Euro 2022: Attendance record broken with 15 games left, France beat Belgium 2-1

8,173 people who attended France’s 2-1 victory over Belgium at the New York Stadium in Rotherham on Thursday. took total attendance for Women’s Euro 2022 was 248,075.

This exceeds the previous record of 240,055 set at the 2017 final in the Netherlands and we are still only in the group stage.

The average attendance for the first 16 Euro 2022 games was 15,505.

The tournament started at a record pace, breaking the single game attendance record for the competition in the very first game, with 68,871 fans watching host England beat Austria in the first match at Old Trafford in Manchester.

The previous largest audience was 41,301 when Germany beat Norway in the Euro 2013 final in Sweden.

He also broke the group play record in a UEFA Women’s European Championship group match as the previous record was 29,092 in England’s 3–2 win over Finland at the City of Manchester Stadium in 2005.

And while the record has just been broken, it is likely to be broken again only in this tournament, with the final taking place at Wembley Stadium, with a capacity of 90,000, on 31 July.

The crowd celebrates England's goal against Norway.

The record for the highest attendance for a non-hosted game outside of the final has already been broken twice in the past few weeks.

First, 16,819 people watched as Spain beat Finland in Milton Keynes. And then, the next day, 21,342 people watched the Netherlands draw against Sweden in Sheffield.

moving on

The record-breaking moment came as fans gathered to watch France pass Belgium to advance to the knockout stages of the tournament.

An early goal by Cadidiatou Diani put France on the board as the Paris Saint-Germain star landed a header from a cross from Sakina Karshaoui.

But, despite the course of the game and the flurry of pressure from the French, Belgium somehow equalized.

After a dexterous play from left field, Tessa Woollaert’s accurate through pass allowed Janice Cayman to push the ball past the oncoming goaltender and, to the surprise of many, restore parity.

However, this did not last long as Grij Mbok Bati put France in the lead again and headed home again just over five minutes later.

Despite constant pressure in the second half, France failed to convert any of their chances and were awarded a penalty in the last few minutes after the video assistant thought Belgian defender Amber Tisiac was in possession of the ball. She was shown a second yellow card and sent off as a result.

Although captain Wendy Renard’s penalty was saved after a dominant 5-1 win in the first leg against Italy, France advanced to the quarter-finals as Group D winners with a game to spare.

Qualifying as group winners means France will face Group C runners-up, with the Netherlands currently in the lead, ahead of only second-placed Sweden on goal difference, as both sides are tied on points.

“It’s very nice to qualify after the second game.” – Mbok Bati said after. “Our goal was to secure qualifications and that’s what we did tonight.

“I felt good (returning to the starting XI). We have a group with many qualities. We have players that can change, we have a group that can afford to rotate. This is also the strength of the group. What I was able to play today is a great satisfaction and a lot of pride. The fact that I was able to help the team is only happiness.”