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2017 NWSL Attendance

Orlando Pride

We saw a slight dip in the 2017 NWSL attendance in Week 16, as several below-average crowds led to a per-game average of only 3,987 fans per game.

Here are the Week 16 numbers:

Team Average Total Matches Week 16 Week 16
1 Portland Thorns FC 16,875 151,873 9
2 Orlando Pride 6,347 57,126 9 5,243 4,273
3 Houston Dash 4,897 44,071 9 4,352
4 North Carolina Courage 4,158 37,420 9
5 Seattle Reign FC 3,696 33,261 9
6 Washington Spirit 3,600 28,802 8 3,722
7 Chicago Red Stars 3,556 28,444 8 4,934
8 Sky Blue FC 2,636 21,088 8
9 Boston Breakers 2,615 20,918 8
10 FC Kansas City 2,053 14,370 7 1,398
TOTALS 5,207 437,373 84 23,922
WEEKLY AVERAGE 3,987

A week with Portland on the road will always see a drop in total and per-fame average: the Thorns are responsible for more than a third of all NWSL attendance. But the numbers can’t look good when four of the six games on the weekly slate end up drawing below the team’s per-game average. Last week’s numbers weren’t the worst of the year for NWSL, but they’re certainly in the bottom third. And we’re still seeing the per-game 2017 NWSL attendance lag behind the 2016 average of 5,558.

This NWSL attendance listing is compiled from official NWSL game reports, posted on the league’s website. We cover only 2017 NWSL attendance in league game matches and not friendlies.

Image courtesy Orlando Pride.

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