6.1m viewers watched England’s win over Scotland in Women’s World Cup

England’s World Cup victory over Scotland breaks record for most-watched women’s game in the UK as 6.1MILLION viewers tune in

  • Sunday’s match in Nice attracted a peak of 6.1million watching on television 
  • England made a winning start to campaign as they beat debutants Scotland 2-1
  • Phil Neville’s England face Argentina in their second Group D match on Friday  

England’s win over Scotland in the Women’s World Cup was the UK’s most watched women’s football match of all time, with a peak 6.1m audience – three times bigger than the men commanded for their Nations League win over Switzerland

The figure for the home nations’ World Cup opener – 37.8 per cent of the available audience – comfortably beat the previous best 4m, for England’s Euro 2017 semi-final against Holland. 

The average audience throughout the Scotland game was 4.7m.

A record 6.1million viewers watched England’s victory over Scotland in Women’s World Cup – Nikita Parris (right) is pictured celebrating her opening goal in Nice

Though the men’s Nations League third-place play-off against the Swiss was only available on Sky Sports pay-per-view, the numbers were far lower with a peak of 1.89m. 

The average audience figure for the men was 1.07m, less than a quarter of the women’s game equivalent.

Manager Phil Neville said after the 2-1 win that the cooler climate in Le Havre, where they face Argentina on Friday, ‘might suit us.’ 

Claire Emslie (No 18) pulled a goal back for Scotland but England held after going two up

But he said a lesson would be learned from the way the team tired against the Scots.

Neville said: ‘That’s a learning curve for us, about managing our energy through the game. 

‘The substitution of [defender] Millie [Bright, with a shoulder injury] threw us because the plan was to bring one midfielder and two forwards on to give a little more energy up front because we press from the front but Millie coming off gave us something else to consider which was disappointing.’

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