The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2010 in Germany has set a new attendance record for FIFA women’s youth competitions. On Saturday 31 July 2010, a day before the Final in Bielefeld (3 pm CET, live on Eurosport) and the third place match being held immediately before, OC President Steffi Jones was able to announce 397,385 spectators at a press conference held together with FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. 12.418 fans on average will have followed the 32 matches in Augsburg, Bielefeld, Bochum and Dresden. The previous record was set in 2008 at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Chile, where 351,309 people cheered on the cream of women’s youth football.
A total of 125,609 spectators will have attended by Sunday the matches of the German team (average of 20,934), though fans have also treated the other teams to a real FIFA World Cup atmosphere. For instance, the quarter-final match between Mexico and Korea Republic in Dresden’s Rudolf Harbig Stadium was witnessed by no fewer than 21.200 spectators.
FIFA usually publishes ticket sales for each match individually, even if two matches are held one immediately after the other in the same stadium. For “double-headers” like these, unlike sales figures published previously, the number of entry tickets sold will now be doubled for the purposes of the official statistics. Overall, 236,329 tickets were sold for the tournament with double-header tickets allowing access to both matches.
"This attendance record proves the levels of interest in women’s football in Germany,"said OC President Steffi Jones. "We are delighted to see so many children and families coming to the matches alongside traditional football fans. This great response from the public is also a very positive signal ahead of the Women’s World Cup 2011."
Sales for the first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in Germany are already very promising. A year before kick-off, some 250,000 tickets have already been snapped up – around a third of what is available on general sale. The sale of individual tickets gets under way on 15 September 2010. "Our goal for 2011 is to have every stadium sold out for all 32 matches," the OC President explained.
900 volunteers pitching in
As well as the record attendance figures, there are plenty of other impressive numbers related to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The tournament has about 250 people working for either FIFA or the OC, as well as 5,000 stewards and 900 volunteers, whose tasks include looking after the 394 accredited media representatives and the 3,136 special guests. A total of 6,056 accreditations were given out for all sectors, while OC President Steffi Jones will have covered some 7,790 kilometres travelling between the OC offices in Frankfurt, the headquarters in Düsseldorf and the various venues.
"The U-20 Women’s World Cup has been a real joint effort, and the OC has come through it with flying colours. It has been ideal preparation for the team for the enormous challenge ahead of us in summer 2011," Steffi Jones concluded.