A new total attendance record has been set for national team soccer’s UEFA Women’s European Championships, with the ongoing 2022 edition having already attracted more fans than any previous edition.
With 15 games left of the 31-match event in England, the overall attendance has hit 248,075, surpassing the previous record of 240,055, which was set during the last Women’s Euros in the Netherlands in 2017.
The record was broken at last night's encounter between France and Belgium, which saw 8,173 turn up to watch France win 2-1 at the New York Stadium in Rotherham.
Another record was broken at a group stage match on July 9, when the Netherlands drew 1-1 with Sweden. The 21,342-strong crowd for that fixture constituted the largest crowd ever for a Women’s Euros game not involving the host nation.
The tournament had already seen the biggest audience for a Women’s Euros fixture smashed during England’s opening-night win against Austria when 68,871 turned up to Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium.
The largest attendance during the previous, 2017, edition was 28,182. That figure was secured during the Netherlands’ (the hosts) 4-2 victory over Denmark in the final.
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Earlier this year, meanwhile, a new overall record for a women’s soccer game was set in the first leg of the Women’s Champions League 2021-22 semi-final between Barcelona and Wolfsburg, with 91,648 in attendance.
The highest recorded women’s soccer attendance during an international fixture was set during the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1999 when hosts the USA beat China on penalties in front of a crowd of 90,185.
It is anticipated that this record may be broken by the final of the Women’s Euros, set to be held at London’s Wembley Stadium on July 31. The venue has a capacity of just over 90,000 and UEFA claimed in March that the game had already sold out.