FA WSL crowds on the up after dramatic end to season

Wednesday 15 Oct 2014
Attendances were up in the 2014 FA WSL season
Attendances for The FA Women’s Super League 1 increased by more than 30 per cent this season.

Following on from Sunday’s dramatic climax when Liverpool were crowned champions, the average league crowd was up to 728, compared to 562 in 2013.

England v Germany

Women's International Match
Wembley Stadium connected by EE
3pm Sunday 23 November 2014

Newcomers Manchester City recorded the highest average league attendances of the season with 949 – with 1,292 supporters through the turnstiles for their match against Chelsea on Sunday.

Liverpool were crowned champions for the second season running in a dramatic afternoon. The Reds were third and three points behind leaders Chelsea at the start of Sunday, but ended up lifting the league trophy after beating Bristol Academy 3-0 at home.

Fara Williams scores her penalty against Bristol Academy

Fara Williams scores her penalty against Bristol Academy

Goals from England trio Natasha Dowie, Lucy Bronze and a penalty from Fara Williams were enough to clinch the title.

Chelsea finished in the runners-up spot after losing 2-1 away to City, but secured themselves a UEFA Women’s Champions League spot for next season.

Birmingham finished in third place after drawing 2-2 with Notts County. Elsewhere, Arsenal recorded their first home league win of the season, beating relegated Everton 3-1.

Katie Brazier, head of women’s leagues and competitions at The FA, said: “After one of the most dramatic afternoons we’ve seen in English women’s football, it’s great to see that attendances have increased substantially this season.

“The clubs are working hard to build local fanbases, engage sports fans and their communities and it’s paying off. The quality of the league has improved since we established the FA WSL and fans are responding to that.

“Of course, there’s still a long way to go and increasing attendances is a focus for us.  The potential for growth in the women’s game is huge and the fact that interest, awareness and attendances are increasing shows that we’re certainly going in the right direction.”

And if you're interest in Women's football has been piqued by the WSL, then you can watch England's women take on Germany in the first match of its kind at Wembley Stadium.

The Lionesses take on the European champions at 3pm on Sunday 23 November. 

Tickets cost £15 for adults and £1 for children and are available from TheFA.com/tickets.

By Gary Stonehouse Staff Writer