The 2015 Women’s World Cup final between the United States and Japan has become the most watched soccer game in history in the U.S.

Previously the record was set when 18.2m people tuned in to watch Team USA play Portugal in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil however this was smashed by the 25.4 million viewers who witnessed Jill Ellis’ side’s victory over Japan.

Between the times of 01:30 and 01:45 the audience peaked at 30.9 million, in a game where fans were treated to a 13 minute hat-trick from captain Carli Lloyd.

The final held in Vancouver was broadcast by Fox Sport in the United States where 14.6 million stuck around for the post-match analysis.

It was the third World Cup title that the United States had won following victories in 1991 and in 1999.

Here in the UK only 500,000 viewers watched the match, which was just 13% of the total television audience.

England’s quarter-final victory over host Canada was seen by 1.7 million viewers equalling a 32% share of the total television audience.