The Women’s European Championships first began in 1984 with a four team tournament consisting of Sweden, England, Denmark and Italy.
The championships have grown significantly in terms of number of competing nations, media coverage and attendances since the inaugural competition 38 years ago, and Euro 2022 could be the biggest one yet.
With tickets selling fast and both Wembley and Old Trafford in use at Euro 2022, a selection of new attendance records could be broken in the summer. Here are the record crowds that Euro 2022 will be hoping to better.
Sweden hosted Euro 2013, with the goals of talisman Lotte Schelin helping to fire them to the final four, where they came up against the might of Germany.
Played at Gothenburg’s Gamla Ullevi, Germany edged a 1-0 victory, with Dzsenifer Marozsán netting the decisive goal in the first half to book her side’s place in the Euros final for a sixth successive tournament.
The 2001 Euros final attracted the biggest European Championship crowd in over a decade at Donaustadion in Ulm.
Hosts Germany ran out 1-0 winners over Sweden thanks to Claudia Muller’s goal in extra time – the only time in Women’s European Championship history that the final has been decided via the virtue of a golden goal.
The third Women’s Euros took place in West Germany in 1989, with West Germany sealing their first title in front of a 21,000 strong home crowd at Stadion an der Bremer Brucke in Osnabruck.
It was a comfortable victory for the hosts, who ran out 4-1 winners over Norway.
The Euro 2005 final took place at Ewood Park, and saw Germany secure a fourth consecutive European crown with a 3-1 win over Norway.
As became customary in noughties Euros finals, it was the Inka Grings and Birgit Prinz show. The lethal German forward duo scored a goal each, as Grings sealed the tournament’s golden boot.
The third highest group stage attendance in Women’s European Championship history was set at the opening game of Euro 2017.
Hosts the Netherlands – with their orange army of supporters in tow – welcomed Norway to Utrecht’s Stadion Galgenwaard, and began their Euro 2017 campaign with a 1-0 victory courtesy of Shanice van de Sanden’s second half goal.
Home crowds turned out in force for England at Euro 2005, with over 25,000 in attendance for their final group match against Sweden at Ewood Park.
It would be the Lionesses’ final match of the tournament, as they bowed out at the group stage following a 1-0 loss, Anna Sjostrom scoring the decisive goal inside three minutes.
The highest Women’s Euros semi final attendance came at Euro 2017, as the hosts the Netherlands turned in an electric performance to book their place in Women’s Euros final for the very first time.
In front of a sea of orange at De Grolsch Veste in Enschede, the Netherlands had an absolute field day down the flanks and ran out 3-0 winners.
The Netherlands returned to the scene of their semi final triumph to wrap up their memorable Euro 2017 campaign with a 4-2 victory over Denmark.
Despite falling a goal down inside six minutes, the hosts rallied, with Vivianne Miedema grabbing a brace, as the Netherlands were crowned champions of Europe in front of a raucous home crowd.
The highest attendance for a group stage fixture in Women’s Euros history came at the City of Manchester Stadium (as it was known back then) for England‘s opening match of Euro 2005.
It was a spectacle to savour, with England throwing away a two-goal lead on the stroke of full time, only for a teenage Karen Carney to pop up with a 91st minute winner.
Germany versus Norway at Euro 2013 attracted an all-time record crowd for the Women’s Euros, with 41,301 in attendance at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.
The match saw Germany secure an eighth European title – their sixth in succession – with a 1-0 victory courtesy of Anja Mittag’s goal.