It's another record-breaker to celebrate the first-ever Women's Football Weekend

17 November 2019

It's another record-breaker to celebrate the first-ever Women's Football Weekend

A record-breaking crowd at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was boosted by over 3,000 Arsenal fans

An incredible 74,247 people turned out to watch Barclays FA WSL matches in the inaugural Women's Football Weekend over 16/17 November - with two attendance records broken on a momentous Sunday.

The final total of numbers who turned out to support their favourite teams playing in League, County Cup and friendlies over the weekend may never be known.

Not in any doubt, however, was the 38,262 fans at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as Arsenal beat Spurs 2-0, the highest ever crowd for an FA WSL match.

Chelsea's home game against Manchester United also saw a record attendance with the 4,790 sell-out at Kingsmeadow a new best for a WSL game held at a non-Premier League stadium.

The attendance at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium beat the 31,213 Etihad crowd for the Manchester derby on the opening weekend of the season.

"This is the progression of women's football," Tottenham co-head coach Karen Hills told BBC Sport. "If I'm honest, it shouldn't be a moment - it should be something that hopefully becomes the norm.

"It's absolutely momentous for those women. We want to see women playing in these big stadiums and we want to see these big crowds coming.

"Hopefully it won't just be an occasion - it will be the norm for women's football."

Despite losing the Merseyside derby 1-0 to arch rivals Everton, Liverpool manager Vicky Jepson described the match at Anfield as "fantastic".

She said, "They applauded every pass, every tackle. Every female player deserves that across the country.

"I'm really pleased we got to show that in one of the most famous stadiums in the country. It's absolutely the future of the women's game. There's more to come I'm sure."

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