LONDON: As the UEFA Women’s Euro reached its climax, the European federation’s president Aleksander Čeferin hailed the “fantastic success of a tournament that has taken women’s football to another level.”

Ceferin, in a statement: said: “There are not enough superlatives to describe UEFA Women’s EURO 2022. Quite simply, it has been a tournament for the ages.

“Over three captivating weeks, remarkable new standards have been set for women’s football. Records have been smashed across the board, with fans of all ages enthralled and wonderfully engaged by what has become a fantastic festival on and off the pitch.

“We hoped this would be the best ever Women’s EURO, but it has been even better than we imagined.

“Since 6 July, Europe’s finest players – stars and talented newcomers – have risen to exciting new heights in front of enthusiastic record-breaking crowds. They have captured the headlines, attracted particular global interest and, most importantly, given women’s football a thrilling new dimension.

“The English Football Association deserves special thanks for the professional and expert touch that it has provided in hosting this EURO, along with the host cities throughout the country for their crucial contribution to the event’s resounding success.”