FIFA Women's World Cup 2019: Tournament on course for record-breaking turnout in France, says study

More than 1.5 million supporters are expected to attend matches at the World Cup in France as the tournament is poised to set a new benchmark for the rising popularity of the women’s game, according to a study.

Reuters June 13, 2019 20:55:34 IST
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019: Tournament on course for record-breaking turnout in France, says study
  • The previous edition in Canada four years ago saw more than 1.3 million spectators attend games.

  • In 2019 World Cup, attendance is set to peak at a record 1,716,000 across 52 matches.

  • More than 270,000 fans have already attended the opening six days.

More than 1.5 million supporters are expected to attend matches at the World Cup in France as the tournament is poised to set a new benchmark for the rising popularity of the women’s game, according to a study published on Thursday..

FIFA Womens World Cup 2019 Tournament on course for recordbreaking turnout in France says study

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Research conducted by Women's World Cup in Numbers here, which looks at the trends and numbers behind the growth of the men's and women's World Cups since 1991, shows attendance figures are set to peak at a record 1,716,000 across 52 matches.

The previous edition in Canada four years ago saw more than 1.3 million spectators attend games.

More than 270,000 fans have attended the opening six days, which have already seen the United States, the defending champions, seal a record 13-0 victory over Thailand in Reims.

The 45,000-seater Parc des Princes in Paris was packed as the hosts defeated South Korea 4-0 in their opener last week.

A total of 44 goals have been scored in the opening 15 matches, at an average of nearly three goals per game, to stay on course to eclipse the previous record of 146 from the 2015 edition — the first time the tournament had 24 teams.

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