The matchup between England and Germany for the Euro Finals had 1.7 million – that’s right, 1.7 MILLION – viewers on BBC, making it the most viewed women’s soccer match in the UK.
The BBC app and the streaming platform also had 5.9 million views to watch the 2-1 England win in extra time. Not only was the viewership astounding, but so was the attendance at the match itself. There were 87,192 fans in attendance at Wembley to witness these women athletes play. These numbers made history as this match was the most attended Euros ever. The previous record was held at 79,115 in the 1964 men’s tournament.
“We are incredibly proud to have championed women’s football and are thrilled we were able to bring such a special sporting moment to the public,” BBC director-general Tim Davie said. “This was the most-watched women’s football game on UK television of all time and the most-watched program in 2022 so far – and deservedly so. Everyone at the BBC is delighted at the win and being able to share that with the public.”
The last match to break records in the UK was during the World Cup match in 2019, between the England and US women’s national teams. This match had 11.7 million tuned in to watch.
It is obvious people want to watch women’s sports and millions upon millions are doing so. The numbers do not lie.