The UEFA European Women’s Championship begins on July 6 with hosts England and Austria at Old Trafford.
Tickets for the tournament first became available last year and UEFA expect this to be the best-attended tournament in its history.
A record 240,000 fans attended the Netherlands 2017 tournament, which was won by the hosts who played all their games to packed stadiums. Over 700,000 tickets were made available to fans this year and the first choice for tickets received requests from 118 countries around the world.
The final at Wembley Stadium was overbooked sixfold after 53,000 tickets were sold in advance. Community groups across England were given priority access before general sales began and can still purchase up to 100 tickets at a time.
Despite some players’ criticism of the smaller venues – notably Manchester City’s Academy Stadium – half of the 10 venues have capacities of over 30,000. In less than two weeks, let’s take a look at the current ticketing situation.
Are there still tickets?
Tickets for England’s opener at the 74,000 capacity Old Trafford are sold out, as is the game against Norway at Brighton & Hove Albion’s American Express Community Stadium.
A limited number of tickets for the home game against Northern Ireland at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton were still available at the time of writing, but are likely to sell out soon.
Northern Ireland will play all of their group matches in Southampton, with tickets available for their encounters with Norway and Austria.
Four games in the Group of Death with Germany, Spain, Denmark and Finland are still on sale, as are all six games in Groups C and D.
There are still tickets left for the quarter-final between the winners of group D and the runners-up of group C, the other three are sold out.
The semi-finals in Sheffield and Milton Keynes are both still on sale, while the final at Wembley sold out within 24 hours of going on sale in March and, with over 87,000 spectators, will break the record for most spectators at a women’s football game with tickets sold.
How can you buy tickets?
Tickets are available through UEFA’s official ticketing portal at UEFA.com. It can be tricky to navigate, but once you’re in, it’s really easy to choose which game you want to join.
Prices start at £5 for under 16s, while the maximum price for a general adult ticket is £50 for the final. Non-England group matches have a maximum price of £20 for adults and £10 for concession tickets, while Category 3 adult tickets for these matches can be purchased for just £10.
Hospitality packages are available at seven of the 10 venues and start from £39 for a Ticket+, which gives you a free drink, lounge access and a Category 1 match ticket.
If you’re extra fancy and want to catch a match from a VIP box, prices start at £130pp excl VAT for the group stage and go up to £199pp excl VAT for the final. For more updates you can follow @WEUROTicketing on Twitter.
How many tickets have been sold so far?
UEFA’s Nadine Kessler told the Daily Mail in May that over 400,000 tickets had been sold ahead of the tournament.
Backed by 96,000 sales in 95 countries, including the 16 competing nations and those as far away as the US and China, attendance is expected to dwarf the record set at the previous tournament in 2017.
Last year, 162,000 tickets were sold in advance, and more than 268,000 applications were received for the election in November.
The average age of ticket holders is between 25 and 45, 47 percent are female. It may seem strange that the excitement is so great despite around half of all tickets remaining unsold, but there is hope that sales will continue to pick up as the tournament gets underway and football fever grips the nation.
While the likely attendances at games where the Lionesses do not perform remain a concern, this looks set to be a record-breaking summer for women’s football in Europe.
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