World Cup Television and media

Full viewer figures are not yet in, but preliminary numbers point to a successful World Cup effort on the television front. Dutch matches consistently drew more than 500,000 viewers in Holland, with the men's final topping the 1 million-viewer mark.

The men's 3rd-4th match between Germany and Australia was a somewhat uninspired affair by comparison to the final, understandably perhaps, as both teams expected to be playing in the last game of the tournament. Nevertheless, early TV viewer figures indicate that this was the match seen by the most people around the world.

A total of nearly 6.5 million people watched the game. About 5.5 million of them saw it on tape delay in the India region covered by ESPN STAR sports. Also included in the figure is the host broadcasters' (NOS) audience of 770,000 and nearly 70,000 watching in ESPN STAR's Asia region. Not yet received are the numbers from Spanish television, TVE, which took the match live, and TV 12 in Singapore, which broadcast the match on delay. Many more saw highlights on ZDF in Germany and Channel 9 in Australia.

World cup matches were televised, either in their entirety or highlights, in Argentina, Australia, Germany, India, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Spain, Singapore, and the more than 30 countries covered by ESPN STAR Sports.

Approximately 250 members of the world's media from at least 25 countries were on hand to cover the Utrecht World Cups. All the world's major news services were there - Reuters, Associated Press, Agence France Presse, BBC World Service Radio - as well as national news services such as Australian Associated Press, New Zealand Press Association, Deutche Welle (German radio), All India Radio, Associated Press of Pakistan and ANP (Holland).