Schedule for 2023 Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final

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The running order for this weekend’s Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium connected by EE has been announced by The Football Association.  

The sold-out Final is to be contested by Chelsea and Manchester United on Sunday at 14:30, and will be broadcast live in the UK on BBC One and BBC iPlayer with coverage starting at 13:50.

Fans wanting to soak up the atmosphere will be able to enter the dedicated fanzone from 10:30am, where a food and drinks village will also be open.

Once inside the stadium, BBC Radio 1 DJs Arielle Free and Charlie Hedges will begin the proceedings at 13:00 and warm up the crowd with a set full of energy and popular tracks.

As kick-off approaches, Sammy Rowland of Hashtag United will bring out the match ball and place it on the plinth. With 11 goals, Sammy is the current leader of the Mitre Golden Ball competition, which recognizes the top scorer in this season’s competition.

The pre-match ceremony will see Ceremonial Military representative, the Army’s Corporal Lois Jacobs place the trophy onto the pitch side plinth. Seventy Staff and Air Cadets from Buckinghamshire Army Cadet Force and Thames Valley Wing Air Cadets will display the Chelsea and Manchester United club crest banners on the pitch.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will lead out the traditional presentation party, which will also include Debbie Hewitt MBE (The FA’s Chair), Sue Hough MBE (Chair of The FA Women’s Football Board) and Kirsty Leece (Chief Risk Officer at Vitality).

Following the entry of the presentation party, British Iranian soprano Jasmine Faulkner will perform the National Anthem. A British Sign Language interpreter, Joanna Aldridge,
will be present to interpret the National Anthem and other key moments in the afternoon’s running order.

During half-time, Vitality – the competition’s Principle Partner – will encourage fans in stadium and at home to get active and benefit from the health and wellbeing aspects of sport in a special ‘Find What Moves You’ half-time performance, led by former Pussycat Doll and Dancing On Ice Star, Kimberly Wyatt.

On conclusion of the Final, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will present the trophy to the winning captain from the Royal Box.

In addition, the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Trophy Tour will be coming to Wembley on Sunday. The FA is giving ticket holders for the match and local residents access to have their photo taken with the iconic trophy.

The trophy will be on display in the Samovar Space on Olympic Way. Local residents will be able to have their photo taken between 10:30 – 11:30, before it opens up to Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final ticket holders between 11:30 – 13:30.

Residents and fans will also be able to meet former England international goalkeeper and Women’s FA Cup winner, Carly Telford.

With thanks to the FA