The Women’s Super League (WSL) has revealed that attendances are up 200 per cent year-over-year (YoY) so far during the 2022/23 season.
The highest attendance was an individual club record when Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur played in front of 47,367 fans at the Emirates in September, setting a new record for the English women’s top flight.
The surge in attendance numbers comes on the back of growing interest in the women’s game, following England’s home triumph in the Women’s Euro 2022.
“Coming into the 2022/23 season, we knew that we had an extraordinary opportunity to introduce the Barclays Women’s Super League and the Barclays Women’s Championship to new audiences,” said Kelly Simmons, director of the women’s professional game at English soccer’s governing Football Association (FA).
“The Lionesses’ victory propelled the women’s game in this country to new levels, and it was important for us to capture and capitalise on that momentum.
“It has often been said that a successful women’s England team will help generate interest in the domestic game. This is certainly true, and I have been really overwhelmed by the response we have seen from fans – new and old – in the first half of the season.
“I am delighted to reveal that since the season commenced, we have seen almost 300,000 spectators attend matches across the Barclays Women’s Super League. This just highlights how much appetite there is for world-class women’s league football.
“We are currently averaging almost 6,000 fans a week in the Barclays Women’s Super League as we go into the final league fixtures of 2022 – which is up over 200 per cent on this time last year.
“The Barclays Women’s Championship is also performing brilliantly, with the average attendance up over 85 per cent on this time last year.”