Women's Football

Women's FA Cup final 2021/22 breaks competition attendance record

Ali Rampling
The Women's FA Cup final attracted a record crowd
The Women's FA Cup final attracted a record crowd / Michael Regan/GettyImages

The 2021/22 Women's FA Cup final has set an all-time attendance record for the competition, as 49,094 people watched Chelsea lift the trophy for a second successive season with victory over Manchester City.

A brace from Sam Kerr and a rocket from Erin Cuthbert helped Chelsea to a 3-2 extra-time win as the Blues completed a domestic double, adding the FA Cup to their WSL crown. Lauren Hemp and Hayley Raso were on the scoresheet for City.

The previous FA Cup final record had been posted back in 2018 and again involved Chelsea, as the Blues ran out 3-1 winners over rivals Arsenal in front of a crowd of 45,423.

The highest gate for an FA Cup final involving Manchester City had previously been in 2019, with 43,264 in attendance at Wembley as City beat West Ham 3-0.

The figure is is still short of the all-time record attendance for a women's football match in the UK, which was set at the 2012 Olympic final at Wembley. A crowd of 80,203 witnessed the USA top the podium by beating Japan 2-1.

It does represent the highest attendance a domestic women's football match in England has attracted since the 50-year ban on the sport was lifted in 1971 - although Dick, Kerr Ladies 53,000 figure crowd in 1920 remains the all-time record in said category.

Sunday's fixture was a fitting finish to the 2021/22 women's football season in England, and an exciting tease of what to expect at this summer's European Championships, which kick off at Old Trafford on 6 July.