87,192 fans watched the Lionesses triumph in a 2-1 victory at Wembley Stadium on Sunday (31 July), a turn-out which became the highest total recorded in both men’s and women’s editions of the tournament.
The record was previously held by a men’s game in 1964, when an audience of 79,115 watched the final between Spain and the Soviet Union at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.
In terms of attendance at women’s football, the record was initially broken earlier on in this year’s tournament when 68,871 fans were in the stands at Old Trafford to watch England take on Austria in the 2022 opening match.
Last year’s men’s Euro final between England and Italy was attended by 67,000 spectators, when Wembley Stadium was operating at reduced capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Women in Football CEO, Yvonne Harrison said: “The Lionesses’ amazing triumph is a historic moment and the start of the next phase for women’s football.
“With a combined TV and online audience of more than 23 million enjoying an atmosphere of dreams, this result will help to change perceptions for years to come.
Ms Harrison said she hopes the legacy of the Women’s Euros will trigger a move for girls to have equal access to football in school - and to result in more women qualifying as coaches and officials.
She continued: “Role models on and off the pitch are so important, and that includes roles in football leadership and administration – which is why we at Women in Football do what we do and strive for gender equality right across the football industry.
“I also can’t wait for the start of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and Championship to see how this translates, as consistently larger crowds are central to the commercial growth of women’s football.”
The Lionesses, led by manager Sarina Wiegman, have gripped the nation as they stormed to the final - a run which reached a thrilling climax this weekend when Chloe Kelly scored the winning goal during extra time.
Ella Toone scored the opening goal earlier in the match.
The team made history by securing the elusive trophy - as England Women have never before won a World Cup or Euros.
This victory also secured the first major tournament title for the country since 1966, when England Men beat West Germany 4-2 in the FIFA World Cup final.
But the records don’t stop there. The Guinness Book of World Records just announced that during this year’s tournament the Lionesses scored the most goals ever at a UEFA Women’s European Championships (22).
Golden Boot winner and Player of the Tournament winner Beth Mead also holds the record for the most goals scored at a UEFA Women’s European Championships by a single football player (6).
She shares this record with Alexandra Popp (Germany) who achieved this record at the same tournament, and Inka Grings (Germany) who achieved it in 2009.