England’s women made history on multiple fronts on Sunday night when they beat Germany 2-1 in extra time to be crowned European champions for the first time.
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Sarina Wegmann’s in-form side went a step further than the men’s team that succeeded in Euro 2020 last summer, scoring the winning goal in the 110th minute to send the crowded Wembley Stadium to cheer.
Indeed, it was confirmed that 87,192 fans were inside the stadium to witness the lionesses breaking new ground together – the third highest attendance recorded at any level of European football in 2022 so far.
87,192 inside Wembley today. UEFA Championship Record.
Incredible support #WEURO2022 pic.twitter.com/9VL6zYmAMW
Wembleystadium July 31, 2022
Surprisingly, the top three participations in Europe in 2022 were all for the women’s games, with the Euro 2022 final joining a double header from the huge crowds registered at Camp Nou last season when Barcelona set two records in the space of a month.
A crowd of 91,553 spectators came to watch Barcelona face rival Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Champions League, defeating only 91,648 fans who came a few weeks later to watch Barcelona’s match with Wolfsburg in the first leg. In the semi-finals, a match in which the Catalans won 5-1.
Prior to that, the long record attendance at the women’s soccer game was 90,185, which was set in 1999 during the Women’s World Cup Final between the United States and China at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
The hem is torn FR, CULERS!
We’ve done it again: the world record is our record!
¡Lo hemos hecho una vez más! pic.twitter.com/wHeMkSsYmN
– FC Barcelona Femení (FCBfemeni) April 22 2022
Barcelona’s men’s team really struggled to attract fans in a disappointing season, with the largest attendance in 2022 being the 79,468 who turned out for the Europa League match – and controversially 30,000 from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Just to add a bit of context in terms of the English game, last season’s men’s FA Cup and Carabao Cup finals, both of which were also held at Wembley, drew crowds of just under 87,000.
The highest attendance rate for a single match in the Men’s Premier League in 2021-22 was 73,564 at Old Trafford as Manchester United drew 1-1 against Chelsea. Meanwhile, the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid saw an attendance of 75,000 fans at the Stade de France in Paris.
The highest attendance for a men’s league match so far in 2022 was 81,365 losing fans who watched Borussia Dortmund lose 4-1 at home to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga in early April.
Incredible statistics that clearly show how much support the lionesses had with them in the final match.