Doha (EFE).- FIFA made public this Saturday various data on the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar 2022, among which stand out the influx of 96% in the stadiums and the 131 decibels that reached the shouts of encouragement in the stadium. match between Uruguay and South Korea at the Ciudad de la Educación stadium.
The organization values the cumulative attendance of 2.45 million viewers, which is equivalent to an average of 96% of the capacity and exceeds the 2.17 million reached in the same period during the 2018 edition.
The match between Argentina and Mexico, played at the Lusail Stadium, welcomed 88,966 spectators -full-, the highest number of spectators in the history of the World Cup since the 1994 final which was played in Los Angeles.
More data on the World Cup in Qatar: the “first times”
A World Cup which will bring together for the first time in history teams from five continents in the round of 16 and three AFC teams (Australia, Japan and Republic of Korea), a record for an Asian confederation which had until then reaches a maximum of two representatives in this phase of the contest.
Moreover, for the second time in history – the first dates back to 2014 – two African teams (Senegal and Morocco) are still alive after the group stage.
“The result of the group stage shows how many more countries have acquired the tools to compete at the highest level. These advances are the result of better preparation and analysis of rivals, which in turn responds to fairer access to technology. This is a development in line with the work that FIFA is carrying out to increase the competitiveness of football around the world,” said Arsene Wenger, director of global football development at FIFA, in a press release.
The organization chaired by Gianni Infantino also questioned the fact that “history bears the name of a woman at Qatar 2022”, noting that Stéphanie Frappart became the first referee to whistle a World Cup match. in Germany-Costa Rica, and Neuza Back and Karen Díaz Medina form with her the first female referee trio of the competition.
Audience records in different countries
A World Cup never seen before, with stadiums at a maximum distance of 70 kilometers which allowed fans to enjoy several matches a day, many of them choosing the Doha metro, inaugurated in 2019, and the network of Lusail tramway. , which made 9.19 million trips, with a daily average of 707,032 passengers.
As for television audiences, the World Cup in Qatar breaks records in different countries.
The England-USA match was the most-watched men’s soccer game on US TV, peaking at over 19 million on FOX, according to FIFA data.
In addition, in Argentina, the audience for the Albiceleste match against Mexico reached 81% screen share and an average of 36 million Japanese watched their match against Costa Rica on the second day of the FIFA Cup. world on television.