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Women’s Football Bronze warning for France as Women's World Cup tickets go on sale

by Asif Burhan

PUBLIC sales for the eighth Women’s World Cup begin tomorrow, with host nation France hoping to complete an unprecedented double by winning both men’s and women’s tournaments. 

Next year’s final will be played in Lyon’s Parc OL, home of the French and European champions. Now in her second season at the club, England’s Lucy Bronze can feel the anticipation, and pressure, mounting.

“The final’s at Lyon, all the Lyon French girls have been at Lyon their whole life,” Bronze said. “For them it’s really, really special. I think for some of them it’s going to be their pinnacle, playing in France, and the final’s in a place where they call home — but I’ve told them all that England are winning it!”

A record 1.35 million spectators attended the 52 matches in Canada in 2015 and 1.3 million tickets will be available this time from a saleable capacity of over 1.6 million.

French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet emphasised: “This event must and will be a popular and family celebration, accessible to as many people as possible.”

Le Graet added: “The first Fifa Women’s World Cup on French soil has to be a success. We are proud to be putting on this exciting sporting show but it is also a magnificent symbol that goes beyond just football and the pleasure of playing.”

Three of the stadiums used during Euro 2016 — in Paris, Lyon and Nice — will be used again next summer. Three others, in Montpellier, Reims and Rennes, are Ligue 1 stadiums. Grenoble, Le Harve and Valenciennes currently host Ligue 2 football. 

Former England international Alex Scott, who represented the Lionesses in three successive tournaments, is relishing the prospect. 

“I’m excited because I feel we’re on the cusp of something special in women’s football,” she said. “You can really feel the excitement building around the game. Every World Cup gets better and better, a bigger scale, more fans coming to the stadiums. I really do believe France will be special in terms of getting the fans into the stadiums.”

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