USWNT attendances up 17% for 2015 to 2019 compared to 2011-2015

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Earlier this year, we complied a list of the attendance for the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) over the course of a full World Cup Qualifying cycle (from post-2014 World Cup through the qualifying failure against Trinidad & Tobago in October 2017). So with the US Women’s National Team having already played their final game of their send-off series recently before the Women’s World Cup in France, it’s now time to take a look at the full four year cycle for attendance at WNT games in the US.

Attendance for the USWNT for the 2015-2019 cycle was 18,145, which is up 17% from 15,499 per game over the course of the previous cycle from 2011 to 2015. That’s quite an impressive jump. What makes it even more impressive is the fact that from 2011 to 2015 the WNT played 44 games at home, but during the most recent cycle the number of home games jumped up to 69. So not only was the WNT drawing bigger crowds at home, but they played more games at home too.

Another thing worth noting is that a much higher percentage of the home games for the WNT were played in venues with natural grass surfaces, as opposed to turf. During the previous cycle, 9 of the 44 games (20%) were played on turf fields. For the most recent cycle, that number was just 8 out of 69 games (11%). The majority of those eight games came during the post-Women’s World Cup Victory Tour in 2015, which did see one game against Trinidad & Tobago in Honolulu cancelled because of the appalling state of the turf. Since 2016 however, games on turf have been few and far between.

One oddity of some of these attendances is that some of the biggest competitive games (WWC Qualifying and Olympic Qualifying) drew the smallest crowds. Three of the five games during Olympic Qualifying drew under 10,000 fans and all five of the WWC Qualifying games drew under 10,000 fans. Perhaps one reason for that is all three group stage games being played in one stadium and then the semi-finals and final being played in one stadium. It’s worth noting that these games are not entirely under the control of US Soccer as they are handled by CONCACAF. On the flip side the two mini-tournaments that US Soccer tries to treat like competitive games (the She Believes Cup and the Tournament of Nations) typically draw the largest crowds.

8/16/15 – Friendly – USA vs. Costa Rica – Heinz Field – 44,028
8/19/15 – Friendly – USA vs. Costa Rica – Finley Stadium – 20,535
9/17/15 – Friendly – USA vs. Haiti – Ford Field – 34,538
9/20/15 – Friendly – USA vs. Haiti – Legion Field – 35,753
10/21/15 – Friendly – USA vs. Brazil – Century Link Field – 23,603
10/25/15 – Friendly – USA vs. Brazil – Camping World Stadium – 32,869
12/10/15 – Friendly – USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago – Alamodome – 10,690
12/13/15 – Friendly – USA vs. China – State Farm Stadium – 19,066
12/16/15 – Friendly – USA vs. China – Mercedes-Benz Superdome – 32,590
1/23/16 – Friendly – USA vs. Republic of Ireland – SDCCU Stadium – 23,309
2/10/16 – Olympics qualifier – USA vs. Costa Rica – Toyota Stadium – 8,143
2/13/16 – Olympics qualifier – USA vs. Mexico – Toyota Stadium – 15,032
2/15/16 – Olympics qualifier – USA vs. Puerto Rico – Toyota Stadium – 7,658
2/19/16 – Olympics qualifier – USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago – BBVA Compass Stadium – 5,561
2/21/16 – Olympics qualifier – USA vs. Canada – BBVA Compass Stadium – 10,119
3/3/16 – She Believes Cup – USA vs. England – Raymond James Stadium – 13,027
3/6/16 – She Believes Cup – USA vs. France – Nissan Stadium – 25,363
3/9/16 – She Believes Cup – USA vs. Germany – FAU Stadium – 13,501
4/6/16 – Friendly – USA vs. Colombia – Pratt & Whitney Stadium – 21,792
4/10/16 – Friendly – USA vs. Colombia – Talen Energy Stadium – 17,275
6/2/16 – Friendly – USA vs. Japan – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – 18,572
6/5/16 – Friendly – USA vs. Japan – FirstEnergy Stadium – 23,535
7/9/16 – Friendly – USA vs. South Africa – Soldier Field – 19,272
7/22/16 – Friendly – USA vs. Costa Rica – Children’s Mercy Park – 12,635
9/15/16 – Friendly – USA vs. Thailand – Mapfre Stadium – 10,490
9/18/16 – Friendly – USA vs. Netherlands – Georgia Dome – 15,652
10/19/16 – Friendly – USA vs. Switzerland – Rio Tinto Stadium – 14,336
10/23/16 – Friendly – USA vs. Switzerland – US Bank Stadium – 23,400
11/10/16 – Friendly – USA vs. Romania – Avaya Stadium – 16,425
11/13/16 – Friendly – USA vs. Romania – Stub Hub Center – 20,336
3/1/17 – She Believes Cup – USA vs. Germany – Talen Energy Stadium – 16,318
3/4/17 – She Believes Cup – USA vs. England – Red Bull Arena – 26,500
3/7/17 – She Believes Cup – USA vs. France – RFK Stadium – 21,638
4/6/17 – Friendly – USA vs. Russia – Toyota Stadium – 15,191
4/9/17 – Friendly – USA vs. Russia – BBVA Compass Stadium – 11,347
7/27/17 – Tournament of Nations – USA vs. Australia – CenturyLink Field – 15,748
7/30/17 – Tournament of Nations – USA vs. Brazil – SDCCU Stadium – 21,096
8/3/17 – Tournament of Nations – USA vs. Japan – StubHub Center – 23,161
9/15/17 – Friendly – USA vs. New Zealand – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – 17,301
9/19/17 – Friendly – USA vs. New Zealand – Nippert Stadium – 30,596
10/19/17 – Friendly – USA vs. South Korea – Mercedes-Benz Superdome – 9,371
10/22/17 – Friendly – USA vs. South Korea – Wake Med Soccer Park – 9,727
11/12/17 – Friendly – USA vs. Canada – Avaya Stadium – 17,960
1/21/18 – Friendly – USA vs. Denmark – SDCCU Stadium – 17,526
3/1/18 – She Believes Cup – USA vs. Germany – Mapfre Stadium – 14,591
3/4/18 – She Believes Cup – USA vs. France – Red Bull Arena – 25,706
3/7/18 – She Believes Cup – USA vs. England – Orlando City Stadium – 12,351
4/5/18 – Friendly – USA vs. Mexico – TIAA Bank Field – 14,360
4/8/18 – Friendly – USA vs. Mexico – BBVA Compass Stadium – 15,349
6/7/18 – Friendly – USA vs. China – Rio Tinto Stadium – 13,230
6/12/18 – Friendly – USA vs. China – FirstEnergy Stadium – 12,335
7/26/18 – Tournament of Nations – USA vs. Japan – Children’s Mercy Park – 18,467
7/29/18 – Tournament of Nations – USA vs. Australia – Pratt & Whitney Stadium – 21,570
8/2/18 – Tournament of Nations – USA vs. Brazil – Toyota Park – 18,309
8/31/18 – Friendly – USA vs. Chile – StubHub Center – 23,544
9/4/18 – Friendly – USA vs. Chile – Avaya Stadium – 14,340
10/4/18 – World Cup qualifier – USA vs. Mexico – WakeMed Soccer Park – 5,404
10/7/18 – World Cup qualifier – USA vs. Panama – WakeMed Soccer Park – 7,532
10/10/18 – World Cup qualifier – USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago – WakeMed Soccer Park – 3,996
10/14/18 – World Cup qualifier – USA vs. Jamaica – Toyota Stadium – 7,555
10/17/18 – World Cup qualifier – USA vs. Canada – Toyota Stadium – 6,986
2/27/19 – She Believes Cup – USA vs. Japan – Talen Energy Stadium – 14,555
3/2/19 – She Believes Cup – USA vs. England – Nissan Stadium – 22,125
3/5/19 – She Believes Cup – USA vs. Brazil – Raymond James Stadium – 14,009
4/4/19 – Friendly – USA vs. Australia – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – 17,264
4/7/19 – Friendly – USA vs. Belgium – Banc of California Stadium – 20,941
5/12/19 – Friendly – USA vs. South Africa – Levi’s Stadium – 22,788
5/16/19 – Friendly – USA vs. New Zealand – Busch Stadium – 35,761
5/26/19 – Friendly – USA vs. Mexico – Red Bull Arena – 26,332

Total Attendance: 1,251,985
Average Attendance: 18,145

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