England Women’s success so far in the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France looks set to boost attendances at all Women’s Super League matches next season.
The quarter-final victory against Norway – by an unexpectedly high 3-0 margin – sets up a crunch semi-final for the Lionesses against the USA on Tuesday in Lyon.
The involvement of so many Chelsea players (and ex-players, such as the dynamic Crystal Dunn in the USA team – the player of the match in the Yankee defeat of France on Friday night) can only help raise the profile of the women’s game in the Surbiton and Kingston area.
But the long-term bonus, with the opening-day WSL fixtures for the new season due to be released on Monday morning, is expected to be higher crowds at all league and domestic cup games, with Kingsmeadow – due to be expanded, extended and seriously improved in a year’s time – anticipating full houses for the high-profile games.
The full fixture list for both WSL and FA Women’s Championship will be released on Wednesday July 10.
The new league season kicks off on September 7 and 8.