Albion’s Falmer home has been confirmed as one of the stadiums for the European Women’s Championship in 2021.

The Brighton & Hove Community Stadium is one of nine venues selected by The FA.

Albion chief executive and deputy chairman Paul Barber said: “We are thrilled to have been selected as one of the host cities for the 2021 European Championships.

“We have a firm commitment to women’s football here at the club and have already enjoyed hosting two competitive senior England fixtures. We are the city of Brighton & Hove and the stadium will provide the perfect host.”

Albion women’s first-team manager Hope Powell said: "It is exciting news for the city that the Brighton & Hove Community Stadium has been chosen as one of the host stadiums for Euro 2021.

“When we played there in our WSL match against Arsenal last season you could see that there was a huge desire for people to watch women's football in the region.

"Hosting a tournament such as this will not only help grow our game nationally, but also on a more local level where matches are being played.

“I hope it inspires the next generation of girls to play the game and introduces a new audience to women's football."

The stadium hosted Japan's epic victory over South Africa during the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Phil Neville's Lionesses also played their last friendly at the Amex before the World Cup.

Two of the stadia are current Barclays FA Women’s Super League grounds and four of the venues, including the Brighton & Hove Community Stadium, offer a capacity of more than 30,000.

The nine stadiums selected are

• Bramall Lane, Sheffield

• Brentford Community Stadium, London

• Brighton & Hove Community Stadium, Brighton & Hove

• Leigh Sports Village, Wigan & Leigh

• Manchester City Academy Stadium, Manchester

• New York Stadium, Rotherham

• Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

• St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

• Wembley Stadium, London

The showpiece final will be staged at Wembley Stadium.