English singer-songwriter Ella Henderson will perform a number of her chart-topping singles to kick start the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Sunday 5 December.
In addition, Henderson will also have the honour of singing the national anthem ahead of kick-off.
Performing tracks such as This Is Real and Ghost, the X Factor star will take to the pitch to get the crowd pumping ahead of a fierce London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea.
Ella’s performance is one of several events taking place on the day to celebrate the historic 50th year of the biggest domestic cup competition in women’s football. Full details of the celebrations will be released in the coming days.
Ahead of the day, Ella said: “It’s an honour to be playing at Wembley Stadium ahead of this year’s Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final, it’s the biggest day in the diary for the teams and their fans alike, and so special given the 50th anniversary. I know there’s a huge crowd attending with over 40,000 tickets sold already, and I can’t wait to be on the pitch to get the occasion, and a real celebration of women’s football, started”.
Kelly Simmons The FA’s Director of the Women’s Professional Game added: “The 50th anniversary of the Women’s FA Cup is a true celebration of the game, and an opportunity to reflect on its remarkable growth as we near the end of another remarkable year for the women’s game that has seen increased visibility and interest. To have issued over 40,000 tickets is a wonderful illustration of the growth of the women’s fan base and the dedicated following the women’s teams now have. Ella’s performance will ensure the matchday starts on a high, and we are thrilled to have her play at Wembley Stadium.”
Tickets are available via ticketing.thefa.com.
Further details around special matchday activities will be shared across The FA’s social platforms in the build-up to the game via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The match will be shown live on BBC One, with live coverage of the pre-match build-up beginning at 1.30pm.