The Women’s European Championship began in 1984 with a four-team tournament consisting of Sweden, England, Denmark and Italy.
The championships have grown significantly in terms of the number of nations competing, media coverage and attendance since the inaugural competition 38 years ago, and Euro 2022 could be the biggest yet.
With tickets selling out fast and both Wembley and Old Trafford in use at Euro 2022, a host of new attendance records could be broken in the summer. Here are the record crowds that Euro 2022 hopes to improve.
Sweden hosted Euro 2013, and talismanic Lotte Schelin’s goals helped propel them to the final four, where they faced the might of Germany.
Played at the Gamla Ullevi in Gothenburg, Germany cruised to a 1-0 victory, with Dzsenifer Marozsán scoring the decisive first-half goal to secure his team’s place in the European Championship final for the sixth successive tournament.
The Euro 2001 final drew the biggest crowd for the European Championship in over a decade at Ulm’s Donaustadion.
Hosts Germany beat Sweden 1-0 thanks to Claudia Muller’s goal in extra time, the only time in the history of the European Women’s Championship that the final has been decided thanks to a golden goal.
The third Women’s Euro Cup took place in West Germany in 1989, with West Germany sealing their first title in front of a home crowd of 21,000 at the Stadion an der Bremer Brucke in Osnabruck.
It was a comfortable victory for the hosts, who beat Norway 4-1.
The Euro 2005 final took place at Ewood Park and saw Germany secure their fourth successive European crown with a 3–1 victory over Norway.
As was customary in the Euro 2000 finals, it was the Inka Grings and Birgit Prinz show. The lethal German striker duo each scored a goal, and Grings sealed the tournament’s golden boot.
The third-highest group stage attendance in the history of the European Women’s Championship was set in the opening match of Euro 2017.
Hosts the Netherlands, with their orange army of fans in tow, welcomed Norway to Utrecht’s Stadion Galgenwaard and kicked off their Euro 2017 campaign with a 1-0 victory thanks to Shanice van de Sanden’s goal in the second half.
The home crowd 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’ last game of the tournament as they bowed out in the group stage following a 1–0 loss, Anna Sjostrom scoring the decisive goal in three minutes.
The highest attendance at the Women’s Euro semi-finals came at Euro 2017, when hosts the Netherlands put on an electric performance to book their place in the Women’s Euro final for the first time.
Facing a sea of orange at De Grolsch Veste in Enschede, the Netherlands had an absolute field day down the flanks and won 3-0.
The Netherlands returned to the scene of their semi-final triumph to conclude their memorable campaign at Euro 2017 with a 4-2 victory over Denmark.
Despite losing a goal in less than six minutes, the hosts bounced back, with Vivianne Miedema grabbing a brace, and the Netherlands were crowned European champions in front of a raucous home crowd.
The largest attendance for a group stage match in Euro Women’s history came at the City of Manchester Stadium (as it was then known) for England’s opening match of Euro 2005.
It was a sight to be savored, with England blowing a two-goal lead near the end of regulation time, only for a teenage Karen Carney to come up with a winner in the 91st minute.
Germany versus Norway at Euro 2013 drew an all-time record crowd for the Women’s Euro Cup, with 41,301 in attendance at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.
In the match, Germany secured their eighth European title, the sixth in a row, with a 1-0 win thanks to Anja Mittag’s goal.