Who will show the way for the women’s game?BY NEIL FREDRIK JENSEN Game of the People
“You’ve come a long way….”
AFTER a landmark year for women’s football in the UK, the FA Super League kicks-off in under two weeks and expectation has never been higher. In 2015, Women’s Super League attendances averaged over 1,000 (up from 700 in 2014) as public interest grew significantly following the England team’s success in the World Cup.
Historically, public response to a successful World Cup campaign has delivered benefits for the domestic game – in 1966, when England’s men won the Jules Rimet Trophy, top division gates improved by more than 14% and in 1990, when the semi-final stage was reached, there was a 9% increase. Gates in 2015 for the women went up by 43%, so it will be interesting to see if the momentum continues and the “feel good factor” remains.
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