FIFA has revealed that attendances at the Women’s World Cup are up almost 30% compared to 2019.
As reported by news agency AFP, the world football governing body said that the tournament in Australia and New Zealand had exceeded expectations, and that data showed some 1,222,839 fans had passed through the turnstiles across 48 matches so far.
This is a 29% increase compared to this same point after 48 matches in France four years ago.
With the knockout stage set to begin tomorrow (Saturday), the average crowd has equated to just over 25,0000, according to AFP.
Games have generally been better attended in Australia than in New Zealand, with a series of sell-out crowds. However, under 7,000 watched Japan beat Costa Rica in Dunedin in New Zealand in the group stages last week.
More than 1,715,000 tickets have now been sold, beating the tournament’s original target of 1.3 million.
FIFA chief women’s football officer Sarai Bareman told AFP: “I’m confident by the final we will have more than 1.9 million fans having walked through the stadium gates. The tournament has been incredible so far, it has exceeded our expectations in many ways.”
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand will run until August 20.