The Socceroos' Daniel Arzani is tackled by Denmark's Thomas Delaney and Henrik Dalsgaard at Russia's Samara Arena. Picture: Toby Zerna
The Socceroos' Daniel Arzani is tackled by Denmark's Thomas Delaney and Henrik Dalsgaard at Russia's Samara Arena. Picture: Toby Zerna

Millions tune in to follow Socceroos

THE Socceroos' first two games at the World Cup have both become part of the top five Australian games at all tournaments, thanks to average audiences of more than two million viewers for each game.

The narrow loss to France last Saturday became the third most watched Socceroos game at a World Cup, with an audience of 2.132 million, and  Thursday night's draw with Denmark was close behind with an average audience of 2.064 million.

Both games enjoyed peak audiences of more than three million viewers, amid the ongoing controversy over Optus's huge technological dramas around broadcasting the World Cup games.

"We're absolutely delighted with the support the Socceroos are getting at home," Football Federation Australia CEO David Gallop said.

"The television audiences and the media coverage has been huge.

"It's a great boost to all the players and staff. The team is representing Australia on the world's biggest sporting stage and millions of football fans around the country are getting right behind them.

"I am sure we are going to see another huge viewing audience next week against Peru to complement the support the Socceroos are getting from the thousands of Aussie fans who have travelled to Russia."

TOP AUDIENCES FOR SOCCEROOS AT WORLD CUPS

1 2.277m v Chile, 2014

2 2.212m v Italy, 2006

3 2.168m v Japan, 2006

4 2.132m v France, 2018

5 2.064m v Denmark, 2018

6 2.023m v Croatia, 2006


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