Attendance Project: WPS

Here are the year-by-year attendance figures for Women’s Professional Soccer, the second attempt at a large-scale professional women’s league. WPS’ austerity measures didn’t keep it from meeting the same fate as its predecessor, the Women’s United Soccer Association, and those same measures marginalized the league. Just look at the Boston Breakers, who, in 32 WUSA home matches, averaged 7,674 per game. In 31 WPS matches from 2009-2011, they averaged 4,533. Same market, same ownership, some of the same players, vastly different results.

Women’s Professional Soccer 2011 G Total Average
Western New York Flash 9 43,925 4,881
Atlanta Beat 9 43,559 4,840
Boston Breakers 9 39,992 4,444
Philadelphia Independence 9 24,970 2,774
Sky Blue FC 9 19,239 2,138
magicJack 9 18,299 2,033
WPS TOTAL 54 189,984 3,518
Women’s Professional Soccer 2010 G Total Average
Boston Breakers 12 53,878 4,490
Chicago Red Stars 12 48,296 4,025
Washington Freedom 12 45,904 3,825
Atlanta Beat 12 44,284 3,690
Sky Blue FC 11 36,521 3,320
FC Gold Pride 13 40,117 3,086
Saint Louis Athletica 4 12,109 3,027
Philadelphia Independence 13 38,190 2,938
WPS TOTAL 89 319,299 3,588
Women’s Professional Soccer 2009 G Total Average
Los Angeles Sol 10 62,980 6,298
Washington Freedom 10 57,466 5,747
Chicago Red Stars 10 49,276 4,928
Boston Breakers 10 46,651 4,665
Saint Louis Athletica 10 38,326 3,833
FC Gold Pride 10 36,666 3,667
Sky Blue FC 10 36,513 3,651
WPS TOTAL 70 327,878 4,684
All WPS Teams G Total Average
Los Angeles Sol 10 62,980 6,298
Western New York Flash 9 43,925 4,881
Washington Freedom 22 103,370 4,699
Boston Breakers 31 140,521 4,533
Chicago Red Stars 22 97,572 4,435
Atlanta Beat 21 87,843 4,183
Saint Louis Athletica 14 50,435 3,603
FC Gold Pride 23 76,783 3,338
Sky Blue FC 30 92,273 3,076
Philadelphia Independence 22 63,160 2,871
magicJack 9 18,299 2,033
WPS TOTAL 213 837,161 3,930