Atletico Madrid women’s team draws 60,739 world-record crowd

Atlético Madrid Femenino drew 60,739 fans for their clash with FC Barcelona Femení at Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday, setting a world-record attendance for a women’s club football match.

The previous record in Spain was held by Athletic Bilbao when 48,121 attended their Copa de la Reina game against Atlético at the San Mames Stadium in January.

The former world record for a women’s club match was a game between Mexican sides Monterrey and Tigres in 2018, where 51,000 fans showed up.

The record for any women’s match was set at the 1999 Women’s World Cup final when 90,185 people watched the United States beat China 5-4 on penalties at the Rose Bowl in California.

Atlético’s women’s team usually play at the 3,376-seater Estadio Cerro del Espino, which is shared with Segunda División side CF Rayo Majadahonda.

Tickets for Atlético’s match against Barça – a top-of-the-table game in Liga Femenina Iberdrola – were free for club members and available for as little as €5 for the general public, ESPN reported.

In a further sign of the growth of women’s football, the Argentine Football Association announced on Saturday that the national women’s league will be granted professional status.

Each of the 16 clubs of the women’s top division must now have at least eight professional contracts with female players.

AFA president Claudio Tapia said the governing body would provide pitches for teams who do not have their own facilities and intends on creating a high-performance centre in Buenos Aires.

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