The Women's Super League (WSL) is run by the Football Association and recently split from WSL 2 which is now The Championship and semi-pro..This week The FA announced a £10 million, three year sponsorship with BARCLAYS, starting in 2020, which is the biggest commercial sponsorship in womens sport.
It will also involve the grassroots game with 600 plus participating schools. Prize money in the WSL will be about £500,000. I am told that it costs about £600.000 annually to run a WSL club, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City spending more than twice that amount. Notts County, Sunderland, Doncaster Rovers Belles and others have either folded or dropped to the third tier. Yeovil Town are struggling and might not survive. BT Sport and the BBC have shown lots of matches, but so far don't pay a fee. It is hoped that that may change soon.
Attendances are not great, maybe1,000 or so with Everton attracting only half that number. Its often difficult to find where they play. Manchester City with their easy to find Academy Stadium across from the Etihad is an exception. Early April England Women host Canada there in the first of four pre-World Cup 2019 warm-ups, and its already SOLD OUT. The only other club to own theor own ground are Ossett United.
Last night Chelsea hosted Paris St-Germain at Kingsmeadow in the first leg of The Champions League quarter final. At 8.00am a bus load of PSH Ultras arrived at the stadium after an overnight trip, wantingg to put up PSG posters? They were let in but also sprayed graffiti and damaged property. The police arrived and searched the bus and found knives, knuckeldusters and Class A drugs. There was trouble later in town near Waterloo Station. All 50 were refused entry in the evening and the bus escorted out of the area. The Ultras are banned from waching PSG mens and yourh matches.
Emma Hayes' team won 2-0 with two second half goals from Hannah Blundell and Erin Cuthber against the two time Champions League finalists.
Last week saw a record crowd for a women's club match at Wanda Metropoliano home of Atletico Madrid. 60,739 v title rivals Barcelona. It broke a 99 YEAR Record from December 26th (Boxing Day) 1920. 53,000 filled Goodison Park, Everton, with maybe 15,000 to 20,000 locked outside. Dick,Kerr Ladies of Preston beat St. Helen's Town. 4-0. Less than a year later The FA banned women's football.. a ban that lasted 50 years.
Shortly Juventus will host Fiorentino at Allianz Stadium in Torino and expect 20,000 plus to attend.