Fill stadiums, the great pending task of women’s football

first_imgLogroñoLas Gaunas44116,000 Athletic *Lezama4621,000 Madrid CFFMatapiñonera8483,000 Spanish women’s football proved last season to be able to fill a stadium with 60,739 spectators (Atleti-Barça at Wanda). This historic milestone, which broke the world record for attendance at a women’s club match, was accompanied by other great entries of this category in First class temples. To the traditional opening of San Mamés, which has been hosting women’s matches quite often for decades, the party of a Seville derby joined in Benito Villamarín (23,000 spectators) or a Real Sociedad-Athletic in Anoeta (21,234), among many other examples.Undoubtedly, 2018-19 was a season marked by good assists in this category, demonstrating the great growth of the fans of women’s football in Spain. However, far from these numbers, the reality day after day in the fields of the First Iberdrola was and is very different. Without going any further, this season, the average general attendance at matches is around 700 spectators. Added to this is the decrease in openings in large elite temples. Atlético have not yet held any women’s matches at Wanda this year and only the league has opened its doors on Heliodoro Rodríguez López (Granadilla-Betis, with 1,351 spectators), San Mamés (Athletic-Barça, with 32,068), the Reale Arena (Real-Athletic, 28,367) or el Colombino, in which Sporting de Huelva has played several games with an average entry of 750 people. These stadiums are joined by Riazor, which received 7,569 spectators for a Depor-Valencia Cup. * Teams that have played in other stadiums. Source: SoccerwayBy teams, only Barça (leader of the First), Atlético (2º) and the surprising Depor (4º) surpass a thousand spectators, the azulgrana being the one with the best average, with 2,787 people in the new Johan Cruyff. In addition to these clubs, only three teams (Madrid CFF, Valencia and Real Sociedad) exceed 700 spectators in the total season average. The rest of the clubs (10) are far below, drawing attention to the cases of Sevilla, Levante, Tacon or Rayo, which usually have an entrance of about 300 spectators. It should be noted that the majority of women’s teams play in sports cities, in areas far from the city center. Whether or not this is the reason for the low attendance, the truth is that filling the stadiums day after day and not only at specific moments is marked as one of the great pending tasks of Spanish women’s football. SportsC.D Abegondo1,1342,000 HeelCD. Real Madrid3443,000 ValenciaAntonio Puchades8103,000 I raisedCD. Buñol3723,000 First Iberdrola assists TeamStadiumAverageCapacitycenter_img Passion fruit*The palm4542,700 SevilleJesus Navas3827,000 BetisCD. Luis del Sol5423,000 Real society*Zubieta8001,500 Spanish*CD. Dani Jarque4576,000 BarcaJohan Cruyff2,7876,000 Sp. Huelva *The order5062,000 AthleticCD. Wanda1,3453,000 Vallecano Ray*CD. Vallecano Ray3001,200last_img read more

Tiger Woods not ready to return to action at US Open

first_imgTiger Woods ruled himself out of next week’s US Open at Oakmont and the Quicken Loans event he hosts to benefit his foundation, saying on Tuesday he is not yet ready to return to competition.Woods has not played since undergoing microdiscectomy back surgery last September.”While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I am not physically ready to play in this year’s US Open and the Quicken Loans National,” Woods announced on his website.”I am making progress, but I’m not yet ready for tournament competition.”Woods said he would host and attend the Quicken Loans National at Congressional the week following the US Open held outside of Pittsburgh.”It’s the 10th year of our tournament, and we continue to support the community, the military and the programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation,” he said.Woods counts three US Opens among his total of 14 major championship victories.His triumph in a playoff over Rocco Mediate at the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines marks his last major triumph, and he finished runner-up at the US championship in Oakmont in 2007.Woods, 40, remains proactively entered in the British Open, to be contested at Royal Troon from July 14-17.last_img read more