Record crowds watched the opening weekend of the Scottish Women’s Premier League (SWPL) and SWPL 2.
Just over 2,000 fans attended Sunday’s matches as clubs reported the highest opening weekend attendances for women’s football in Scotland since records began.
The largest crowd was at Broadwood Stadium as 720 supporters watched reigning champions Rangers get off to a flying start with a 14-0 win over Glasgow Women.
The increase in attendances come as the popularity of the women’s game continues to grow following the success of England at Euro 2022 and last week’s SWPL rebrand.
SWPL Managing Director, Fiona McIntyre said:
“We’re thrilled with this news and would like to thank all supporters that attended matches across the country on Sunday.
“This is a new era for women’s football in Scotland and clubs, players, and fans alike have responded incredibly positively to this.
“The investment on the pitch is clear to see and that certainly attracts fans to games. What’s also important is engaging with those fans and providing a quality experience.
“Clubs are continuing to invest in the matchday experience, and I believe the SWPL and SWPL 2 provides an exciting and affordable day out for football fans and families.”
The Scottish FA strategy for Girls’ and Women’s football, Accelerate Our Game, outlined a desire to improve visibility by ‘increasing average crowds at domestic league and cup fixtures by 10% annually.’
“These figures from week 1 of the season are very positive.
“Alongside the clubs, we aim to capitalise on a number of exciting opportunities throughout the season to continue to grow attendances and achieve this target.
“The SWPL and SWPL 2 continues this Sunday, with a number of teams playing at home for the first time in 2022/23.
“I encourage fans, particularly of the teams involved, to get along and show their support.”