With record attendances recently being recorded across Europe in the women’s game including last weekend where over 5,000 fans saw Arsenal beat Brighton & Hove Albion 0-4 at the Amex Stadium in our very own FA Women’s Super League, it left me thinking of ways of how we could boost the crowds further in our top division.
One thought which I have had is could a rugby league-style ‘Magic Weekend’ attract more fans to the FA Women’s Super League?
With this years Magic Weekend only a few weeks away would it be possible for the FA Women’s Super League to follow suit and create their own version which could attract more sponsorships, attendances and most importantly, create the opportunity for more young fans to become involved in women’s football?
This year’s edition sees Anfield play host to one of the most exciting weekends in the rugby league calendar with over 60,000 fans expected to attend over the two days. The format sees three games played on
Saturday and three games played on Sunday.
With next year’s changes to the structure of the FA Women’s Super League, there will be 12 teams in the top flight which would allow for the six games to be played over an action packed weekend. The event could be held in a different stadium each season taking the competition around the country. There are a number of stadiums that I think would be ideal to host the event including the likes of Villa park, The Ricoh Arena, The Amex Stadium, Bramall Lane, The Madejski Stadium, Ashton Gate plus many more.
With the teams close to being confirmed for the 2019/2020 FA Women’s Super League is the idea of a ‘Magic Weekend’ one which could be trialed and would it attract the crowds required to make the event a success?
Example ‘Magic Weekend’ fixture list
Everton v Liverpool
Brighton & Hove Albion v Reading
Manchester City v Manchester United
Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United
Bristol City v Birmingham City
Arsenal v Chelsea
By Jamie Farrin @jamiefarrin