The U.S. Women’s National Team set a television ratings record during its victory in the final of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup against Japan, making the game the most-watched soccer match in U.S. history. According to FOX, the match clocked in at just under 23 million viewers, an increase of 77% compared to the final of the 2011 Women’s World Cup, a match between the same teams.
FOX said the match started out with around 16 million viewers, but as the game progressed and the goals added up, the count rose to nearly 23 million. According to FOX, the top 5 markets for the game included (from highest to lowest): Kansas City, St. Louis, San Diego, Denver and Austin.
The U.S. fan support during this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup was been nothing short of spectacular, with multiple USWNT players saying the matches felt like they were playing at home. Throngs of USA fans showed up to not only the matches, but also to fan parties, both in Canada and stateside.