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Euro 2013

Fans flock to women's football

Published lördag 20 juli 2013 kl 11.03
Sweden will face Iceland on Sunday. Photo: Björn Larsson Rosvall/Mikael Fritzon/Scanpix. Montage: Sveriges Radio

SVT/Sweden's sports arenas are struggling to keep up with the public demand for tickets to the 2013 European Football Championships in Sweden.

In the group stage Sweden's women's team played for a sold-out crowd of 16,500, but will now have a quarter-final match in a stadium that holds less than half as many supporters.

"It would have been cool if we'd had the chance to play in bigger arenas, then they would also have been filled up", says Swedish defender Charlotte Rohlin to Swedish Television News.

"Before the Italy match we had 8,000 tickets left for the semifinal, now we have 80 left, even though no ones knows whether Sweden will reach a semifinal," says Thomas Walfridsson, Euro organiser in Gothenburg.

The Euros in Sweden take place in a range of arenas, from Örjans Vall in Halmstad, with seating for 7,500, to Friends Arena in Stockholm, which seats 50,000. Matches were divided up to make sure that Halmstad, Gothenburg, Kalmar, Växjö, Linköping and Norrköping all got to host four.

The director of the tournament, Göran Havik, says that he stands by their decision three and a half years ago, "when the decision was taken interest for women's football was far lower than it is today." He says it is better to have fully-booked arenas than half full ones.

Sweden will play Iceland on Sunday, in their fourth sold-out arena.

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