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FA Cup final sells out Wembley as women’s soccer attendances surge

Pernille Harder and Chelsea will face Manchester United in the FA Cup final in front of more than 70,000 fans. (Harriet Lander/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Women’s soccer continues its meteoric rise, with the Women’s FA Cup final at London’s Wembley Stadium selling out for the first time ever.

Manchester United and Chelsea are set to face off on May 14 for the trophy, and they will do so in front of a crowd of more than 70,000 fans. 

The sellout is just the latest in a long line of record attendances for women’s soccer this season. For their Champions League semifinal match, Arsenal sold out Emirates Stadium for the first time ever. Earlier in the season, the Gunners attracted a Women’s Super League record crowd of 47,367 for the north London derby in September when they played Tottenham Hotspur.

While last season’s Champions League quarterfinal and semifinal games in Barcelona broke records, other clubs have seen massive crowds this season as well.

Wolfsburg’s semifinal against Arsenal – the first leg – featured more than 22,000 fans, while Roma’s game against Barcelona drew just shy of 40,000 people. In total, five of the WCL’s all-time top 10 crowds have come this season. 

Attendance for 10 WCL matches surpassed 20,000 fans this season. Just 17 had reached that number prior to this season.

These trends are exciting, particularly in a summer where the Women’s World Cup is set to break attendance records of its own: More than 750,000 tickets have been sold to the tournament in Australia and New Zealand, per FIFA. The tournament could break the attendance record set at the 2019 World Cup, which reached just over 1.1 million people.