Euro 2022 stadium choices appeared unambitious in 2018 – they look worse now | Suzanne Wrack

Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir’s anger at Iceland playing in a 5,000-capacity venue is understandable. The FA has been caught outThis week the Iceland midfielder Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir voiced her frustration over the choice of venues for the women’s European Championship finals in England this summer. She questioned why two of her country’s games would be played at the 5,000-capacity Manchester City Academy Stadium and her remarks highlighted a number of important questions, chiefly among them whether the Football Association was ambitious enough in its choice of venues and whether it has done enough to adapt to the accelerating growth of the game? Arguably, the answer to both questions is no.There can be some sympathy for the position the FA has found itself in four years since crafting the bid to host the tournament. In August 2018, when the FA revealed its plans, and in December of that year when the solo bid was revealed to have been successful, women’s football was in a very different place.