Women's Football

Women's Euros: All-time highest attendances

Ali Rampling
Euro 2022 kicked off at Old Trafford in front of over 68,000 people
Euro 2022 kicked off at Old Trafford in front of over 68,000 people / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

The Women's European Championships first began in 1984 with a four team tournament consisting of Sweden, England, Denmark and Italy.

The championships have grown significantly in terms of number of competing nations, media coverage and attendances since the inaugural competition 38 years ago, and Euro 2022 could be the biggest one yet.

With tickets selling fast and both Wembley and Old Trafford in use at Euro 2022, a selection of new attendance records could be broken in the summer. Here are the highest crowds in the history of the Women's European Championships.

10. 22,596 - Switzerland vs Netherlands (2022 group stage)

Romee Leuchter
The Netherlands beat Switzerland in front of an army of Dutch supporters / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

The record attendance for a Euros group stage fixture not involving the host nation was broken on three occasions at Euro 2022. It broken for a third time by Switzerland vs the Netherlands at Bramall Lane in the pair's final group game.

The Netherlands ran out 4-1 winners to finish as group runners up, with Romée Leuchter netting a brace.

9. 25,694 – England vs Sweden (2005 group stage)

Amanda Barr
England crashed out of the Euro 2005 group stages / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

Home crowds turned out in force for England at Euro 2005, with over 25,000 in attendance for their final group match against Sweden at Ewood Park.

It would be the Lionesses' final match of the tournament, as they bowed out at the group stage following a 1-0 loss, Anna Sjostrom scoring the decisive goal inside three minutes.

8. 27,093 – Netherlands vs England (2017 semi-final)

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The Netherlands beat England in the Euro 2017 semi finals / VI-Images/GettyImages

The highest Women's Euros semi final attendance came at Euro 2017, as the hosts the Netherlands turned in an electric performance to book their place in Women's Euros final for the very first time.

In front of a sea of orange at De Grolsch Veste in Enschede, the Netherlands had an absolute field day down the flanks and ran out 3-0 winners.

7. 28,182 – Netherlands vs Denmark (2017 final)

UEFA WEURO 2017"Women:The Netherlands v Denmark"
The Netherlands were crowned European champions with victory over Denmark / VI-Images/GettyImages

The Netherlands returned to the scene of their semi final triumph to wrap up their memorable Euro 2017 campaign with a 4-2 victory over Denmark.

Despite falling a goal down inside six minutes, the hosts rallied, with Vivianne Miedema grabbing a brace, as the Netherlands were crowned champions of Europe in front of a raucous home crowd.

6. 28,847 - England vs Norway (Euro 2022 group stage)

Beth Mead, Leah Williamson
Beth Mead netted three times during England's victory over Norway / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

England came alive at Euro 2022 in their second group fixture, registering a ridiculous 8-0 victory over Norway - a record margin of victory for a European Championships.

Beth Mead stole the show with a hat-trick in front of 28,847 fans at Brighton's Amex Stadium.

5. 28,994 - England vs Spain (2022 quarter final)

Georgia Stanway
Georgia Stanway netted a long range stunner against Spain / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

England returned to the Amex - the site of their famous 8-0 victory over Norway - to play out a much tenser affair against Spain in the quarter finals.

Spain had led 1-0 with six minutes remaining, before Ella Toone netted a late equaliser and Georgia Stanway sent a stunning, swerving strike past Sandra Panos in extra time to send the Lionesses through to the semi finals.

4. 29,092 – England vs Finland (2005 group stage)

Karen Carney
Karen Carney scored the winner as England beat Finland 3-2 / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

The highest attendance for a group stage fixture in Women's Euros history came at the City of Manchester Stadium (as it was known back then) for England's opening match of Euro 2005.

It was a spectacle to savour, with England throwing away a two-goal lead on the stroke of full time, only for a teenage Karen Carney to pop up with a 91st minute winner.

3. 30,785 - Northern Ireland vs England (2022 group stage)

Alessia Russo
Alessia Russo netted a brace against Northern Ireland / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

England signed off their Euro 2022 group stage campaign with a 5-0 victory over Northern Ireland at St Mary's in Southampton. Fran Kirby and Alessia Russo were both on the score sheet with fabulous solo goals.

The game also marked the final Euro 2022 fixture for tournament debutants Northern Ireland, and they danced the evening away in front of a raucous corner of the Green and White Army.

2. 41,301 – Germany vs Norway (2013 final)

Anja Mittag
Anja Mittag scored the decisive goal at the Euro 2013 final / Martin Rose/GettyImages

Germany versus Norway at Euro 2013 attracted a then all-time record crowd for the Women's Euros, with 41,301 in attendance at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.

The match saw Germany secure an eighth European title - their sixth in succession - with a 1-0 victory courtesy of Anja Mittag's goal.

1. 68,781 – England vs Austria (2022 group stage)

Beth Mead
Getting the party started / Robin Jones/GettyImages

England's opening night win over Austria was played in front of a new record crowd at Old Trafford, with 68,781 watching on at the Theatre of Dreams.

Beth Mead's first-half strike, which was allowed after a quick goal-line technology check, kicked off a party atmosphere at the beginning of what could be a memorable summer for the Lionesses.