England’s attacking midfielder Ella Toone made history as the first player (men or women) to score in a major tournament quarter-final, semi-final and final (2022 Euros/World Cup)
164 goals were scored at the tournament – surpassing the previous high of 146 goals scored at the last two tournaments in Canada (2015) and France (2019).
Almost 2 million tickets were sold for this World Cup; double that sold in France four years ago. 75,784 fans flocked to Stadium Australia in Sydney to watch Australia’s opening game against Republic of Ireland - making it the highest attended Women’s World Cup game in 24 years.
Chloe Kelly’s winning penalty kick against Nigeria measured 110.79km/hour making it the fastest goal scored at the tournament. It was also faster than any goal scored in the English Premier League during the 2022/23 season.
The semi-final game between Australia and England was the most watched broadcast in Australian history, averaging 7.13 million viewers, with a total of 11.15 million watching at its peak.
England’s Lionesses, led by captain Millie Bright, became the first England team, men or women, to reach a World Cup Final since 1966. The women saw some nail-biting games (see the penalty shoot-out against Nigeria and the tense 2-1 semi-final against Australia) but fought through to reach the final game against Spain. 14.7 million viewers tuned in across the BBC and ITV and despite not winning, being crowned the second-best team in the world is pretty incredible. This talented group of women has no doubt changed women’s football in England forever and should be very proud of all they achieved!
The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and it’s such a joy seeing women’s football finally moving towards getting the credit, viewership and support it deserves. But, as always, we need more. More investment in women’s sport, women’s healthcare, women’s careers, women’s safety, women’s rights. More investment in women; period. That way, we will see more of what we saw during this World Cup, more women making history.