LONDON: A record-breaking 500,000 tickets have been sold for UEFA Women’s EURO which kicks off in England next week.

The half a million tickets already sold have been purchased from 99 countries, with 20pc of ticket purchases coming from outside of host nation.

This includes the other 15 participating national associations and also ticket orders, for example, from North America, China, and Australia, reflecting the global appeal of the competition.

The strongest demand so far has come from England, followed by the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, and France. There are 700,000 tickets available for the tournament in all.

Some 43pc of all purchases have come from female fans, while 21pc of ticket orders have been made for children under 16.