Arnold Clark Cup 2023: Our Roundup
- England retain the Arnold Clark Cup with a 7-goal thriller against Belgium.
- 2.5 million viewers watched Arnold Clark Cup matches across ITV.
- Total attendance figure reached over 100,000, with England vs Italy recording the highest attendance ever for any sporting event at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
Building on a successful inaugural competition last year, the Arnold Clark Cup 2023 aimed to deliver the very best of women’s international football. With many teams using the tournament to prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer, the competition saw England, Belgium, Italy and Korea Republic battle it out for the Arnold Clark Cup trophy.
Racking up a total of 23 goals, the matches did not disappoint and showcased fast-paced football for the fans to enjoy. Notably, Chloe Kelly demonstrated her prolific goal scoring ability, winning the Golden Boot with 3 goals in 3 games, and after three impressive performances, Lauren James was named Player of the Tournament.
Turning away from the football, the 2023 tournament proved to be an exciting spectacle for all the fans involved. Partnering with Superfoxx to bring feel-good party vibes at all three matchdays, the tournament achieved a total attendance figure of 100,579 and sold out two of the three venues. In particular, the Arnold Clark Cup match between England vs Italy set a new record for the most attended sporting event at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
As well as captivating fans in the stands, the tournament also attracted millions from around the world. In the UK, it received 2.5 million cumulative viewers on ITV, with England matches averaging over 720,000 UK viewers. Internationally, matches were available on key international broadcasters including CBS in USA, ESPN in Central & South America and Viaplay in Europe, as well as the FA’s global streaming service, the FA Player.
Another impressive feature of the Arnold Clark Cup this year was its’ universal presence on social media and elsewhere in the media. The Arnold Clark Cup social media channels received incredible support, reaching over 14.6 million individuals worldwide.
Importantly, this event would have not been possible without the commitment of the event’s official partners and tournament organisers, Pitch International. In particular, Pitch was delighted to welcome the Arnold Clark Cup’s first Official Charity Partner in Ovarian Cancer Action. As a cause particularly close to the hearts of women’s football fans, following the sad loss of Beth Mead’s Mum, June, earlier this year, the partnership helped raise vital funds and awareness of the symptoms of this awful disease.
Thank you to everyone who made the Arnold Clark Cup 2023 so special, we hope you all enjoyed the tournament, and can’t wait to see you again soon!