Phoenix break A-League Women attendance record in historic day

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Wellington Phoenix were beaten 4-1 by Melbourne City, but the crowd attendance number outweighed the loss, with 5,213 people attending Sky Stadium.

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This broke the record for the highest regular season attendance for an A-League Women match, an impressive feat for women’s football in New Zealand.

It was the first ever professional women’s match on New Zealand soil, with Wellington Phoenix Women having played their home matches in Australia for the entirety of last season.

Phoenix coach Natalie Lawrence believed it was historic day for everyone involved.

“The day as a whole is a memorable one for these players and their families. It was such a remarkable experience and moment in our history,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence spoke about how special the match was for women’s football in New Zealand.

“We have proved that there can be 5,000 plus fans here in New Zealand watching professional women’s football,” she said.

“Today will inspire all the little girls to play football. That’s what today was all about for us.”

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Before the match the team were welcomed on the field for the first time with a traditional Māori welcome, something that Lawrence said was uplifting.

“Before the game was one of those moments that gave everyone goosebumps. The stadium, the club and the country has really celebrated this day incredibly well,” Lawrence said.

Phoenix forward Ava Pritchard was struggling for words to describe the crowd.

“I don’t even have words. When you are dribbling down the line and you hear the noise its crazy,” Pritchard said.

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She mentioned she and many of the team had never played in a crowd that big and definitely not one supporting them.

“I have never played in a crowd that size, especially one that was supporting us. There were similar sized crowds at the World Cup, but it was never for our team so it really meant a lot,” she said.

Pritchard believed the support her team got all week was a real turning point for women’s football in New Zealand.

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“This week has been amazing. All the media and people wanting to talk to us is crazy.

I never thought women’s football would be this big in New Zealand. Getting 5,000 fans means so much to the team,” Pritchard said.

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Even the opposition coach and former Wellington Phoenix player Dario Vidošić acknowledged the record-breaking crowd after his team’s win.

“It was a fantastic crowd. I have to give congratulations to the people of Wellington who broke the record today. Women’s football deserves crowds like this,” Vidošić said.

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Unfortunately for the Phoenix, the result wasn’t what they wanted, but November 20, 2022 will be remembered as a landmark day in New Zealand football folklore.

Feature Image Credit: Wellington Phoenix 

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