On Friday, the Red Flames will host Norway for their penultimate qualifying match for the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Leuven in an almost full stadium.
As many as 8,000 tickets have already been sold, which sets a new record for a Red Flames match, the Belgian Football Union (URBSFA) announced on Wednesday.
The previous record dated back to 2018 with 7,200 tickets sold for a match against Portugal. For the match against Norway, the URBSFA specified that 765 places are still available.
The Red Flames could thus play their first sold-out match in Leuven, a few weeks after reaching the quarter-finals of the European championships in England this summer.
“This new record proves the growing popularity of our Red Flames since their very successful participation this year in the Euro in England,” reacted Katrien Jans, head of women’s football for URBSFA, quoted in a press release.
“Against Norway, we can write, with our supporters, another great page in the history of the Red Flames. For that, we are counting on a sold-out stadium or almost to make Leuven vibrate.”
Belgium currently sit second in their qualifying group three points behind Norway with just two games remaining. The first in each group are directly qualified for the 2023 World Cup, organised in Australia and New Zealand, while the second will have to go through play-offs.