Birmingham City's St Andrews ground will host England Women's World Cup play-off
Birmingham City's St Andrews ground will host England Women's World Cup play-off match against Iceland on Sunday September 22nd, with a 3pm kick-off. The game will be the second leg of this play-off semi-final as England look to qualify for the World Cup Finals, to be held in China in September 2003.England finished second in their qualifying group behind European champions Germany, but victories against Holland and Portugal meant that England reached the four-team play-offs. There is just a fifth and final qualifying place left with England, Iceland, Denmark and France battling to reach the Finals.
England will face Iceland away on Monday 16th September in the National Stadium in Reykjavik, before welcoming their opponents to St Andrews for the away leg six days later.
England left-back Rachel Unitt is from Walsall and is hoping for some good home support. "This is a really important game for England and we need to get a win to give us a good chance of qualifying for the World Cup. We've had some really great support and attendances at our games this year and I hope the people of the Midlands will come and cheer us on.
"If you haven't watched Women's Football before, this is a great game to come and watch.
"We play entertaining football and most people are surprised when they see a game. I really enjoyed playing football for my local teams and for Wolves Ladies, where my dad is still the assistant manager.
"I hope all the girls and women playing football in the area will come along to show us some support."
It will be the first time Hope Powell's England's Women have played at St Andrews and their first trip back to the Midlands for over four years - having lost to Italy in a friendly at West Brom in 1998. The game will come just two weeks after Sven Goran Eriksson's side play Portugal in a friendly in the same city, but at Aston Villa's Villa Park ground.
Tickets for the game go on sale on today from the Birmingham City ticket hotline 0121 772 0101. Entry will be priced at £3 for adults and £1 for children before the day, with prices going up to £5/£1 on matchday. There will also be a special family ticket, priced at £5, for up to two adults and three children.