World Record Crowd Sees Chelsea Win Women’s FA Cup

Wembley Stadium was filled to the brim on Sunday, 14 May 2023, with a record-breaking crowd of 77,390 spectators, who gathered to witness the Vitality Women’s FA Cup Final where Chelsea triumphed over Manchester United. This turnout smashed the previous attendance record of 49,094 at the 2022 final, with tickets for the 2023 event selling out well in advance.

“To break the world record is a massive statement and a wonderful marker as to where the women’s game has come in this country,” said Baroness Sue Campbell, the FA Director of Women’s Football.

“I’ve said before that we’ve come a long way, but we’ve still got an incredibly long way to go and we know that. But it’s another marker in the sand that the game in this country is now alive and well, flourishing and growing.”

The Women’s FA Cup Final sell-out was a target set by the FA’s Inspiring Positive Change strategy for women’s football in 2020, which also aimed to see England win a major tournament – a target that was met last year. “When we set out in our strategy to sell out the Women’s FA Cup Final back in 2020, I didn’t expect it would happen so soon, and it’s pretty special to break the world record,” Baroness Campbell admits.

She also notes that the “EURO bounce” has played a significant role in driving this growth and interest in women’s football in the country. “What happened when people came to the games, not just the England games but anywhere in the country, they just enjoyed the vibe and the environment so much. Everyone had such an incredibly good time and they realised that what they were watching was world-class football and world-class sport. That bounce has just continued, and I think people love the experience of coming to Wembley.”

Baroness Campbell emphasizes that the remarkable success of the Women’s Super League and the Women’s Championship, which became fully professional leagues only in 2018, is testament to the dedication and hard work of the players, clubs, and the FA. “It speaks volumes on where our competitions leagues have got to. This is still very early days for the professionalisation of the women’s game, but it speaks volumes of what’s happened and how well the leagues and clubs are doing and the sort of following that the players are starting to get as individuals.”

She adds, “In the Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship games, even in Tier 3 and 4 and our Women’s National League, we’ve seen much bigger numbers such as Newcastle getting over 22,000 to a game in Tier 4. There’s a real interest in the women’s game, and I’m delighted and thrilled to be filling Wembley Stadium for the Cup Final – it’s terrific.”

The record-breaking crowd that witnessed the Women’s FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium is a memorable moment that will go down in history, signifying the incredible growth of women’s football in the country, and a testament to the progress made so far.

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