[Women’s World Cup] I grew up with 32 teams… Leveling up and box office hit that came together
The first quarterfinals without first or second place in the FIFA ranking.
The ‘eternal winner’ disappeared and the number of ‘war’ matches increased, but the number of spectators increased.
Achieved ‘30,000 spectators’, which was not possible with the 24 team system
There is a person who is full of energy watching the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup,
which ended with Spain’s final victory on the 20th.
Gianni Infantino is the FIFA President.
FIFA under President Infantino announced in August 2019 that the size of the Women’s World Cup would be expanded from 24 to 32 teams.
At the time, he said, “It’s time to take concrete measures for the growth of women’s football.”
As a result, there was criticism that women’s football itself was declining in quality,
that only quantitative scale would be poisonous.
Contrary to concerns, it was revealed that women’s football had achieved satisfactory development in both ‘quantity and quality’ at this tournament.
FIFA Women’s Soccer Convention 2023
On the 18th of this month, four years after that, President Infantino grabbed the microphone at the ‘FIFA Women’s Soccer Convention 2023’ and said this.
“Ultimately we were right.” 온라인카지노
◇ Evidence of ‘quality improvement’ is power leveling… “Now every match is a war”
The most distinctive feature of recent women’s football, revealed in this tournament, is the absence of a ‘eternal winner’.
Among the teams advancing to the quarterfinals, we could not find the names of the United States and Germany,
which are ranked first and second in the FIFA rankings.
This is the first time that the world’s No. 1 and No. 2 teams have not advanced to the quarterfinals.
On the other hand, Colombia (25th) was the first team outside the 20th to succeed in reaching the quarterfinals.
Even if the range is expanded to the round of 16, this time the ‘team from the periphery’ has risen the most.
From Canada in 2015, when the first round of 16 tournament took place, to France in 2019,
two teams outside the 20th place passed the group stage.
This year’s tournament has increased the number of teams outside the top 20 to five.
Colombia, Nigeria (40th), Jamaica (43rd), South Africa (54th) and Morocco (72nd) advanced to the round of 16.
In particular, Morocco set a historic milestone by becoming the first Arab country to step on the Women’s World Cup finals,
achieved the feat of reaching the round of 16 for the first time as a top 70 team.
Women’s Football Periphery
Women’s football ‘periphery’ teams in Africa and the Middle East have achieved comparable results
to advanced football teams in Europe with their unique athletic abilities.
Nigerian striker Ifeoma Onumonu, who unfortunately wrapped up his luggage in the quarterfinals after a bloody battle with runner-up England,
went to a penalty shootout, pointed out that a ‘counterattack from the frontier’ had begun.
Right after the game against England, Onumonu emphasized,
“There are many teams that catch up (with strong players) by digesting a lot of international matches.
There has been a change” and “Now every game is a war.”
The result of power leveling is ‘fun’.
Unexpected match results were common, with champion Spain and semifinalist
Australia losing to Japan (0-4) and Nigeria (2-3) respectively in the group stage.
Australia’s ‘legend’ Clare Polkinghorn, who participated in the 5th World Cup,
commented at a press conference on the 3rd,
“This is the reason this tournament was so successful.
Every game is unpredictable.
It just seems crazy.”
◇ box office success catching up with ‘quantitative expansion’…
30,000 spectators, which was not the case with the 24 team system
Women’s World Cup
The Women’s World Cup recorded the highest average spectator in 1999 in the United States.
The average attendance at the time was 37,319.
In the 2007 Chinese tournament, there were 37,218 people.
At the time, ‘an average of 30,000 spectators’ seemed like an easy goal.
However, since the 2015 World Cup in Canada, when the number of participating countries increased to 24,
the average number of spectators remained at around 20,000.
Soccer Fans Limited
Women’s soccer fans are limited, because the number of games they have to visit has increased.
This competition showed the opposite trend.
The number of matches increased to 64 due to the expansion of participating countries,
the average number of spectators increased to about 30,900.
The average number of spectators at the previous tournament, the 2019 World Cup in France,
was only 21,756, about 9,000 fewer than this.
Of course, the center of the box office blast is Australia, the host country.
All seats were sold out in all three of Australia’s matches at Stadium Australia in Sydney.
The opening match against Ireland, the round of 16 against Denmark,
the semi-final against England were all visited by 75,784 people, the maximum number of spectators.
In particular, the match against England drew an average of over 7 million viewers across Australia, the highest record since 2001.
According to Oztam, a ratings research company,
the number of real-time viewers increased to 11.15 million.
However, fans did not only visit the host country Australia or New Zealand.
An average of more than 25,000 spectators attended Korean matches that had no ties to these countries.
Colombia, Morocco, and Germany recorded 24,323, 12,886, and 38,945, respectively.
According to Chairman Infantino, the tournament generated at least $570 million in revenue.
Chairman Infantino emphasized on the 18th,
“There are not many tournaments in men’s soccer that earn more than $500 million in revenue.”