- Viewers (averaged on Fox): 15.6 million
There were 15.6 million people who tuned in to see the U.S. women's team beat the Netherlands to become the champions of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. The sizeable audience proved that U.S. sports fans are hungry to watch a talented team don the red, white, and blue and win matches on the pitch—or at least participate.
Fortunately for those soccer fans, the U.S. embarks on another World Cup journey to close out 2022. Arguably, Head coach Gregg Berhalter has the best background to build a squad compared to any other United States men's soccer team manager with his experience as both player and coach, domestically and internationally.
Still, it may be difficult for the men's national team to earn the views and the results the likes of Becky Sauerbrunn, Alex Morgan, and Megan Rapinoe did in 2019.
Although there was a 39% drop in viewership from 2015, Sports Media Watch reported the 2019 Women's World Cup Final attracted the largest soccer audience on one network since the 2015 women's final. It also drew 3.1 million more people compared to Men's World Cup final in 2018 featuring France and Croatia. Sports Media Watch noted the combined viewership between Fox and Telemundo of the France-Croatia final was larger at 17.8 million viewers. The fan base for this event is evident, especially considering the 2015 women's final (where the U.S. defeated Japan 5-2 to win the World Cup) is still the most-watched soccer match in U.S. TV history with 25.4 million viewers.
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