Women’s Football Weekend is over but this big question on every fans’ lip is, was it a hit or a miss?
This past weekend was a statement from women’s football with over 70,000 people attending women’s matches across the country, records were broken and four out of the six matches were played at Premier League or Championship stadiums.
Anfield hosted their first-ever WSL match on Sunday and there was no better game to showcase than the Merseyside derby, a total of 23,500 people turned up to watch Everton football club get their first victory at Anfield in 20 years. Meanwhile, in London, Tottenham V Arsenal broke a WSL record attendance with 38,262 showing up at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Arsenal beat their North London rivals by two goals to nil.
Chelsea hosted Manchester United at Kingsmeadow stadium with a record attendance of 4,790 turning out for that game, it was also the highest ever attendance for a WSL team at a non-premier league stadium.
Hit or Miss?
Women’s football weekend definitely went down a treat, after the record attendance at Wembley for England V Germany last weekend everyone certainly had the bug for the game.
It was also a great opportunity for fans to attend a match at their home teams stadium for the first time, for teams like Liverpool and Tottenham it is hard to get a ticket to attend a game at Anfield so it was the perfect opportunity for mum’s and dad’s to take themselves and their kids to a match at Anfield and not only will they experience a women’s football match but they will also get to experience an incredible stadium.
Anfield has a capacity of 54,074, the attendance on Sunday of 23,500 may not look like much to some football fans but for those who have followed women’s football for a while then being able to sing You’ll Never Walk Alone while watching their team walk out was something special.
It also gives women’s football the platform to entice fans from around the world to join in and experience the game, this season BT Sport are showing more live women’s football matches than ever before so if one of those game where to be held at a stadium like Anfield or the Etihad then more people are going to be interested in putting it on their TV.
Can This Happen Again?
Now that women’s football in the UK has had a taste of what could be in the future then who’s to say that WSL teams can’t play at these stadiums again? Everton manager Willie Kirk said after the game on Sunday that ‘it felt like 50,000 people were there’
Liverpool manager Vicky Jepson also applauded the crowd saying ‘it was fantastic. They applauded every pass, every tackle. Every female player deserves that”
The commitment from clubs to showcase their women’s team at the big stadiums shows the intent that they have for the future of the team and it has paid off with sell-out crowds attending games when they are played so who’s to say that they won’t do it again?