Figures from the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ group stages

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The drama and excitement of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ group stages saw new records set in TV audience figures and on FIFA’s official digital platforms, adding to the strong attendances across the six Host Cities.

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Below is a summary of the key highlights.

Attendance Stats
    Total attendance: 885,369
    Average attendance: 24,594
    Biggest attendance: 6 June doubleheader featuring New Zealand vs. Netherlands and Canada vs. China in Edmonton - Canadian record set for any national team playing at home with 53,058 spectators.
    Five of six venues had sellouts in the group stage with Montreal close to 90% capacity for Canada vs. Netherlands on 15 June played before an enthusiastic 45,420 fans.
    Tickets are currently unavailable for the Final on 5 July.
    Canada vs. Switzerland in the Round of 16 on 21 June has less than 3,000 tickets remaining.
    Quarter-final match in Ottawa on 26 June is currently unavailable.

Competition Stats
    Number of goals: 107
    Goal average: 2.97
    Marta (BRA, 10) became top scorer in FIFA Women’s World Cup™ history with 15 goals.
    Fabienne Humm (SUI, 16) scored the fastest hat-trick in FIFA Women’s World Cup™ history, 3 goals in 5 Minutes.
    Christie Rampone (USA, 3) became the oldest player in FIFA Women’s World Cup™ history.
    Cameroon is the second African side to move on to the knock-out stages after Nigeria in 1999.

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TV stats
TV audiences in key viewing markets have shown strong signs of growth during the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ so far compared to previous tournaments, underlining broadcasters’ commitment to covering the competition, greater global interest and further investment in broadcast production by FIFA’s TV division.

About 2.3 million viewers tuned in to CTV, TSN and RDS to watch Canada’s match against New Zealand, a record for any FIFA Women’s World Cup™ audience in Canada.  

USA against Sweden was watched by 4.5 million viewers on Fox, an American viewing record for any FIFA Women’s World Cup™ group stage match and the most popular football match ever broadcast on the channel.

Japanese audiences are also growing, with 6.1 million fans enjoying FUJI TV’s coverage of their nation’s game against Cameroon, beating all viewing figures from the 2007 edition of the competition and higher than all figures for 2011 except the final.

Germany’s matches have been topping daily German viewing figures and more Chinese viewers are tuning in to watch the competition compared to 2011.

French broadcaster W9 recorded its highest audience on record, attracting 2.2 million viewers for the France-Mexico clash.

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Digital Stats
    9.8m unique visitors to FIFA.com FIFA Women’s World Cup™ section, consuming 101m pages.
    77% increase in daily visitors to FIFA.com FIFA Women’s World Cup™ section compared to 2011.
    64% increase in followers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Facebook Page to 470,000.
    53% increase in followers for @FIFAWWC to 189,000.
     15% increase in followers for FIFA on Instagram to 1.2m.

Fan Zones
The Fan Zone areas have also been a great success for FIFA, the National Organising Committee, and our FIFA Partners and National Supporters. Each location hosts a range of engaging experiences that let fans express their passion for football. So far in the tournament the Fan Zones across the six venues have been well attended with the Vancouver site proving the most popular destination with over 44,000 fans attending the first six opening dates.

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Goal-line Technology
Goal-line technology has been put to effective use in several games so far at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. It proved decisive in the awarding of a goal by Mexico in their 1-1 draw with Colombia on 9 June in Moncton, a goal by Thailand in their 3-2 victory over Côte d’Ivoire in Ottawa on 11 June as well as a goal by Costa Rica in their 2-2 draw with Korea Republic in Montreal on 13 June. Spectators in the stadium and in front of their TV were also able to witness the benefits of the technology as replays of critical incidents were shown in order to have visual confirmation of the “goal” or “no goal” situation. A crucial header on the goal-line by Meghan Klingenberg was one of those examples as the USA-Sweden match ended 0-0 in Winnipeg on 12 June.

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