Crowd Count: NWSL bucks trend in Year 3

For the first time in the history of U.S. women's pro soccer, a league has experienced a year-to-year increase in average attendance. The National Women's Soccer League averaged 5,053 fans a game in 2015, an increase of almost 23 percent from 2014 and the highest average in its three seasons.

The Women's World Cup gave the league a boost -- crowds were up 29 percent following the USA's victory over Japan in the final -- but it would have still set a league attendance record based upon the crowds before then.

Boosted by two sellout crowds of 21,144 fans at the end of the season, Portland set a league record with an average of 15,639 fans a game. Only the Western New York Flash had a drop in average attendance. It was one of three teams to average less than 3,000 fans a game.

WUSA and WPS both dropped year-to-year in Years 2 and 3, and neither survived into Year 4. There is little chance of that happening to the NWSL.

2015 NWSL Attendance:
AVG. TEAM (+/-)
15,639 Portland (+17%)
6,413 Houston (+41%)
4,210 Chicago (+43%)
4,084 Washington (+23%)
4,060 Seattle (+12%)
3,091 FC Kansas City (+53%)
2,863 Boston (+18%)
2,852 WNY Flash (-10%)
2,268 Sky Blue FC (+38%)
5,053 LEAGUE (+23%)

Women's Pro League Attendance:
AVG. TEAM (YEAR)
5,503 NWSL (2015)
4,139 NWSL (2014)
4,270 NWSL (2013)
----------------------------
3,518 WPS (2011)
3,601 WPS (2010)
4,490 WPS (2009)
----------------------------
6,667 WUSA (2003)
6,957 WUSA (2002)
8,116 WUSA (2001)

Next story loading loading..

Discover Our Publications