More than 77,000 people watched the England Lionesses lose to Germany at Wembley in an international friendly, setting a record attendance for an England women’s home game.
77,768 people saw Germany seal victory with a late strike, while more than 86,000 tickets were sold. Heavy rain has been mentioned as one of the factors for the drop-off in numbers, while ticket prices of £15 for adults and £1 for children may also have been a factor.
The previous England record of 45,619 was also set at Wembley when the Lionesses lost to Germany in 2014.
The slight drop off in attendance means that the largest attendance for a women’s football game in England remains the 2012 Olympic final when the USA won gold, defeating Japan in front of 80,203 people at Wembley.
Rising record attendances at women’s football games have been a trend of the 2019/20 season. A Barclay's Women’s Super League (WSL) record was set when Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium played host to 31,213 for the opening game of the season against city-rivals Manchester United.
Attendances above 24,000 have also been seen at Chelsea and West Ham this season, while Liverpool and Arsenal will host WSL games at Anfield and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium respectively during the men’s international break later in November.