Sarina Wiegman has extended her contract with the FA, in a move that sees her commit her future to the Lionesses until after the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Dutchwoman, who was named by FIFA as The Best Women’s Coach for the fourth time on Monday evening, has been in the job since 2021.
Wiegman has overseen some of England’s most successful tournaments in recent years, delivering the nation’s first major tournament since the 1966 FIFA World Cup when her side lifted the EUROs at Wembley Stadium in 2022.
The Lionesses then went on to defeat Brazil in the inaugural Women’s Finalissima, before reaching the final of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup – which saw a slender defeat at the hands of Spain.Embed from Getty Images
In a statement issued on englandfootball.com, Wiegman said: ‘I am so happy to have the chance to lead England through to 2027 after an incredible two and a half years.’
‘Looking forward, we have unfinished business and I know we are capable of even more, although nothing will come easy.’
‘Our game is becoming so competitive at the top level. I relish that opportunity and can’t wait to start the EURO qualifiers, followed by the World Cup.’
Her assistant coach, Arjan Veurink, will also remain in position after having extended his contract too.
‘I would like to thank Mark Bellingham, Debbie Hewitt and the FA Board for their support,’ continued the Dutchwoman. ‘I also must mention Arjan Veurink. I am very delighted he has also extended his stay.’
England will play two international fixtures overseas in February, with the opposition and venues to be confirmed imminently. The Lionesses will then move their focus to EURO 2025 qualifying, which begins in April.