Football Australia Celebrates Record-Breaking Ticket Sales for FIFA Women's World Cup

Football Australia, the Member Co-Host Association for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™, is delighted to announce significant progress in ticket sales for the highly anticipated tournament, commencing today.

With great excitement, Football Australia can proudly state that in excess of one million tickets have been sold for the 35 matches to be held in Australia (including 30 Group Stage matches, four knock-out matches across the country and the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Final being held at Stadium Australia in Sydney on 20 August). The CommBank Matildas’ opening group stage game will occur tonight at 8.00 pm AEST against the Republic of Ireland in front of over 70,000 at Stadium Australia.

Whilst the overall ticket sales across both host countries of 1.3 million have exceeded expectations, the tournament has not yet surpassed the stretched target of 1.5 million ticket sales. However, the tournament is in a strong position to break this number in the near future, which will be well in excess of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup held in France, where 1.1 million tickets were sold which is the current event record.

The overwhelming response from fans across Australia, New Zealand and around the world demonstrates the growing popularity and global appeal of women's football. The passion and enthusiasm demonstrated by supporters have reinforced the significance of this monumental event and the positive impact it will have on the women's game.

Sam Kerr of Australia speaks to the media during an Australia Press Conference at Stadium Australia on July 19, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images
Sam Kerr of Australia speaks to the media during an Australia Press Conference at Stadium Australia on July 19, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

James Johnson, CEO of Football Australia, expressed his pride and delight, stating, "We are thrilled with the strong ticket sales for the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023. Surpassing one million tickets sold in Australia alone is a remarkable achievement, and we are confident in our ability to break the 1.5 million ticket sales target across both host countries soon. This is a testament to the unwavering support for women's football and the excitement surrounding the tournament."

The tournament has captured the imagination of football enthusiasts from all corners of the globe, with fans eagerly securing their seats to witness the world's best female footballers competing on the grandest stage. The positive trajectory of ticket sales puts us in an excellent position to achieve our target and highlights the global interest in the FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Johnson added, "These strong ticket sales not only reflect the immense popularity of women's football but also underline the historic nature of this event. With an expected worldwide broadcast audience of two billion people, the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023 will showcase the extraordinary talent and athleticism of female players to a global audience. We are excited to witness the impact of this tournament on inspiring future generations, which is propelling women's football to new heights."

As momentum builds towards kick-off, Football Australia extends its gratitude to the fans, sponsors, and stakeholders who have contributed to the success of this tournament. The FIFA Women's World Cup Australia and New Zealand 2023™ promises to be an unforgettable event, uniting fans worldwide and cementing the legacy of women's football.