Fifa forced to defend Women's World Cup ticketing, with only 14 sell-outs
Fifa, soccer’s world governing body, has been forced to defend ticketing at the Women’s World Cup after it emerged that only 14 out of 52 matches have sold out (Fifa had earlier claimed the figure was 20) and the stadium for the England-Scotland match on the first weekend was less than half-full after Fifa had earlier claimed a near-sell-out.
Only 13,188 fans attended the match, held at the 35,100-capacity Stade de Nice, meaning it was only 37-per-cent full, the lowest percentage figure of the tournament so far.
Yesterday, Fifa claimed an “important milestone” as ticket sales passed 1 million, with sold-out matches including the group games of hosts France and holders USA, plus the semi-finals and final, which will be held in Lyon.
The average attendance over the nine games played so far is 18,405, 63 per cent of capacity.
Fifa tweeted on 7 May that “you can still buy tickets for a few matches.”
Fifa has defended its ticket pricing policy, saying: “The approach is based on a competitive pricing policy, with ticket prices starting at just under nine euros (£8) as part of a special 25-euro package (£22) allowing fans to attend three matches.”
The tournament is bidding to break the record set at the last Women’s World Cup in Canada in 2015 when a total of 1,353,506 tickets were sold.