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More than 500,000 tickets already sold for 2023 World Cup

Led by star Sam Kerr, Australia will serve as a co-host for the 2023 World Cup. (Albert Perez/Getty Images)

More than 500,000 tickets have been sold for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, FIFA announced Tuesday.

The tournament kicks off in 184 days, on July 20, and runs through Aug. 20

With more teams (32) and more matches (64) than ever before, the international governing body for soccer enters the World Cup year with grand ambitions. FIFA aims to sell a record 1.5 million tickets, breaking the previous record of 1.35 million set at the 2015 tournament in Canada. The 2019 tournament in France brought in 1.13 million spectators.

Fans from more than 120 countries have purchased tickets. The United States ranking in the top 10 in ticket sales, alongside the host countries, England, Qatar, Germany, China Canada, Ireland and France.

“This highlights the fantastic pull of the female game and the passion it evokes among the global football fandom,” FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura said in a news release.

No match has sold out yet, and more tickets are set to be released as the tournament approaches.

New Zealand will play against Norway in the opening match of the tournament at 50,000-seat Eden Park in Auckland. Australia will face Ireland later that day in Sydney. The match is set for 42,500-seat Allianz Stadium, but FIFA is considering a move to 83,500-seat Stadium Australia, which will also host the championship match a month later.

In early November, FIFA noted the “unprecedented” demand for the 2023 World Cup amid concerns about the ticketing process. Available tickets for a number of the Matildas’ high-profile group-stage games had disappeared before fans could even sign up for a presale.

Single-match tickets are on sale through March 3 on FIFA’s website.