Women’s Super League matches could welcome up to tenfold increases in average attendances on Sunday, with four matches staged at major stadiums to seize upon the explosion of interest in the Lionesses since the World Cup.
Liverpool are understood to be hopeful of achieving a crowd of up to 20,000 against Everton at Anfield, while Tottenham, also in derby action against Arsenal, are also predicted to land their highest ever attendance for a women’s match.
The two giants, along with Reading and Brighton, who are also hosting games at the Madejski and Amex stadiums, all told the Daily Telegraph there is now genuine business incentive to commit similar matchday budgets as would be expected for men’s senior games.
A WSL record of 31,213 when Manchester City hosted rivals Manchester United at Etihad Stadium in September has already helped overall crowd averages grow to 4,112, up from under 1,000 last season.
However, the league is particular desperate to maintain momentum after 77,768 packed Wembley to watch England’s women defeated in a friendly against Germany last weekend. To put that in context, the men’s match against Montenegro on Thursday drew a smaller audience of 77,277.