Ticket sales for England’s scheduled Wembley clash with the United States in October have reached 65,000 in less than 24 hours.
The Football Association announced at 2pm on Tuesday that the Lionesses will return to the scene of Sunday’s Euro 2022 triumph on October 7 to take on reigning world champions USA, provided they have the World Cup in September -Qualification secured.
And a message on the official Lionesses Twitter account Wednesday morning read: “YOU ARE AMAZING. 65,000 tickets have already been sold for our October international match against the USA!”
The ticketing site briefly crashed on Tuesday due to high demand.
It comes after a crowd of 87,192 – the largest ever attendance at a EURO match, male or female – saw the Lionesses beat Germany 2-1 in extra time at the stadium over the weekend as they clinched their first major trophy.
Sarina Wiegman’s side will be back in action with the World Cup qualifiers against Austria on September 3 and three days later at Stoke’s bet365 stadium against Luxembourg – the latter game having sold 20,000 tickets by midday Tuesday.
England currently top their World Cup qualifying group with a maximum of 24 points from eight games and a draw against second-placed Austria would seal qualification for next year’s spectacle in Australia and New Zealand.
The FA said that if England were to play in October’s World Cup play-offs, anyone with a ticket to the US game would be entitled to a refund and be able to buy a play-off ticket . and that it and the United States Federation would work to reschedule the game.
The teams have never met at Wembley before and most recently met when England, then under Phil Neville, were defeated 2-0 in the 2020 SheBelieves Cup.
Last summer, the United States defeated England 2-1 in the semi-finals of the World Cup in France.
Meanwhile, the FA has said “extensive consultations” are ongoing with clubs and stakeholders about the ownership model for the Super League and Women’s Championship.
Just ahead of Euro 2022, Baroness Sue Campbell, the FA’s director of women’s football, spoke about plans to set up a new subsidiary for the leagues, which are being discussed with clubs, saying: “We don’t want to set up an independent company until we’re mine sure of its financial sustainability. And to be honest, that’s not going to happen until we get the next broadcast deal. So that’s a few years away.
“So we’ve said that we’re going to do this, which is essentially a transitional structure, from January 2023 to 2026.”
The Telegraph has reported that a majority of WSL clubs have urged the FA to speed up the appointment of a new independent chief executive for the league at a meeting last week amid fears the Euros’ success will be hampered by the top flight is not fully utilized.
An FA spokesman said: “The FA continues to work with our clubs and stakeholders towards the formation of a wholly owned subsidiary for the Women’s Super League and Championship.
“Extensive consultations are ongoing with both groups as we finalize the details and timeline of the transition plan for both leagues.
“To ensure we have everything necessary in place, appropriate time will be taken to announce the outcome of this consultation in early 2023.”
Chelsea boss Emma Hayes wrote in the Telegraph on Tuesday that WSL “must be taken out of the hands of the FA and turned over to a commercial operation that has experience in developing the sport both in terms of broadcasting and the product that surrounds it to expand”. an “absolute priority”.
When asked about Hayes’ comments, FA Director of Women’s Professional Play Kelly Simmons told talkSPORT: “It won’t be quick but we’ve been talking to clubs over the last year and a half about how the longer-term ownership model can work for the WSL and the championship is looking and we have another meeting with the clubs in September.
“When the time is right and we have agreed on what is the best longer-term model and who is involved in it, we want to move it forward.
“So it won’t sit in the FA, not even likely in the medium term, certainly not in the longer term. The FA has invested and is building significantly, but it needs to evolve and come out of the FA across the board and be either a standalone entity in its own right or a joint partnership, and those are just the last bits we’re examining.