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Free Lionesses statement on Women’s World Cup ticketing

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Following the release of tickets for this summer’s Women’s World Cup and the problems reported by fans, Deborah Dilworth from the England women’s fanzine Free Lionesses said:

“To find out just 18 days before the tournament kicks off that friends and families who have bought tickets face the prospect of not being seated together, and especially that parents might not be able to sit with their children, threatens to spoil a keenly anticipated summer of football.

“Our experience of the large numbers of fans who’ve reported groups and even pairs of tickets bought months in advance being located in different areas of the stadium suggests that the problem is greater than the “less than 1% of fans requesting tickets for the semi-final and final” that Fifa have claimed. 

“While we don’t believe for a moment that Fifa deliberately set out to make these errors, we are sure that they have the means to rectify them ahead of the tournament, and ensure that all fans can enjoy the matches at the Women’s World Cup together.”

Free Lionesses, our fans’ embassy service, will be at each England game at this summer’s tournament. For more information see

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