A report published Monday by the French Football Association and the Local Organizing Committee for the Women’s World Cup 2019, highlighted the positive social, economic and environmental benefits left by France 2019.
Published one year since the United States defeated the Netherlands to win its fourth Women’s World Cup title (July 7, 2019), the new report highlights the positive socio-economic and environmental legacy of the tournament, which attracted 1.2 million French and overseas spectators and a global TV audience of more than one billion fans.
The study, conducted and consolidated over recent months, revealed that the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 made a direct, indirect and induced contribution of 284 million Euro ($322 million US) to France’s GDP, with a net capital gain of EUR 108 million to French GDP generated by the competition.
The report also stated that the average contribution to GDP per spectator was 142 Euro ($158 US) and for every one euro spent, the nine Host Cities and regions of the competition have benefited from a return on investment between two to 20 euros of contribution to the French GDP.
“The FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 was an unprecedented success, breaking numerous records on and off the pitch,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in a statement. “In line with FIFA’s commitment to organize tournaments in a sustainable way, this report further highlights the lasting impact and legacy of France 2019, not only for women’s football, but also for the local economy and the society.
“As FIFA now begins a new journey towards the next FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023, we would like to warmly thank France, the FFF and the Local Organizing Committee for their commitment to delivering a sustainable legacy for France 2019 and look forward to working together with Australia and New Zealand to break new records in 2023 and further boost women’s football in the region and around the world.”
Added Noël president of the FFF and the Local Organizing Committee Noel de Graet: “The first satisfaction is to have proved that a women’s football competition can win popular support and help to change the perception of women’s football.
“In 2014, when the FFF decided to take over the organization, I remember the skepticism surrounding the organization, particularly with regard to the economic dimension. Today, the economic results are positive. They prove that the efforts of FIFA, the LOC, the FFF, the leagues, and the host regions and cities have paid off.
“It is also a source of pride that football, with the organisation of a major women’s sporting event, brings significant direct and indirect economic benefits to the territories and the community. The environmental effort should also be highlighted. In this sector, the FFF’s involvement, with the implementation of its eco-responsible policy, must continue.”
Other key findings in the report include:
* 6.4 tons of food waste collected and donated to local community-based associations
* One ton of bottle caps collected and donated for recycling
* Four stadiums equipped with a new two-flow bin system for waste and recyclables
* Twenty-one matches offered audio-descriptive commentary for the blind and partially-sighted
* Three stadiums were newly equipped with an audio-descriptive commentary system that will remain after the tournament (including AV equipment)
* Some 210,200 cigarette butts collected and recycled
To read the full report (available in French only), click HERE .