Women's Sports: "No reason why people won't watch women's football," says Rachel Yankey

Rachel Yankey

Following an action-packed weekend in the Women's Super League with figures accumulating to 74,247 fans, it is clear to spectators all across the world that the Women's Super League is a force to be reckoned with.

The north London derby definitely rose to the occasion with 38,262 fans at the stadium - the biggest crowd at a Women's Super League game to date!   

Rachel Yankey MBE: a huge icon in the game after making more than 150 appearances for England and just under 200 for Arsenal, has commented on the occasion being "unbelievable". 

"With access and knowledge about where the games are, people will come and watch".

Tottenham Hotspur Women are a prime example of how far the women's game has ventured in recent years including moving their home ground to The Hive Stadium with facilities that "will give us a brilliant base to work from as we embark on our first season in the Super League", in respected contrast to Cheshunt FC who have hosted the club for the past three years.

Whilst new WSL records were being set, Chelsea was also making their mark on history by setting new record attendance at Kingsmeadow with 4,790 fans watching an intense 1-0 win against Manchester United. Resulting in the blues retaining the number one spot in the Women's Super League.

When looking ahead to growing the women's game and the potential of hosting these 'big occasions' - it has to be noted that we still have a long way to come despite huge crowds for both club and country. 

Rachel Yankey stated "It will take time - we still need to look at the product, up the game and make sure the standard is high.

"But these figures are showing us that there is no reason why people won't watch women's football. If the access and opportunity are there, I think it's the best time to jump on the game and show people that we can bring in the crowds." 

Rachel Yankey

Similarly, Joe Montemurro stated after the north London derby that "the reality is that one-off occasions do bring a crowd... let's fill out Boreham Wood, lets make that our home, lock people out because they can't get in, and then we can start looking at bigger occasions on a regular basis". 

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