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2023 Women’s World Cup ticket sales set new record

TICKET sales for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand have surpassed any in the history of the competition.

The new record was set today, one day before the start of tournament, which will last until August 20.

According to numbers provided by FIFA, close to 1.4 million tickets have been sold for the 64 matches, surpassing the record total for the tournament in 2015 in Canada.

Co-hosts Australia’s three group matches against Canada and Ireland are effectively sold out, although the FIFA ticketing website shows ‘low availability’ – mostly wheelchair access tickets – for the July 27 fixture against Nigeria’s Super Falcons in Brisbane.

Ticket allocations for all five matches at Stadium Australia in Sydney, including the final on August 20, have been almost sold out, data has shown.

The stadium has a capacity for 80,000 fans, but FIFA said today this has been reduced to just over 75,000 for the tournament.

The tournament in Canada eight years ago sold 1,353,506 tickets, setting a new record at the time.

Smaller grounds at the 2019 tournament in France meant only 1.3 million tickets were available, with FIFA claiming over 1.2 million were sold.

Both the French and Canadian tournaments involved 52 matches, while the expansion to 32 teams in 2023 means tickets to 64 matches are available: 29 are in New Zealand and 35 in Australia.

FIFA’s head of women’s football, Sarai Bareman, said yesterday that more than 1.5 million people are expected to attend the tournament across the two countries. At that stage, 1.3 million tickets had been sold, including 350,000 in New Zealand.

“That is a huge uptake for New Zealanders for a major sporting event,” she said.

People from 182 different countries have bought tickets, according to the data from FIFA.

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