Sarina Wiegman has signed a contract extension to continue as England women’s head coach through to the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The new deal will take in England’s defence as reigning champions for the 2025 UEFA Women’s EURO, with qualification for the finals in Switzerland starting in April. That will be followed by the 2025-26 UEFA Women’s Nations League before the road begins to the World Cup, with the hosts to be announced in May this year.

Since starting work with the Lionesses in September 2021, Wiegman has become the most successful England women’s manager in history and was last night voted The FIFA Best Women’s Coach for a record fourth time. She will continue to be assisted by Arjan Veurink, who has also agreed a new contract extension.

In her opening 12 months, Wiegman guided the team to an unforgettable first major trophy at UEFA EURO 2022, having already won the same competition in 2017 with her native Netherlands. More history was made in 2023 as she led the Lionesses to the inaugural UEFA Women’s Finalissima title before a maiden appearance in a FIFA Women’s World Cup final with last summer’s showpiece in Australia.

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.

“I would like to thank Mark Bullingham, Debbie Hewitt and the FA Board for their support. I also must mention Arjan Veurink, I am delighted he has also extended his stay. It is a fantastic job working with these amazing players and alongside great colleagues. And, of course, it is very special to be able to play a part in giving our fans such wonderful moments.”

FA CEO Mark Bullingham said: “We are thrilled Sarina has agreed to extend her time with us as we head into another significant period of international football. She has achieved so much through her outstanding work as a coach and leader, and there is more to come. The aim with our England teams is to be a consistent competitive force in major tournaments, and Sarina has helped us achieve that – building on what had been several years of positive progress.

“She has also been a tremendous ambassador for the women’s game, and English football in general. Her commitment to what we are trying to do to grow the grassroots for all and promote the Lionesses player pathway is there for all to see. Sarina is an inspiration to so many at home and abroad, and it is great that her time with us at Wembley and St. George’s Park will continue.”

The Lionesses are set to next be in action in February with two international fixtures overseas, with details of opposition and venue to be confirmed imminently. EURO 2025 qualifying will then begin in April with the draw to determine the match schedule set for 5 March.