The Ricoh Arena has been named as the host for the FA Women’s Cup 2011 final.

It will come as a welcomed boost to the midlands after the disappointment of England’s failed bid for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Coventry City Football Club currently uses the 32,609-seater stadium and it will be the first time it has hosted the event.

Daniel Gidney, chief executive of the Ricoh Arena, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the final of the prestigious FA Women’s Cup in May.

"We have a strong track record of supporting women’s football in the city since we set a new attendance record of 1,057 in the FA Women’s Cup in 2006.

"Our mission for carrying the torch for girls’ and women’s football continues with this fantastic high- profile match and is yet another milestone for the Ricoh Arena in attracting world class events which will culminate in Olympic women’s and men’s football matches being staged here during the summer of 2012."

In 2006, the stadium hosted an England Under-21 UEFA Championship qualifier against Germany, which England won.

The Under-21s returned to The Ricoh in October 2009 and beat Macedonia 6-3 in another UEFA Championship qualifier.

Phil Boas, head of sponsorship and events at E.ON said: "As a major employer in the area, we are thrilled that The FA Women’s Cup Final is being staged at The Ricoh Arena.

"We've been supporting the women's game for five years and it is fitting for the showpiece event to be held at the venue for women’s football in the 2012 Olympics."

Posted on 25/12/2010