England women’s football team to fly in premium economy to USA for SheBelieves Cup defence

England Women will be flying out to the USA for the SheBelieves Cup in premium economy, rather than on a chartered flight that the senior men’s and U21 team would use.

The women’s side were planning to fly in business class, but by the time US Soccer confirmed the SheBelieves Cup schedule, there were not enough seats left.

England have decided to travel together as a squad and it meant to fly out in a lower class.

A statement from the women’s team said: “As soon as the match schedule for the SheBelieves Cup was confirmed by US Soccer The FA investigated business class flights for the England Women’s squad and staff.

“As Orlando is a hugely popular tourist destination, by the time the tournament fixtures were confirmed there was no longer sufficient availability of business class seats on a direct flight.

“The business class options available would have necessitated either an indirect flight via a US hub airport, or splitting the squad and staff onto two separate flights. Neither option was considered optimal from a performance perspective.

“The best available option was to travel premium economy on a single direct daytime flight to Orlando.

“The squad and staff will return from the US in business class.”

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