As the popularity of women's football has grown so have the crowds. Here are seven of the biggest women's football attendances of all time.
Biggest women's football attendances: 1. Barcelona vs Real Madrid, March 30, 2022 – 91,553
El Clasico set a new record for women's attendances in the quarter-final second leg of the 2021/22 Women's Champions League, with over 91,000 fans heading out to the Camp Nou on a Wednesday evening to see Barça run out winners over their rivals Real Madrid.
Leading 3-1 from the first leg, Barcelona progressed to the semis with a 5-2 victory on their home turf.
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2. USA vs China, July 10, 1999 – 90,185
While the first (official) 90,000+ crowd for a women's football game had to endure a 0-0 draw in the 1999 Women's World Cup Final, they did at least get to witness one of the most iconic and enduring images of the sport: Brandi Chastain's celebration after converting the winning spot-kick in the 5-4 penalty shootout.
3. USA vs Japan, August 9, 2012 – 80,203
The London 2012 Olympics was one of the most exciting women's football tournaments ever, so it is fitting that Wembley was packed out to see its culmination. Having dramatically knocked out Canada in the last minute of extra time in Old Trafford, the USA dispatched Japan 2-1 to claim their fourth Olympic Gold medal.
4. England vs Germany, November 9, 2019 – 77,768
The result might not have suited most of the 77,768 fans who made their way to Wembley for England vs Germany on a rainy night in November, but their attendance was a record for the England women's team. Even an Ellen White goal was not enough to stop England from falling to a 2-1 loss though.
5. Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona, March 17, 2019, 60,739
The 60,000 people who attended the Wanda Metropolitano in 2019 set a world record.
This match was the biggest attendance for a club women's football match, breaking a record set 99 years previously by the Dick Kerr Ladies and St Helen's Ladies at Goodison Park. Barcelona ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Asisat Oshoala and Toni Duggan.
6. USA vs Netherlands, July 7, 2019, 57,900
While there was some disappointment about ticket sales at the 2019 Women's World Cup in France, the final still saw the fourth biggest attendance in women's football history. European Champions, the Netherlands, were looking to knock the USA off their perch but a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle saw the USA win their second consecutive World Cup.
7. USA vs Japan, July 6, 2015, 53,341
Over 53,000 people watched one of the greatest World Cup finals of all time in Canada as the USA ran out 5-2 winners over Japan. It was an opportunity for the USA to get revenge having lost the 2011 World Cup on penalties to the Japanese. Carli Lloyd unforgettably scored a hat-trick in the first 16 minutes.
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