U.S. Women's soccer

What you need to know

  • All of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup games are on Fox properties in the United States.
  • Still, there were 315,000 unique streamers during the U.S. game on Tuesday.
  • The U.S. women play again on Sunday.

Fox today dropped some numbers following the U.S. Women's National Team's first game of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. And just like the game's score, they were big.

In case you missed it, the U.S. beat Thailand 13-0 on Tuesday, setting a new World Cup record for goals scored. Five of those goals came from Alex Morgan, who is now tied with Michelle Akers for the most goals in a single game.

But being as how we're concerned with the streaming parts around here, let's break down what Fox had to say.

  • The game was "The most-streamed Fox Sports FIF Women's World Cup match ever." That shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone, given that more people are streaming than ever — certainly more than the last Women's World Cup four years ago.
  • But how many? Fox says there were 315,000 unique streamers, with 172,000 concurrent viewers at the peak.
  • Fox says its social platforms had more than 7 million views, or 528 percent higher than its 2015 daily average. Again, no surprise there. Social media is bigger than it was four years ago. (That's also a pretty big combination of platforms.)
  • Fox Sports live show on Twitter had a record day on Tuesday, with 424,000 views, or 49 percent more than the daily average during the 2018 men's World Cup. (By the way, the U.S. men weren't even in that tournament.

What's all that mean? A lot of people watched the U.S Women's National team play its first game, and a lot of them did so on the streaming platform of the only U.S. network that has the rights to stream the games.

That's certainly not a knock on the game or the tournament. It's still incredible that we get to watch every game live, and it's a testament to the strength of streaming that we have so many ways to do it, whether it's through traditional cable, or direct-to-consumer options. It's just that Fox is the only game in town. But numbers are interesting, even if the context is a little specious.

Anyway. ... The U.S. women next play at noon Eastern time (that's 9 a.m. on the West Coast) on Sunday, June 16, when they take on Chile.

The entire 2019 FIFA Women's World cup is available to stream in 4K on Fubo TV, as well as with the Fox Sports app. Fubo TV has a free trial available, while streaming on the Fox Sports app requires a login from some other service, be it cable or streaming.

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