The FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) has enjoyed record attendances in the first half of the 2015 season.
Attendances in FA WSL 1 have increased by 22 per cent, while in FA WSL 2 attendances are up 12 per cent. The average attendance in FA WSL 1 is 892 and 326 in FA WSL 2.
The biggest ever FA WSL 1 league attendance was recorded at Notts County v Liverpool on 10 May where 2,057 fans came to Meadow Lane, while 10 matches have welcomed crowds of more than 1,000 supporters.
“Clubs have to take a lot of credit for growing their fanbases”
Kelly Simmons FA director of women's football
Notts County lead the way with the highest average attendance on 1,303, with Chelsea close behind on 1,143.
FA director of national game and women’s football Kelly Simmons said: “Attendances will always be a marker of how popular the women’s game is. It’s a big focus for us, so the fact that supporter numbers are increasing is another sign that domestic women’s football is moving in a really positive direction.
"Our FA WSL clubs have to take a lot of credit as they are working hard behind the scenes to build and grow their fanbases.
“There is a real momentum building within the women’s game and hopefully the World Cup will have an positive impact on that, showcasing what quality and talent there is in the game to help drive attendances.”
Both Leagues are now in mid-season break for the World Cup in Canada. England’s first match against France is live on BBC Two on Tuesday 9 June from 5.30pm BST (6pm kick-off).
The FA WSL with BT Sport returns on Saturday 11 July. Full fixtures, ticket and match information can be found at www.FAWSL.com