The opening match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011 will set a new European attendance record for women’s football.

It was announced today that over 50,000 tickets have already been sold for the clash between hosts Germany and Canada at Berlin’s Olympiastadion on 26 June 2011.

The previous record was set on 22 April 2009, when 44,825 fans watched the international friendly match between Germany and Brazil live at the Frankfurt World Cup Arena.

The Opening Match of the first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in Germany has already surpassed the attendance figures from the previous two editions of the tournament (28,098 at China 2007 and 24,346 at USA 2003). The worldwide record for a FIFA Women’s World Cup Opening Match was 78,972 for the duel between USA and Denmark at the Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey in 1999.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 1999 also set an attendance record for a single match, when a total of 90,185 spectators turned out to watch USA beat China PR (the Americans won 5-4 on penalties) in the final at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

“More important than the record is the fact that this positive trend is continuing, and more and more fans are taking an interest in women’s football both in Germany and around the world. I’m looking forward to a fantastic Opening Match in front of 74,000 spectators in Berlin,” said Local Organising Committee President Steffi Jones.

A total of 430,000 tickets have already been sold for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011.

Individual tickets are still available until 31 December 2010 via the official internet site, as well as the hotline 01805 / 06 2011 (€0.14 cents / min from German landlines, mobile prices may vary).

The fourth sales phase starts on 20 January 2011. If ordering in this phase, fans can specify alternative pairings for their preferred matches. Subsequent allocation of tickets will be on the basis of a random lottery draw.

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