final of the record-breaking Women’s World Cup
On Sunday, in the Women’s World Cup final, Spain won against England with a score of 1-0. This wraps up a tournament that broke attendance and TV records, sparking hopes of more interest in women’s soccer.
The Women’s World Cup was hosted by Australia and New Zealand together. This was the ninth time this big event took place globally, but the first time it happened in the southern part of the world.
Even though local excitement waned when Australia got knocked out in the semi-finals, nearly two million fans enjoyed the games across nine host cities. With the final crowd of 75,784 people, the total number of attendees has been impressive.
A goal by Olga Carmona made all the difference in an exciting match where Spain had most of the best opportunities to score.
Before the game on Sunday, lots of fans gathered at Stadium Australia in Sydney, with drummers and stilt walkers adding to the festive mood.
This was the first time both England and Spain reached the Women’s World Cup final, but England is still waiting for their first trophy since their men’s team won in 1966.
Before the Women’s World Cup final match
Australia’s loss to England in the semi-finals last Wednesday was watched by an average of 7.13 million people on the local Seven Network channels. This was the highest number of viewers ever recorded by OzTAM, a research firm that started in 2001.
The Matildas’ matches were completely sold out many months ahead, and the organizers predict that the average attendance will go beyond 30,000 once all 64 matches are done.
In the previous Women’s World Cup held in France four years ago, more than 1.1 million fans attended 52 matches, and the average crowd was around 21,756 people.
In New Zealand, whose team was eliminated in the group rounds, demand was lower. Although some games drew as low as 7,000 spectators despite FIFA giving away thousands of tickets, White Ferns matches surpassed attendance records for soccer in the nation.