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2018 NWSL Attendance

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Season-high crowds in Portland and North Carolina led to a strong week in 2018 NWSL attendance, as the circuit continued an exceptionally strong run for the season.

Here is the 2018 NWSL attendance through August 19:

Team Av. Totals Gms 2017 YoY Week 21
1 Portland Thorns FC 16,438 164,376 10 17,653 -0.07 18,631
2 Utah Royals FC 8,555 94,100 11 NA NA
3 Orlando Pride 4,821 53,030 11 6,186 -0.22
4 NC Courage 4,731 52,044 11 4,389 0.08 7,606
5 Chicago Red Stars 4,507 45,074 10 3,198 0.41
6 Houston Dash 3,860 38,602 10 4,578 -0.16 3,007
7 Seattle Reign FC 3,824 38,237 10 4,037 -0.05 3,341
8 Washington Spirit 3,550 31,948 9 3,491 0.02
9 Sky Blue FC 2,390 26,288 11 2,613 -0.09 3,468
TOTALS 5,846 543,699 93 5,083 0.15 36,053
WEEKLY AV. 7,211

The team with the best year-over-year attendance results is North Carolina Courage, and a crowd of 7,606 was the best this season for the team. And, of course, a week with a huge Portland Thorns crowd is always a good one for the NWSL; the Thorns drew in just a little more than half of the attendance for the week. The issue for the NWSL in the future will be spurring growth in existing franchises. Adding Utah Royals this season was a huge bump, but for future growth teams like Seattle and Houston — once big draws — need to improve.

Information from the NWSL website. Image courtesy Orlando Pride.

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