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Walsall will be host stadium for UEFA U17 European Championship finals in 2018

30 October 2017

The Banks's Stadium will be a host ground for next year's UEFA European Under-17 Championship finals.

UEFA and The Football Association have named the venues which will host the tournament in May next year.

Walsall, Burton Albion, Chesterfield, Loughborough University, Rotherham United and St. George's Park have all been selected to host the annual UEFA tournament.

The competition for Europe’s 16 elite nations will be played at venues across the Midlands and South Yorkshire with St. George’s Park at its heart.

Chesterfield will host the opening game and Rotherham United will stage the final, with fixtures taking place between 4-20 May. 

Tickets will go on sale in January with the final draw taking place at St. George’s Park in April. 

Wayne Rooney, Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba and Mario Götze are some of the famous names to have appeared at this level in the past with the competition acting as the perfect platform for young players to showcase their talents.

England, who won the European Under-17 title in 2010 and 2014, and also finished runners- up to Spain in 2017, qualified automatically for the tournament as hosts.

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin said:

“The European Under-17 Championship gives football fans an early opportunity to watch talented young footballers as they start out on what they hope will be successful careers in the game.

The competition also provides the youngsters with an ideal chance to perform on an international football stage.

I am very happy that the finals are being staged in England. The Football Association are experienced hosts of major football events, and we are all looking forward to an exciting and entertaining tournament.”

England U17s head coach Steve Cooper added: 

"We are very proud to be hosting the men’s European Under-17 finals next summer.

"Rotherham and Walsall have hosted a number of England development and women's team fixtures in the past while Burton Albion and Chesterfield are fantastic venues.

"St. George's Park will be at the heart of training and matches and all six venues will give the players an opportunity to perform at different stadiums.

"Loughborough University is a world-renowned sports and educational establishment.

"The tournament gives the towns and regions an opportunity to see the best young talent from across the continent and we are very much looking forward to the challenge.”

Walsall Chief Executive Stefan Gamble said:

"We are delighted to be one of the host stadiums for the UEFA European Under-17 Championships next year.

"The Banks's Stadium is the ideal venue for international football and we will be proud to welcome some of the best young players in Europe to Walsall next year.

"We would also like to congratulate England's U17 side on their fantastic World Cup-winning campaign."

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