The Euro 2022 final is expected to break the attendance record for women’s football.

The Euro 2022 final at Wembley Stadium this summer is expected to break the attendance record for a women’s football match in England.

When the United States faced Japan in the Olympic final in London in 2012, there were 80,203 in attendance — a figure that is set to be surpassed after fans gobbled up all 87,200 tickets for the much-anticipated spectacle.

The Lionesses’ attendance record stands at 77,768 after a 2-1 loss to Germany at Wembley in 2019.

There are hopes that the match on July 31 will break the record for ANY European Championship final, which is currently Spain’s victory against the Soviet Union in 1964 when 79,115 people filled the Bernabeu.

All three England women’s group matches, which will take place at Old Trafford, St Mary’s, and the Amex Stadium, have also sold out.

With Old Trafford’s 73,200 capacity and upwards of 30,000 seats available in the Amex and St Mary’s, sky-high levels of demand in the women’s game are becoming more common.

Ticket sales and attendance data reflect the increased interest, with the expectation that this summer’s event will take the tournament to new heights.

The event appears to be taking place at the ideal time, with the FA’s objective of 6,000 attendance in the WSL and a Wembley sell-out by 2024 seeming more attainable than ever.

The Barcelona women’s team established an all-time attendance record of 91,553 for their massive El Clasico fixture in the legendary Camp Nou in March 2020.

 

Gunnarsdottir of Iceland criticizes venue selection.

Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir, an Iceland and Lyon midfielder, has expressed her surprise at the site selections for Iceland’s group games at Euro 2022.

The Scandinavians will face Belgium and Italy at the Manchester City Academy Stadium, which has a capacity of 4,700 people.

“It’s shocking,” Gunnarsdottir added. There are so many stadiums in England, yet we have a training ground from City that can hold what, 4,000 spectators?

“It’s humiliating. It isn’t the respect we deserve. Watch women’s football today; the stadiums are packed.

“You see Barcelona and Madrid, and there are 95,000 people watching the game [at Camp Nou].” They [Euros organizers] are not expecting us to sell more than 4,000 tickets.

“It’s disrespectful to women’s football because it’s far more important than people realize.” You think women’s football is taking two leaps forward, but then something like this happens, and it’s just a step back.”

“I don’t know what’s going on in their thoughts or even if they follow women’s football,” the 31-year-old added.

“If you did, it’s basic sense; just look at women’s football right now; it’s exploding.” It’s getting a lot better. It’s pointless to talk about it because it makes no sense. To be honest, it’s vexing.

“They should absolutely reconsider it because of the reaction and simply look at how quickly tickets are selling.”

 

Stanway: England’s goal at Euro 2022 is to “inspire the next generation.”

Georgia Stanway of Manchester City is ecstatic about the idea of representing England on home soil at Euro 2022.

The 23-year-old attacking midfielder scored twice when the Lionesses defeated North Macedonia 10-0 in a World Cup qualifier last Friday, with Sarina Wiegman’s team facing Northern Ireland tomorrow.

The 30-cap international, on the other hand, has his sights set on the continental extravaganza in July.

Stanway remarked at a McDonald’s Fun Football event, “We’re going to get out there and show the world, Europe, and the country what we can do.”

“We understand what is expected of us on the field, especially in a home tournament.” We want to be an inspiration to the next generation.

“It’s a great time for the team and women’s football in general, and we witnessed how the nation rallied behind the men’s team last year when they played at home.”

“I’m having a great time playing football and can’t wait to get out on the field in front of our fans this summer.”

Stanway was the youngest member of England’s squad at the 2019 World Cup, where the Lionesses were defeated in the semi-finals by the United States.

She has more experience this time around, but she is aware that England will face an uphill battle to take the championship on July 31.

“On the day, anybody is a challenge,” the Three Lions No. 8 added. I believe the Netherlands, Spain, Germany, and Sweden will be among the top contenders since they are outstanding competitors.

“They have a lot of experience competing in large events and know what it takes to win.” I anticipate them to be tough.

“Ideally, in the summer, we can do the job where we play good football, inspire a nation as the men did, and hopefully, it inspires people to join.”

“Even if it’s just one person, if we can bring one more person to a session, we’ve done our job.”

Comforts of home
The tournament is expected to draw record attendance, with 31 games spread over 10 venues in eight cities.

And competing in a major tournament in her native nation will make Stanway’s ascension to the top feel all the more worthy.

“Having your name on the back means a lot to my family who has suffered in order for me to be where I am today,” she said of her path to the England team, which began when she was four years old playing for her brother’s club in her native Cumbria.

“I grew up in Barrow-in-Furness, and my nearest girl’s academy was in Blackburn, so it was a two-hour travel there and a two-hour drive back.”

“At the time, all you care about is getting to training on time, regardless of how you get there.”

“My mother is hurrying out of work, making sure I have my spaghetti hoops on bread and that I have it on my knee ready to eat on the way to training.”

“It’s one of those things you don’t notice until you’re a little older.”

Stanway’s poor beginnings in grassroots football, like many others in the England squad, made the possibility of representing her country in a major tournament on home soil a pipe dream.

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