Ticket sales for 65,000 Lionesses friendlies in the US in less than 24 hours

Ticket sales for England’s Wembley match against the United States in October reached 65,000 in less than 24 hours.

The Football Association announced at 2pm on Tuesday that the Lionesses would return to the Euro 2022 triumph stage on Sunday to face defending world champions the USA on October 7, subject to securing qualification for the World Cup in September.

And a message on the Lionesses’ official Twitter account Wednesday morning read: “YOU ARE AWESOME. 65,000 tickets have already been sold for our October international against the US!”

The ticketing site briefly went down on Tuesday amid massive demand.

This comes after a crowd of 87,192 – the biggest crowd ever for a men’s or women’s Euro Cup match – saw the Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 after extra time in the stadium over the weekend, securing their first big win. trophy of your history.

Sarina Wiegman’s team will be back in action with the World Cup qualifiers against Austria on 3 September and then Luxembourg at Stoke’s bet365 stadium three days later – ticket sales for the final game reached 20,000 at half-time. Tuesday day.

England currently lead their World Cup qualifying group with a maximum of 24 points from eight matches and would secure qualification for next year’s final in Australia and New Zealand with a draw against second-placed Austria.

England with the Euro Cup trophy on Sunday (Adam Davy/PA).

The FA said that should England have to play the World Cup play-off in October, anyone with a ticket for the US game will be entitled to a refund and given the opportunity to purchase a play-off ticket. and that she and the US federation would work to agree a new date for the game.

The teams have never met at Wembley before and last met when England, then under Phil Neville, lost 2-0 in the SheBelieves Cup in 2020.

The previous summer, the United States beat England 2-1 in the World Cup semi-final in France.

Meanwhile, the FA said “wide consultation is underway” with clubs and stakeholders on the Superliga and Women’s Championship ownership model.

Negotiations are ongoing over the Superliga and Women's Championship (Mark Kerton/PA) ownership model.

Negotiations are ongoing over the Superliga and Women’s Championship (Mark Kerton/PA) ownership model.

Shortly before Euro 2022, Baroness Sue Campbell, director of women’s football at the FA, spoke about plans to create a new subsidiary company for the leagues she was discussing with clubs, saying: “We don’t want to launch an independent company until it has certainty of its financial sustainability. And to be honest, that won’t happen until we have the next broadcast deal. So that’s a couple of years away.

“So we said we will do this, which is essentially an interim framework, from January 2023 to 2026.”

The Telegraph reported that most WSL clubs asked the FA to speed up the appointment of a new independent chief executive to the league at a meeting last week, amid concern that the Euro’s success will not be fully capitalized on for the first time. division.

An FA spokesperson said: “The FA continues to work with our clubs and stakeholders on creating a wholly owned subsidiary for the Superliga and Women’s Championship.

Baroness Sue Campbell spoke about a plan for a new subsidiary company for the WSL and Championship last month (Zac Goodwin/PA).

Baroness Sue Campbell spoke about a plan for a new subsidiary company for the WSL and Championship last month (Zac Goodwin/PA).

“Extensive consultations are ongoing with both groups as we map out the details and timeline for the transition plan for both leagues.

“To ensure that we have everything that is needed, adequate time will be taken, with the aim of being able to announce the result of this consultation in early 2023.”

Writing in the Telegraph on Tuesday, Chelsea boss Emma Hayes said the WSL being “taken out of the hands of the FA and handed over to a commercial operation with experience growing the sport in terms of broadcast and product around it” had to be an “absolute priority”.

When FA Women’s Professional Game Director Kelly Simmons was asked about Hayes’ comments, she told talkSPORT: about what the long-term ownership model looks like for the WSL and Championship, and we have another meeting again in September. with the clubs.

“When the time is right and we agree on what is the best long-term model and who is involved in that, the plan is to take it forward.

“So it won’t stay in the FA, even probably in the medium term, certainly not in the long term. The FA has invested significantly and is building, but it needs to evolve and get out of the FA in the future and be a standalone company in its own right or a joint partnership, and that’s just the final bits that we’re exploring.”

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