Barcelona and Atletico Madrid draw world record women’s club crowd

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid draw world record women’s club crowd
Sunday’s Liga Iberdrola clash between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona saw a world record 60,739 fans turn out to watch a women’s club soccer game.

The top-of-the-table fixture took place at Atletico’s men’s side’s Wanda Metropolitano instead of the women’s team’s smaller home ground which only holds 3,500 fans.

Tickets for the game were available for free to club members and €5 for the general public. An Atletico spokesperson told ESPN that more than 40 per cent of tickets for the fixture were paid for.

Despite the big home backing for Atletico, it was Barça who won the game 2-0 to close the gap to three points at the top of the league.

"The players are the reason for all the success," said Atletico coach José Luis Sánchez Vera, speaking to El Pais before the game.

“They are the ones who have connected with the fans and they are the ones who are going to fill this stadium with Atléticos.

“The match will be a party for all of them and for those who don't know our players, I think they're going to be hooked.”

The attendance figure was another indication of the growing popularity of women’s soccer in Spain, shattering the previous record held by Athletic Bilbao’s women’s team, who welcomed 48,121 supporters to the San Mames Stadium in January for their Copa del Rey tie against Atletico.

The outright record attendance for a women’s soccer game is 90,185 at the 1999 Fifa Women’s World Cup final between the USA and China, which took place at California’s Rose Bowl.

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