Women’s World Cup nearing a million ticket sales

With over 941,000 tickets allocated to fans across the world, the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France is already generating a positive level of buzz.

As the governing body for the tournament, FIFA has announced the impressive number of tickets already sold and means that the million mark will inevitably be reached.

To demonstrate the huge success thus far, the semi-finals and final sold out within 48 hours while another 20 matches have already met capacity.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino is confident that ticket sales can exceed one million with television audiences capable of getting up to one billion.

Attendances numbers for the month-long tournament is following a similar path to the 2015 World Cup in Canada, where 1.3 million fans attended.

Liam Watson is a Senior Journalist with Soccerscene. He reports widely on international football policy, industry matters and industry 4.0

Football South Australia kicks off Legacy for the 2023 Women’s World Cup

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Football South Australia has announced the launch of the ‘Leave A Legacy’ website to coincide with the commemoration of 100 years for women’s football in the nation.

On Friday, September 24, the date marked 100 years since the first women’s football game was played in Brisbane at the Gabba in front of 10,000 spectators in 1921.

In 2020, we saw Australia and New Zealand announced as joint hosts for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. This upcoming tournament is set to be the biggest Women’s World Cup to be held in history with 32 teams participating, with Adelaide being named as a host city to cater for this.

As a part of their legacy initiative, Football SA’s launch of the leavealegacy.com.au website has been developed to showcase the journey to the Women’s World Cup and the Legacy Plan that has been formulated to capitalise on this world event.

The hosting of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 provides football with the unique opportunity to drive profound change for girls and women. The tournament will be used as a platform to drive gender equity and long-term social change not only in football but across the whole sporting community.

Football SA endeavours to do this by unlocking infrastructure to ensure girls and women can participate in a safe and inclusive manner. Growth of participation across all age groups and abilities, whilst recognising the significant contributions that women do make in leading the game, is critical.

“The FIFA Women’s World Cup is one of the world’s biggest events and it provides football with a vehicle to grow the sport in South Australia and drive significant growth and equality across all areas of the game,” Football SA Chief Executive Officer Michael Carter said.

“The website has been established to inform and engage people in this once in a lifetime opportunity and importantly we want to hear from our stakeholders on the legacy that they want to see the World Cup leave for the sport.”

For more information, visit the Leave A Legacy site here.

Major events return to NSW with Matildas match series

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Football Australia have announced that the Commonwealth Bank Matildas will host Brazil in a two-match series next month.

The matches are set to be held at the newly named CommBank Stadium in Western Sydney, on October 23 and October 26, 2021.

October will mark 19 months since the Matildas last played on home soil in a 2-1 win against Vietnam in a Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Play-Off match in March 2020.

Since then, Football Australia has made it a key priority to bring the Socceroos and Matildas home following the significant impact of COVID-19 on the world.

The plan to stage a Matildas double header marks the first of its kind for any sporting code in Australia and opens up opportunities for other international sports and the broader entertainment industry to consider similar arrangements.

This is a symbolic announcement as Australia begins to grapple with a COVID normal roadmap internationally, as the Matildas prepare for a busy international schedule ahead including the much-anticipated FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023.

Behind the scenes, Football Australia has worked tirelessly to develop an innovative Quarantine Management Plan to meet the requirements of Government, taking a leadership role in being a COVID-19 responsible sport and offering solutions that work within Government frameworks, protocols, and vaccination roadmaps.

This announcement also coincides with New South Wales being on target to reach a double vaccination rate of 70 per cent of all people aged 16 and over in advance of these fixtures, with crowd capacities to be determined by the Public Health Order at the time of the matches.

Football Australia Chief Executive Officer James Johnson was delighted with this announcement that will see the Commonwealth Bank Matildas play on home soil for the first time in over 18 months.

“We have made it our priority to bring our national teams home for international football so this is a phenomenal outcome for Australian football and one which we have been working tirelessly towards behind the scenes with both the Federal and NSW Government for a considerable amount of time now and appreciate the efforts of the NSW Government in particular,” Johnson said.

“International football is unique in that players are only made available during an international window of nine (9) days.  With many of our Commonwealth Bank Matildas and Socceroos based overseas, the 14-day compulsory quarantine period for international arrivals effectively rendered any international football in Australia impossible.

“Our team at Football Australia put together a submission based on global best practice, focused on ensuring the safety and wellbeing of players and staff, which has been accepted by the NSW Government and aligns nicely with its roadmap to opening up.

“We are excited that the first matches will be the Commonwealth Bank Matildas against Brazil on 23 and 26 October to be held at CommBank Stadium and can’t wait to welcome fans back into Stadiums.”

With confirmation of theses matches, Football Australia is now in the process of locking in the proposed fixtures between the Matildas and the current FIFA Women’s World Cup Champions, the United States Women’s National Team, in a two-match series earmarked for November 27 and November 30, 2021, both of which are to be hosted in Australia, subject to Government discussions and Public Health Orders.

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