that’s left to do is to get ready to show the teams your support, and make lots of noise! We can’t wait to see you there.