FIFA Women's World Cup Group Stage Matches Bring Excitement To Over 33M People Across Europe on Eurosport

FIFA Women’s World Cup Group Stage Matches Bring Excitement To Over 33M People Across Europe on Eurosport

Paris, June 18, 2015 – As the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup enters into the knockout stages, figures prove that people are tuning in to watch the exciting brand of football across Europe on Eurosport, with 33.8 million different people* already watching the tournament on the two channels at the mid-way point.

“We are only just coming out of the group stages and this year’s Women’s World Cup has already been an exciting one, with some promising figures demonstrating the popularity of women’s football on our platform. Eurosport’s early engagement in women’s football throughout Europe has proved to be a smart move. The authenticity of the women’s game provides a fresh viewing experience and it will be exciting to see where the sport sits in ten years as the popularity grows, more people watch and participate and the potential of the marketplace is realised. No doubt that Eurosport will continue to play a key role in its development. ” says Arnaud Simon, SVP, Content and Production for the Eurosport Group.

So far, the most viewed match of the 2015 tournament was between France and England, with an average live audience of 1.2 million Europeans tuning in to Eurosport to see one of the favourites, France beat England 1-0 thanks to a goal from Eugenie Le Sommer. The best ever average live audience for the Women’s World Cup achieved on Eurosport was the first final aired on the channel in 2003 with an audience of 2.4 million fans glued to the television to see Germany beat Sweden 2-1 in the USA hosted tournament.

Stats throughout the 2015 edition have shown that the tournament has been one to draw spectators in boasting an average of three goals per match, more than the average for the Men’s World Cup last year. Germany has played the most attacking style of football, scoring 15 goals from 43 shots in the opening three games and will hope to take that form into their match against Sweden on Saturday.

As England approach their last sixteen match against 1995 World Cup winners Norway, Fran Kirby hopes to replicate her ‘mini Messi’ magic displayed against Mexico and lead “The Lionesses” to a fourth quarter-finals, a stage from which they have never progressed.

Eurosport brings extensive live coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup across 50 countries in Europe and produces the show “Women’s World”, featuring exclusive interviews, reports, insights, statistics and highlights.

All eight matches of the Round of 16 will be broadcast live as follows:

Saturday 20 June
21:00 – 23:00 Germany – Sweden Live on British Eurosport

Sunday 21 June
00:30 – 02:30: China – Cameroon Live on British Eurosport
18:00 – 20:00: Brazil – Australia live on British Eurosport 2
20:00 – 20:45: “Women’s World” show on British Eurosport 2
20:45 – 23:00: France – South Korea Live on British Eurosport 2

Monday 22 June
00:30 – 02:30: Canada – Switzerland Live on British Eurosport
21:30 – 21:45: “Women’s World” show on British Eurosport
21:45 – 00:00: England – Norway Live on British Eurosport

Tuesday 23 June
01:00 – 03:00: USA – Colombia Live on British Eurosport

Wednesday 24 June
02:45 – 05:00: Japan – Netherlands Live on British Eurosport 2

*Source: local official people meters/AdvantEdge

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