Women's football/soccer Games with Most record attendance: Match with Most Fans

Women's football/soccer Games with Most record attendance: Match with Most Fans

Women's football/soccer Games with Most record attendance: Match with Most Fans

Women's football is experiencing a meteoric rise in popularity, with fan attendance shattering records across continents. This surge in support isn't just a blip on the radar; it's a seismic shift in the landscape of the sport.

Europe and North America are witnessing a domino effect of broken attendance records. Powerhouse clubs like Barcelona, Lyon, and Wolfsburg are leading the charge, attracting ever-growing fanbases hungry for top-tier women's football. The United States, with its longstanding commitment to the sport, continues to be a powerhouse on the international stage.

The 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, held in the US, stands as a pivotal moment. Witnessing 90,185 fans brave the Californian heat to pack the Rose Bowl Stadium for the USWNT's penalty shootout victory over China ignited a global spark of interest in women's football. This record stood for a staggering 23 years, a testament to the seismic impact of that tournament.

In 2022, the international stage came close to surpassing the 1999 record, with 87,192 fans flocking to Wembley Stadium to witness England's dramatic Euro 2022 final win against Germany under Sarina Wiegman. However, it was on the club level that history was truly rewritten.

On March 22nd, 2022, the Camp Nou witnessed a spectacle – a record-breaking 91,553 fans turned out to see Barcelona thrash their El Clasico rivals Real Madrid 5-2 in a thrilling Champions League quarter-final. But Barcelona wasn't done rewriting history. Just a month later, they eclipsed their own record with a staggering 91,648 fans in attendance for a UEFA Women's Champions League fixture against Wolfsburg.

Barcelona's dominance in attendance figures reflects not just their burgeoning fanbase but also the wider development of women's club football in Europe. Their recent dethroning of Lyon in the Champions League further solidifies their position at the pinnacle.

Fueled by Ballon d'Or Feminin winners Aitana Bonmati and Alexia Putellas, Barcelona reigns supreme in Spanish football. The decision to host major domestic and European matches at the iconic Camp Nou serves as a powerful symbol of their growing fanbase. Their record-breaking El Clasico crowds in 2022, followed by yet another historic feat just a month later, showcase the unwavering loyalty of their supporters. With the planned refurbishment of the Camp Nou nearing completion, witnessing crowds exceeding 90,000 might become a regular occurrence in Catalonia.

The future of women's football is bright. With record-breaking attendance figures and passionate fanbases, the sport is poised for continued growth and global dominance. The Queens of the pitch are captivating audiences, and their reign is just beginning.

DateCompetitionStageStadiumAttendanceFinal Result
April 22, 2022UEFA Women's Champions LeagueSemifinalCamp Nou, Barcelona91,648Barcelona 5 Wolfsburg 1
Mar 30, 2022UEFA Women's Champions LeagueQuarterfinalCamp Nou, Barcelona91,553Barcelona 5 Real Madrid 2
Jul 10, 1999FIFA Women's World CupFinalRose Bowl, California90,185USA 0 China 0 (USA win on pens)*
Jul 31, 2022UEFA Women's European ChampionshipsFinalWembley Stadium London87,192England 2 Germany 1
Apr 6, 2023FIFA Women's FinalissimaFinalWembley Stadium London83,132

England 1 Brazil 1

(England win on pens)

Aug 9, 20122012 OlympicsGold Medal matchWembley Stadium London80,203USA 2 Japan 1

* Double-header with two matches played back-to-back in front of same crowd, including Brazil vs. Norway third-place match

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