Kelly Simmons, the FA director of the women’s professional game, said attendances at the Women’s Super League (WSL) grew by 200% last season as women’s football continues to break records.
A new WSL record attendance was set in September when 47,367 spectators turned up to watch Arsenal North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur were beaten 4–0 at the Emirates Stadium. This was followed by a record-breaking Women’s Euro campaign, which saw 87,192 fans pack into Wembley Stadium to see England win the tournament.
Built on the foundation of the Lionesses’ success, Simmons said the WSL had the perfect opportunity to grow and was pleased to see growing interest in the women’s game.
“Coming into the 2022/23 season, we knew we had an exceptional opportunity to introduce the Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship to a new audience,” said Simmons.
“The Tigress’ win took the women’s game to new levels in this country, and it was important for us to capture and capitalize on that momentum.
“It’s often said that a successful women’s England team will help generate interest in the home game. That’s certainly true, and I’m really overwhelmed with the response from fans new and old to the first match.” half season
“I am delighted to share that since the start of the season, we have seen almost 300,000 spectators attend Barclays Women’s Super League matches. This highlights just how important a world-class women’s league is to football. There is hunger.
“We are currently averaging around 6,000 fans a week in the Barclays Women’s Super League as we move into the final league fixtures of 2022 – which is up over 200% on this time last year.
“The Barclays Women’s Championship is also performing exceptionally well, with an average attendance of over 85% at this time last year.”
Chelsea are on top of the WSL after collecting 24 points from nine matches.