The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 has come to a conclusion, with the Matildas doing Australia proud by reaching the semi-final of the tournament – while receiving record breaking support from the nation.
Nearly two million viewers watched the Matildas’ historic television record-breaking opener of their much awaited FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign.
An average of 1.93 million people watched the joint host team’s opening match of the tournament on Seven and its online streaming service 7Plus, despite the surprising absence of famous skipper Sam Kerr. While the third place match against Sweden saw 6.25 million viewers tune in.
The team would re-write history in their semi-final match against England, becoming the most watched Television program in Australian history. The game reached 11.15 million Australians nationally, and had an average audience of 7.13 million according to Channel Seven.
Channel Seven’s head of network sport Lewis Martin, said via press release:
“The Matildas performance captured the Australian spirit like nothing we have seen in decades, Australia was captivated last night as the Matildas played their hearts out and did us all proud. The Matildas have rewritten the history books.”
On the back of the astonishing numbers and support the Matildas received, Australia are in a strong position to bid on hosting the 2034 FIFA Men’s World Cup, as Football Australia CEO James Johnson stated that it ‘would be discussed with New Zealand after the Women’s World Cup’.
As FIFA boss Gianni Infantino labelled it ‘the greatest Women’s World Cup ever’ – after a total attendance of 1,978,274 spectators – one could only imagine the support and views the event would bring on home soil supporting the Socceroos.
The 2026 World Cup is set to be hosted in North America across the United States, Canada and Mexico, with an expanded format of 48 teams. As the World Cup grows from 32 teams to 48, there will be 16 stadiums in 16 cities and 104 matches instead of 64.
Australia would be in a promising position to host the number of countries participating in the new World Cup format as the country has several world class stadiums across the nation, including the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which would be a perfect venue for the final, holding a capacity of 100,000.
Australia must use the momentum of the Women’s World Cup to propose a serious bid to host in 2034.
Full statistics on FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 can be found here.