England’s 4-0 MAULING of Sweden was watched by 11.3M viewers after BBC announced official figures

England’s incredible Euro 2022 semi-final win over Sweden was watched by 11.3MILLION across the BBC… with Lionesses’ 4-0 victory becoming one of the most-watched TV events of the year

  • According to BBC figures 9.3million viewers watched England beat Sweden 4-0
  • The semifinal is now officially one of the most-watched events so far this year
  • An extra 2m spectators also tuned in through BBC Sport and the iPlayer app 

The BBC have announced the official viewing figures for England’s stunning 4-0 win over Sweden on Tuesday night, with 11.3million people watching the victory. 

The total TV audience reached 9.3m, while an additional 2m viewers streamed the match through BBC apps, as the emphatic display shot up the viewing charts to become one of the most-watched events on television this year. 

And the Lionesses put on a performance deserving of the huge viewership as they blew away one of women’s football’s traditional powerhouses in Sweden in a spectacular 90 minutes.  

England’s spectacular 4-0 win over Sweden in the EURO22 semis was watched by 9.3million

Goals from Beth Mead, Lucy Bronze, Alessia Russo and Fran Kirby stylishly sent the Lionesses through to Sunday’s Wembley final against either France or Germany. 

And the best goal of the game came from super-sub Alessia Russo, who somehow managed to backheel the ball through Swedish ‘keeper Hedvig Lindahl’s legs for England’s third of the night.

The enormous viewing figures continue to prove the growth in support that women’s football has undergone in the UK in recent years, regularly reaching millions of viewers. 

The viewing figures for the dramatic match trumped the numbers boasted by Eurovision, which drew a peak audience of 8.9m UK viewers, and the 3.9m who tuned in for Paul McCartney’s three-hour set at Glastonbury. 

The 4-0 drubbing of one of women's football's powerhouses put England through to the final

The 4-0 drubbing of one of women’s football’s powerhouses put England through to the final

And it even drew level with the 11.2m viewers drawn to the televised celebrations of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, although that number refers to the average attendance, as opposed to the peak audience estimated at more than 13m. 

This is perhaps helped by the fact that much of the Women’s Super League (WSL) is shown on free-to-air TV, making it far more accessible than its male counterpart, the Premier League.

And it is testament to how fair the sport’s popularity has come that England’s last appearance in a major Women’s international final in 2009 was only watched by 1.4m viewers, a figure dwarfed by the support the Lionesses have received this summer. 

But as impressive as this growth is, it is still 400,000 short of the record numbers for an England Women’s international, recorded when the Lionesses lost to perennial winners the USA in the semifinals of the World Cup three years ago. 

The Lionesses now have the chance to beat Germany or France and lift the trophy at Wembley

The Lionesses now have the chance to beat Germany or France and lift the trophy at Wembley

The FA will be confident that this Sunday’s showpiece finale – against either Germany or France – will not only end in a victory at Wembley for the hosts, but yet another smashed record, too. 

The task now that football’s governing body is faced with is to translate the evident support into provision at a grass roots level, in order to help provide young women and girls across the country with a path into a sport with undeniable support. 

This tournament has already seen spectator records shattered, after the overall Women’s EUROs attendance record was smashed whilst the competition was still in the group stages.

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