The World is Watching Women’s Soccer: Audiences’ Multiplatform Experience During the World Cup

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  • 1 School of Media and Journalism, Kent State University, Kent, OH, USA
  • | 2 Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Mainz, Germany
  • | 3 School of Media & Humanities, Zhejiang University City College, Chengdu, China
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This study offers a unique opportunity to understand audiences’ multiplatform experiences during the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The authors conducted surveys in three countries—China, Germany, and the United States—to determine relationships between and among structural and identity factors that predicted viewership in each country. Results indicate that structural factors significantly predicted World Cup viewing on TV across all three countries, although some variation existed related to access. Furthermore, fandom and identity were significant predictors of viewing on digital platforms across all three countries. By better measuring the experiences and relationships within each country, this study offers a unique opportunity to present a true cross-country assessment to help build understanding of how global mega events are viewed across the world.

Coombs (dcoombs@kent.edu) is corresponding author, https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6023-0447

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