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England Face Austria in Chesterfield

25 October 2013

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England were drawn alongside Italy, Portugal and Austria in the UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship draw at Burton Town Hall.

The finals take place from November 26 to December 8 at AFC Telford United, Burton Albion FC, Chesterfield FC and Hinckley Stadium. The tournament gets underway at AFC Telford on Tuesday, November 26 when England face Italy at 12.30pm. 
The eight teams taking part are: England, Scotland, Spain, Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Portugal.
England’s second game will be on Friday, November 29 at Chesterfield FC (kick-off 7pm) when they will face Austria. A fanzone will start festivities at 5pm.

Scotland face France at Chesterfield's home on Monday, December 2 (kick-off 12.30pm).
Chesterfield will also host one of the semi-finals on Thursday, December 5 (kick-off 5pm) and the final on Sunday, December 8 (kick-off 5pm).
These finals are the culmination of The FA’s 150th year celebrations. This is the pinnacle competition in Europe for this age group, as well as being a qualifying tournament for the 2014 FIFA Women’s Under 17 World Cup in Costa Rica next spring. 
Tournament director Adrian Bevington said: “These young England players are a key part of our future game and they will experience a finals that will help them prepare for future international success. 
“This tournament will demonstrate The FA’s ability to host tournaments of the highest standard and I would encourage our fans to come along and enjoy a great spectacle.
“A year ago today The FA launched Game Changer, the five-year plan for women’s football. We aim for women’s football to be the second largest participation team sport in England by 2018. This tournament will help support our plans.”
England Women’s Under-17 Coach, Lois Fidler, explained: “This is going to be an amazing opportunity for our players to experience a UEFA tournament on English soil. We have some really talented players and I am looking for them to put on a show for the fans and really grasp the chance to shine.”

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