Selhurst Park will host the crucial England Women's World...
Crystal Palace FC has been chosen as the venue for England Women's World Cup Play-Off Final against France, to be held on Thursday 17th October with a 7.45pm kick-off. The Play-Off will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
England attracted a crowd of 14,000 to Selhurst Park against Germany in May and are delighted to take an international back to the capital, which will again be screened live by Sky Sports TV.
Crystal Palace Managing Director Phil Alexander said: "We are delighted to once again host the England Women's team in this vital Play-Off Final. I hope there will be a fantastic crowd to cheer the team onto China in 2003."
England progressed to the Play-Off Final after beating Iceland 3-2 on aggregate in a semi-final tie last month and now face a home-and-away leg tie against France. The French will pose a tough opposition, having beaten one of the best sides in Europe - Denmark - to reach this point. The away leg of the Play-Off Final will take place in mid-November.
England had reached the play-offs by way of finishing runners-up in their qualifying group to European champions Germany. Only five European teams make it through to the World Cup Finals, which will take place in China in September 2003 and England are fighting for the final qualifying place.
England National Coach Hope Powell said: "The England team and staff were overwhelmed by the fantastic support we received at Selhurst Park in May. The club worked tremendously hard to attract a record crowd to the fixture and I know the girls really appreciated the support of the crowd.
"We are now just two games away from qualifying for the 2003 World Cup Finals in China. We play at home first and it would be great to get a good result, before travelling to France in November. I hope the people of Croydon and fans of Women's Football will turn out in force to cheer the girls on in what will be an exciting and tense match."
Tickets, priced at £3 for adults and £1 for children/OAPs are now available from the Crystal Palace FC ticket hotline on 020 8771 8841 or by fax on 020 8653 4708 or via the website: www.cpfc.co.uk .
Prices on the day will increase to £5 adults/£1 concessions. Groups of ten or more will be entitled to a 25 per cent discount, by way of a booking form obtained by Crystal Palace or by calling 020 8563 9147.