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Attendance numbers for USA 1999 set new marks.

(Sunday, July 11, 1999) -- All six of the U.S. women's games played during USA 1999 were included among the list of the 10 most attended women's soccer games.

10 Biggest Crowds for Women's Soccer (as of Jul 10, 1999)
Attendance Opponents Site Match Date
90,185 USA-China Pasadena, Calif. World Cup Jul 10, 1999
78,972 USA-Denmark
Brazil-Mexico
East Rutherford, N.J. World Cup Jun 19, 1999
76,489 USA-China Athens, Ga. Olympics Aug 1, 1996
73,123 USA-Brazil Palo Alto, Calif. World Cup Jul 4, 1999
65,080 USA-Nigeria
Brazil-Italy
Chicago, Ill. World Cup Jun 24, 1999
65,000 USA-China Guangzhou, China World Cup Nov 30, 1991
64,196 USA-Norway Athens, Ga. Olympics Jul 28, 1996
54,642 USA-Germany
Brazil-Nigeria
Landover, Md. World Cup Jul 1, 1999
50,484 USA-North Korea
Italy-Mexico
Foxborough, Mass. World Cup Jun 27, 1999
46,724 China-Sweden Miami, Fla. Olympics Jul 21, 1996

The grand finale with an attendance figure of 90,185 is the largest crowd ever, across all sports, to watch a women's sporting event and the most-watched soccer game in U.S. television history.

The preliminary national ratings for the United States-China penalty kick decision was a 11.4 with a 31 share. The rating is the percentage of TV households in the United States tuned to a program, and each point represents 994,000 homes.

An estimated 11,300,000 homes and 40,000,000 viewers watched the U.S. women become the first host nation to win the Women's World Cup. As a comparison, those numbers are 20 per cent higher than the numbers of viewers that watched the men's World Cup final between Italy and Brazil, also hosted in the United States, in 1994.

The U.S. men in participation in three games in the 1998 World Cup did not approach the U.S. women's appeal this year. Certainly, the men's lack of success on the field and the venue of the tournament as France instead of the U.S. impacted those results.

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