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.
The differences in attendance between a club’s stand alone home games and double header home games has a unique set of considerations attached to it.
Venues and their accessibility, kick off times, weather, the presence or lack of an A-League side and the success of the individual club all play a role in the crowd size, as much as the double header-stand alone dichotomy.
For example, the Wanderers felt the full force of these variables and experienced the two extremes of crowd figures.
They had both the highest crowd number for the season – 8449 at a Sydney derby double header at ANZ Stadium — and the lowest — 215 at a stand alone, Friday 4:30pm kick off.
This brings us to the main use for double headers: they are the most effective way of increasing crowd figures.
Here are the tip of the iceberg facts.
The total number of people who attended W-League home and away season matches increased by 52 percent from last season.
In 2016–17, a total of 75,694 people attended the 54 games in the season proper. This season 115,087 people went to the 54 regular season matches.
But within these figures there needs to be a distinction between stand alone and W-League/A-League double headers.
For starters in 2016–17 there were 18 double headers and 36 stand alone games.