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The FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 is on track to be the most attended in the competition's history: 1.5M tickets sold already

FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 is all set to be the most attended Women's World Cup ever with 1.5M tickets sold already in Australia and NZ.

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The record-breaking tournament keeps getting better as today a family from Aotearoa New Zealand made history by purchasing the 1,500,000th ticket for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™. Maria Strong took the lead in organizing an exciting family outing to watch the thrilling Group G match between Italy and Argentina at Auckland's Eden Park, all to celebrate her son's 12th birthday. It's incredible to see the enthusiasm and support from fans around the world!

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino with the 1500000 FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 ticket holder during the Group G match between Italy and Argentina at Eden Park on July 24, 2023 in Auckland (Photo by Harold Cunningham/FIFA)

Mrs Strong, her husband, and three children were overjoyed when they received an exclusive invitation to meet the esteemed FIFA President, Gianni Infantino. President Infantino graciously extended an incredible opportunity for them to attend the remaining matches of the tournament at the captivating Auckland venue. During the unforgettable encounter, President Infantino expressed his deep honour in celebrating the remarkable milestone of 1,500,000 tickets with Maria Strong and her beloved family.

"It was great to meet the family that has bought the 1,500,000-ticket, they are a family from Auckland with three children and they have a passion for the game," said Mr. Infantino. "I enjoyed my time with them, and it was a real pleasure to invite them to every game here in Auckland, so they can enjoy more family time here at this wonderful stadium. Every match at Eden Park so far has had a great atmosphere and I'm sure the upcoming matches will be the same."

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It is truly remarkable to witness the continuous achievements of this tournament, which has already accomplished several milestones and shattered numerous records, both on a global scale and within the two host nations. The astonishing news of selling 1.5 million tickets within just five days of the tournament not only surpasses the initial sales target but also guarantees that these finals will be the most widely attended FIFA Women's World Cup™ in history, exceeding the previous record set by the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015™. Furthermore, the opening games of the tournament have drawn an unprecedented number of spectators for women's football matches, with 75,784 attendees for the Australia versus Republic of Ireland match in Australia and 42,137 attendees for the New Zealand versus Norway match in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Accompanied by her husband, Jason Roxburgh, and their children Isobel (12), Boston (11) and Harry (9), Mrs. Strong said it has been a fantastic experience and simple to plan.

"Boston is a real football-loving fanatic so we thought attending this match would be a great family outing," said Mrs Strong. "We purchased the tickets last night and it's been such a great night: we're from Botany in Auckland, so caught the train in and even though it's a school night, it's been amazing and so easy."

With a family-friendly atmosphere and world-class football, Mrs Strong said the family was instantly hooked.

"Aside from when Boston is playing, we haven't watched much football, but we loved this game, have absolutely loved the atmosphere, and we will be back to watch," she added.

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