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Tynecastle to host World Cup play-off
 Women's Football News 28 Sep 2014
 
Scotland will host Holland at Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh, on Saturday 25th October, in the FIFA Women's World Cup play-off semi final, first leg. 
 
Anna Signeul's side were previously based at Tynecastle during the UEFA Euro 2013 qualifying campaign, and return to the home of Heart of Midlothian for the first time since September 2012.
 
The match will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA, and will kick off a weekend of football in the capital, with the Hibs v Hearts derby taking place across the city at Easter Road on Sunday 26th.
 
Scotland women's national coach, Anna Signeul, said: "We are delighted to be playing this crucial match at the home of Heart of Midlothian. We have many happy memories of playing at Tynecastle, and we are looking forward to our return to the capital.
 
"I know that Ann Budge is keen to foster girls' and women's football, and her support, and that of everyone at the club, is very much appreciated.
 
"We attracted a record crowd of over 4,000 fans to our last play-off match at Hampden Park in 2012. That backing was absolutely fantastic and we would love to see the Tartan Army out in force again, this time at Tynecastle. It will be a big weekend of football in Edinburgh, and I hope that supporters in the city will be looking forward to two exciting matches.
 
"I would like to thank Motherwell FC for being wonderful hosts throughout our qualifying group, and wish them the best of luck with their burgeoning girls' and women's programme."
 
Hearts owner Ann Budge said: "We are naturally delighted that Tynecastle has been chosen to host the first leg of the FIFA Women's World Cup semi-final play-off between Scotland and Holland.
 
"It is another prestigious event for the stadium and underlines its stature as one of the top footballing venues in the country.
 
"This is an example of how we are helping get the club back on its feet and we will do everything we can to promote the match and ensure it is a success for us and the community.
 
"It is important we play our part in helping more young girls take up the game and it is my belief that a club like Heart of Midlothian FC should be doing all it can to encourage women's football."
 
Scotland have reached the World Cup play-off for the first time, following back-to-back UEFA Women's Euro play-off appearances. They finished second in Qualifying Group 4, with eight wins from ten, with the only points of the campaign dropped to world number five side, Sweden. Scotland striker Jane Ross finished as joint-top scorer across the European qualifying groups with 13 goals, including three hat-tricks.
 
The second leg will be played in the Netherlands on 29th or 30th October, with full details TBC. Scotland or Holland will face either Italy or Ukraine in the two-legged play-off final on 22/23 and 26/27 November.

 
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