We were promised sell-outs for the Women’s World Cup – so why the empty seats?

Women's World Cup 2019

Following a season of domestic showpieces across Europe, including a record crowd of 60,739 watching Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano in March, there were hopes of attendance records continuing to tumble this summer.

This Women’s World Cup was trumpeted as the best and biggest to date, and communication from FIFA declared multiple matches as sell-outs (which they have since revised). Such hopes seemed justified.

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