The 2022 Women’s EURO stands as the most watched edition of the women’s tournament, UEFA announced Wednesday ahead of its final World Cup qualifying group stage matches.
The July tournament drew a projected global audience of 365 million live viewers across all matches, more than doubling the 2017 viewership of 178 million.
The epic final between England and Germany, which attracted a record crowd of 87,192 fans to Wembley Stadium, was watched by a projected 50 million viewers worldwide. That figure is more than three times the viewership of the 2017 championship match.
The most watched Women’s EURO ever. 🙌On Wednesday, @UEFA projected that this year's tournament more than doubled its viewership mark of 178 million in 2017. #WEURO2022 pic.twitter.com/vL9otbkzKb— Just Women’s Sports (@justwsports) August 31, 2022
The most watched Women’s EURO ever. 🙌On Wednesday, @UEFA projected that this year's tournament more than doubled its viewership mark of 178 million in 2017. #WEURO2022 pic.twitter.com/vL9otbkzKb
After a landmark Euros, UEFA is gearing up for the conclusion of its 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualification. The final group-stage window kicks off Thursday and ends Tuesday.
Fifty teams are competing across nine groups in hopes of securing one of the nine available direct berths to the World Cup.
The winners of the nine qualifying groups will book their tickets to Australia and New Zealand for the World Cup, while the nine group runners-up will advance to the UEFA playoffs in October to decide the remaining two World Cup berths and the lone UEFA representative to FIFA’s intercontinental playoffs.
Austria, England, Germany, Norway, Iceland and the Netherlands all have secured at least a top-two finish in their respective groups and will look to clinch direct bids.
Six other teams remain in the running for automatic qualifying spots: Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Switzerland. And eight other still could grab runner-up finishes and spots in the playoffs: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Montenegro, Poland, Scotland and Wales.