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Women's World Cup coverage increases
« on: September 07, 2007, 07:07:30 AM »
The fifth Women's World Cup kicking off in China next week will be broadcast to more than 200 countries and territories, up 25% from the last tournament in the United States four years ago.
Fifa said new heights would be reached in global television viewership as popularity of the women's game soars.

"This year's event will set yet another benchmark in terms of event coverage," said Worawi Makudi, chairman of the Committee for Women's Football who is also a member of Fifa's Executive Committee.

"The impressive interest of broadcasters and the extent of coverage of the Fifa Women's World Cup makes us very proud about what has been achieved over the last decade, particularly with regard to the level of play.

"I am convinced that the performances of the 16 teams over the next three weeks will further enhance this trend."

Only eight years ago, the Women's World Cup was broadcast in just 67 countries. By 2003, it had swollen to 144 territories worldwide with a cumulative television audience of 526 million viewers.

More than 26 million women now play football, amounting to 10 percent of the world's footballers, according to Fifa.

This year's World Cup will be played in five cities across China from September 10-30.