The UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 has beaten its early sales targets, with over 140,000 tickets already sold for the tournament hosted in England.

During the pre-sale period, which concludes next Monday (August 9), supporters from 68 countries have bought tickets, with 47% of those being female. 

There are over 700,000 tickets available for the tournament across the 10 stadiums, which include Old Trafford and Wembley Stadium. 

“We are incredibly excited by the response of fans to the Women’s Euro 2022 ticket pre-sale presented by our dedicated partner, VISA,” said Nadine Kessler, UEFA chief of women’s football. 

“With interest coming from fans across the globe it shows how European women’s football is of international significance. These numbers a year out are unheard of in women’s sport in Europe and it is just the start – I encourage everyone to get their tickets now and help us make the Women’s Euro to not only be a record-breaking event but a sell-out event.”

She added: “We cannot wait to have full stadia and fans showing their hearts for our European heroes.”

Fans will next be able to purchase tickets through the public ballot applications, which will go live on October 28. Tickets will then be available through the general sale until mid-February, on a first come, first served basis. 

Penille Harder, 2019/20 UEFA Women’s Player of the Year and Denmark international, said: “It’s fantastic to see such a huge interest in the UEFA Women’s Euro at this early stage. It’s really exciting that so many fans are showing their support by buying tickets, and all before the draw has even taken place. 

“Women’s football has accelerated over the last few years with more and more world-class talented players emerging across Europe. The calibre of play across the nations is getting stronger every year, so it will be really exciting to see all these top players compete against each other in England next summer – and have our supporters right there with us.”

She added: “The UEFA Women’s Euro is bigger than just the games. We are a community of fans first and foremost, and we want nothing more than to inspire a new generation of football fanatics and encourage more girls and boys to fulfil their dreams of competing on the global stage.”

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