Sarina Wiegman has been appointed as the next head coach of England Women on a four-year deal.
The current Holland boss will take charge of England in September 2021, thereby honouring her commitment to take the Oranje Lionesses to the Olympics next summer. Her first major tournament with England will be the home Women’s Euros in 2022, followed by the World Cup in 2023 and the Euros in 2025.
A decision on Team GB’s Olympics head coach “will be announced in due course”, the FA has said.
Wiegman, 50, said: “I’m delighted and honoured to join England Women next year. England is the cradle of football and the major developments in women’s football globally over recent years have been led by the FA. I’m very much looking forward to contributing my experience and expertise to this ambitious team.
“The ride with the Oranje Lionesses has been amazing so far, but we haven’t reached our final destination yet. There are two more goals: qualifying for the Uefa Women’s Euro in 2022 and challenging at the Olympics next summer. That would be a fitting completion for me of everything we’ve strived to achieve in women’s football in my home country.
“I am extremely excited by the prospect of leading England Women in the future, but for now I am one hundred per cent focused on Oranje. I will do my utmost to add another chapter to their remarkable journey before making my next step.”
Neville will continue to coach the Lionesses until the end of his term in July 2021.
In a statement, English football’s governing body said: “The FA will now renew its dialogue with the home nations in respect of the postponed Tokyo Olympics to take place in July 2021, as well as the 2024 Games, and a decision on the head coach for Team GB next year will be announced in due course. The FA has been particularly impressed with his [Neville’s] continued commitment and hard work during this period of transition.”
Wiegman successfully led Holland to a Women’s Euro victory as the host nation in 2017 and was named Best Fifa Women’s Coach in the same year. They finished runners up in the final of the 2019 World Cup and are now fourth in the world rankings – two ahead of England.
The FA’s director of women’s football, Sue Campbell, said: “It speaks volumes for the progress of England Women over recent years and the bold ambitions we have for the future that we had so many world-class candidates apply for the role.
“Sarina was our number one choice. She is the perfect cultural fit for us, which is crucially important in building a winning team. Her technical expertise, leadership skills and winning mentality is hugely impressive.
“I am confident that together with our incredible support staff and ambitious, talented playing squad she can help us achieve the international success we are striving for. Sarina will also be a great ambassador for the FA and the women’s game in England, sharing our desire to inspire the next generation of English players, coaches, administrators and supporters.”
The FA’s chief executive, Mark Bullingham, added: “We are thrilled to have secured Sarina to lead the Lionesses until 2025. She was the outstanding candidate from a very strong field. Having won a home Euros in 2017 and leading the Netherlands to the final of the World Cup last year, she is a proven winner and we are confident she can take England to the next level, giving us the best possible opportunity of achieving our ambition to win a major tournament.“