Thursday 20 July 2023, 12:30

Crowd records tumble as Australia & New Zealand 2023 opens in spectacular fashion

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ has kicked-off in stunning style with a number of attendance records set on the opening day. New Zealand commenced the ninth edition of the tournament at Eden Park in Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau with a memorable 1-0 win against former champions Norway in front of 42,137 spectators. The figure is an all-time high for a football match in the country, eclipsing the previous mark of 37,034 set when New Zealand hosted Peru in an intercontinental play-off for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

General view inside the stadium during the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 Group A match between New Zealand and Norway

Australia’s hard-fought 1-0 win over Republic of Ireland was played in front of 75,784 spectators at Stadium Australia, Sydney/Wangal, easily surpassing the previous mark (50,629) for a Matildas’ home match set against France just six days ago. The Stadium Australia attendance was also the third highest at a FIFA Women’s World Cup - and the highest for 24 years - behind matchdays at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl and New York/New Jersey’s Giants Stadium at USA ‘99. The cumulative attendance of 117,921 was the highest for an opening matchday at two different venues. While tickets for some matches may be currently unavailable, fans should monitor for last-minute offers, or head to for an enhanced experience.