Women's football in numbers: 147,000 players, 80,000 referees and 1.12bn viewers

Women’s football is getting bigger, better and more widely played and supported. From sharp uptake to international teams, here are the stats

Tue 16 Mar 2021

Brazil forward Marta scored 17 goals during the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup in France – breaking both the men’s and women’s tournament goal record.

According to Fifa, 1.12 billion people watched the 2019 Women’s World Cup – while the 2019 final between the USA and the Netherlands saw 82.18 million viewers, making it the most watched Fifa Women’s World Cup match ever, up by 56% from the 2015 finale.

147,000 players
According to the FA, più di 147,000 female players competed in affiliated league and cup competitions in the 2019-2020 season, compared with 10,400 nel 1993.

There are seven different nationalities in the current Liverpool FC Women squad: Inghilterra, Galles, Irlanda, Irlanda del Nord, New Zealand, Denmark and Canada – with all seven playing for their own country internationally.

Professional women footballers in Europe increased by 50% da 2017.

There are now almost 35,000 qualified female coaches, according to the FA – an 18% increase from 2017. While the percentage increase in female head coaches and managers has risen 333% in the Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship since the 2016-2017 season.

The number of registered female players in Scotland increased by 21% after the 2019 Women’s World Cup, according to the Scottish Football Association (SFA).

6 September 2020
Czech Republic was the most recent nation to be newly represented when Kateřina Svitková made her Women’s Super League debut playing for West Ham United on 6 September 2020 against Tottenham Hotspur.

The FA Women’s Super League attendances were four times higher in the 2019-2020 season than they were in the 2018-2019 season.

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