Despite FIFA ticket boast, most World Cup games not sold out


Australia's fans cheer for their team prior the start of the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Australia and Italy at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Australia's fans cheer for their team prior the start of the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Australia and Italy at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)


Italy's fan waits for the start of the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Australia and Italy at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)


Fans cheer for their teams prior the start of the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Australia and Italy at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)


NICE, France (AP) — FIFA says 14 of 52 Women’s World Cup games have sold out, a month after boasting only a “few matches” still had tickets available.

The governing body provided ticketing details in response to questions from The Associated Press.

Of the nine games in the opening four days of the tournament, the only capacity games were host France’s victory over South Korea in Paris and Brazil’s win over Jamaica in Grenoble.

On the Women’s World Cup Twitter account on May 7, FIFA wrote that “You can still buy tickets for a few matches” — despite it now being apparent more than 70 percent of games were not at capacity.

FIFA did not respond to a question about the tweet.

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Australia’s fans cheer for their team prior the start of the Women’s World Cup Group C soccer match between Australia and Italy at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/06/web1_123019726-e0b4869be4de4408972a0a0d4f1bc1bd.jpgAustralia’s fans cheer for their team prior the start of the Women’s World Cup Group C soccer match between Australia and Italy at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Italy’s fan waits for the start of the Women’s World Cup Group C soccer match between Australia and Italy at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/06/web1_123019726-6d98d569400b44e6965543708801a17d.jpgItaly’s fan waits for the start of the Women’s World Cup Group C soccer match between Australia and Italy at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Fans cheer for their teams prior the start of the Women’s World Cup Group C soccer match between Australia and Italy at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/06/web1_123019726-0a49a932a8ff430c80edfc5b216f61c0.jpgFans cheer for their teams prior the start of the Women’s World Cup Group C soccer match between Australia and Italy at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)