One in five players at this year's Women's World Cup were targeted by online abuse, according to a study released Monday by FIFA and the FIFPRO global players body.

The findings emerged from an analysis of 5.1 million posts and comments relating to 697 players and coaches taking part in the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

Soccer's world governing body FIFA said in a statement 152 players received targeted "discriminatory, abusive or threatening messaging."