More than one billion viewers tuned in to watch this summer’s Women’s World Cup, according to FIFA.
The tournament, which saw the United States defend their title as champions, attracted a record-breaking 1.12 billion as the average viewers per match more than doubled from the previous tournament.
The final, in which the Netherlands lost to the US 2-0, also attracted an average live audience of 82.18 million.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino said: “More than a sporting event, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 was a cultural phenomenon attracting more media attention than ever before and providing a platform for women’s football to flourish in the spotlight.
"The fact we broke 1 billion shows the pulling power of the women's game.
"If we promote and broadcast world-class football widely, whether it's played by men or women, the fans will always want to watch."
England’s Lionesses - lead by former Manchester United defender Phil Neville - went into the tournament as one of the favourites, but were beaten by the US at the semi-final stage.
It was their success on the world stage which helped act as a catalyst to help promote the women’s game, with the likes of Lucy Bronze and joint-tournament top scorer Ellen White becoming firm favourites.
As a result, England have sold out Wembley for a November friendly against Germany and are set to break the all-time attendance record for a women’s football match.
The Women’s Super League - the top domestic division in the UK - has also received title sponsorship from Barclays in a deal believed to be worth more than £10million.
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