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USWNT vs. England: Tickets for friendly sell out in 24 hours

A view of the stands before the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final at Wembley Stadium. (Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)

The Oct. 7 friendly between the U.S. women’s national soccer team and England sold out a mere 24 hours after tickets went on sale.

As of Wednesday morning, a total of 65,000 tickets had been sold through England’s presale. Four hours later – and less than 15 minutes after the ticket sales were opened to the general public at 9 a.m. ET – all available general admission tickets were sold out. It’s the fastest sellout for a women’s soccer match in history.

Hospitality options remain on sale.

The sellout comes as fans dealt with issues in the presale. Amid the high demand for tickets, long wait times and checkout glitches plagued fans, many of whom reported their disappointment on Twitter. The Lionesses apologized for the issues and thanked fans for their patience.

“We apologize to anyone who has had issues with our ticketing website this afternoon,” they wrote on Twitter. “The site is back working again, but due to the huge demand there may still be queues. Thank you for your patience.”

The matchup between the two teams was announced Tuesday, at the same time the presale began.

This will be the first meeting of the teams since the 2019 World Cup semifinal. The USWNT won that match and went on to take the title.

This year, England has claimed the 2022 UEFA Women’s Euro title, while the USWNT has won the 2022 Concacaf W Championship title.

One stipulation of the match is that England qualify for the World Cup during the September international window. In the unlikely event England fails to qualify during that time and has to play in October’s UEFA playoff, tickets will be refunded and the game rescheduled for a later date.

This is the second sold-out women’s game at Wembley involving England after the Euros final was sold out ahead of the tournament’s start.