Victoria Park to host Lionesses World Cup final 'super screening'

 (AFP via Getty Images)
(AFP via Getty Images)

Victoria Park will host a so-called super screening of England’s World Cup final on Sunday.

England secured their place in the final after a stunning 3-1 victory over Australia’s Matildas in a dramatic semi-final showdown on Wednesday.

The Greater London authority said it was unable to host the event in Trafalgar Square owing to essential maintenance work, and is instead promoting a screening run by the All Points East festival in Victoria Park, east London.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said that the screening in Victoria Park “will bring thousands of fans together to roar on the team in their biggest game yet”.

“The Lionesses’s run to the final-and hopefully to bring the World Cup home-will deliver a further massive boost to the popularity of women’s football in this country and inspire more girls and women to get involved in sport,” he added.

“The atmosphere for the screening on Sunday will be electric and I can’t wait to see Londoners come together at Victoria Park and at the many fantastic venues, bars and restaurants across London showing the final to cheer the team on to glory.”

The team will face Spain on Sunday in their first World Cup final, and the country’s first since 1966.

Last year thousands of fans joined England women’s football team in Trafalgar Square to celebrate their Euro final victory over Germany at Wembley.

City Hall said any World Cup celebration plans, including an open top bus tour through the streets, would be led by the Football Association. A ceremony is expected to take place in the capital if the Lionesses are victorious.