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2018 NWSL Attendance

Orlando Pride season opener

Another below-average week in 2018 NWSL attendance, as none of the four teams in action drew the league average. 

Here is the 2018 NWL attendance to date:

Team Av. Tot Gms 2017 YoY Week 12
1 Portland Thorns FC 15,709 94,251 6 17,653 -0.11
2 Utah Royals FC 8,604 43,018 5 NA NA
3 Chicago Red Stars 5,326 31,957 6 3,198 0.67 4,093
4 Orlando Pride 5,103 25,514 5 6,186 -0.18 4,445
5 NC Courage 4,336 30,355 7 4,389 -0.01 5,164
6 Seattle Reign FC 4,004 16,016 4 4,037 -0.01
7 Houston Dash 3,557 24,900 7 4,578 -0.22
8 Washington Spirit 3,474 24,320 7 3,491 0.00 3,509
9 Sky Blue FC 2,189 13,132 6 2,613 -0.16
TOTALS 5,726 303,463 53 5,083 0.13 17,211
WEEKLY AV. 4,303

On the one hand, we saw some pretty decent crowds for North Carolina and Washington matches. But Chicago and Orlando were both below-average, and overall none of the four teams matched the 2018 NWSL attendance average. Then again, the numbers are always a little off when Portland and Utah are not hosting a match. Every returning team save Chicago Red Stars (thanks to one huge crowd to begin the season) is down in 2018 when compared to 2017. We’ll see if the summer attendance helps boost the numbers of returning teams.

Information from the NWSL website. Image courtesy Orlando Pride.

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