With the W-League celebrating its first decade, now is the time to celebrate what’s been achieved so far as well as look forward to what more can be done.
Firstly, football double headers become a long day.
If you throw kids into the mix I can only imagine it becomes exhausting.
There is a big difference between around four and a half hours of watching football at a stadium compared with the ease of watching back to back games at home.
Secondly, there is a symbolic victory in having the women’s match second and the men’s game occupying the unofficial ‘curtain raiser’ slot.
However, there is something disheartening about watching people leave after the men’s game and not sticking around for the women’s game.
When scheduling isn’t the issue, venue choice can also play a role in crowd numbers.
Almost all double headers are played at large, centrally located venues, typically with easy public transport access, therefore removing a barrier to people attending.
Stand alone games – meaning non-A-League double headers – are generally a different story.
Only a handful of W-League games have been played at a big venue without the presence of an A-League match.
Otherwise, it’s small venues which can be difficult to get to.