Published on 01/08/2022 10:48 / Updated on 01/08/2022 10:51
(Credit: Holly Adams/AFP)
England’s dramatic 2-1 win over Germany in the Women’s Euro Cup final on Sunday set viewership records in England: 17.4 million people watched the game on television. The result had the highest ratings for a women’s football match in British television history and was the most-watched television event of the year.
This year’s audience hit a record when 13.4 million watched the 70th anniversary of Elizabeth II’s reign in June. “We’re incredibly proud of the women’s football win and delighted to be able to bring such a special sporting moment to the public,” said BBC Director General Tim Davey.
Attendance at the Women’s Euro Cup final also set a record, with 87,192 fans at the historic Wembley Stadium to witness the match. It was the largest audience in the history of the Euros, taking men’s football into account.
With the Euro title on the line, England face Brazil in the final against the European Championship and Copa America champions. Until then, England’s loss to the USA in the 2019 World Cup semi-final saw 11.7 million watch the match, a record for women’s football in the United Kingdom.
Ella Doone and Chloe Kelly scored England’s goals in the country’s unprecedented European Championship win. It was England’s biggest achievement in football since they won the men’s World Cup in 1966.