Over 720,000 tickets sold for 2019 Fifa Women's World Cup
More than 720,000 tickets have been sold for soccer's Fifa Women's World Cup in France this summer, which begins in 50 days time.
Fifa announced today that the 7 July final and both semi-finals, all to be held in Lyon's 59,186-capacity Stade Lyonnais, are already sold out, as are four group stage games.
The semi-finals, the final and the opening game of the tournament on 7 June - France versus South Korea at Paris' 47,929-capacity Parc de Princes - all sold out within 48 hours of match tickets going on sale.
The other three group stage matches to have sold out are Netherlands-Cameroon in Valenciennes, Nigeria-France in Rennes and Sweden-USA, the reigning world champions, in Le Havre.
Philippe Le Floc'h, chief commercial officer at Fifa, said: "Ticket sales show that people are excited about about the competition and we are looking forward to seeing the stadiums across France packed with passionate fans."
USA 1999 holds the record for ticket sales for a Women's World Cup (1.194 million).
The strong ticket sales for France 2019 is a welcome reminder of the growing popularity of the tournament to those nations who have submitted bids to host the 2023 Women's World Cup, for which the official deadline was yesterday.
Nine countries, the most ever to submit bids for this event according to Fifa, have put their names forward: Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand and South Africa.
The winner will be selected in March 2020 by the Fifa council.