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September 22, 2023

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 - Round of 16 - Switzerland v Spain - Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand - August 5, 2023 Spain fans react in the stands REUTERS/David Rowland/File Photo

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

With a final crowd of 75,784 watching Spain hoist the trophy in Sydney, the 2023 World Cup is estimated to have smashed the previous record for attendance.

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Just under two million fans attended matches across the nine host cities in Australia and New Zealand.

The final 2023 attendance numbers also exceeded the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA’s) projected estimation by 500,000 fans.

The 2019 World Cup recorded just over 1.1 million fans in attendance.

Almost two million fans attended the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand – up by more than 600,000 on the previous record.

However, the average attendance was 30,911 – up from 21,756 at the 2019 World Cup in France.

The world record for women’s football spectators was set on April 22, 2022, when Barcelona Women played Wolfsburg Women in the UEFA Women’s Champions League at Camp Nou with 91,649 spectators.

Another UEFA Women’s Champions League game between FC Barcelona Femeni and Real Madrid at Camp Nou came close with 91,553 spectators also in 2022.


Sweden earned a second-straight third-place finish at the World Cup, defeating Australia 2-0 on Saturday to leave the tournament on a high note.

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Fridolina Rolfö scored from the penalty spot in the 30th minute, and Kosovare Asllani sealed the victory in the 62nd.

Thus ended Australia’s Cinderella run to their best-ever finish at a World Cup, men’s or women’s.

“I don’t see this as an end of a journey. I see it as the beginning of a journey,” said coach Tony Gustavsson, calling for more investment in women’s soccer in the host country.

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