Women's Super League One: Clubs enjoy record attendances

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Chelsea and Manchester City were the top two teams in WSL 1 this season

Women's Super League One crowds have seen a major increase from last season, the Football Association has announced.

The top division of women's football saw an overall 48% rise, with the average league attendance being 1,076 compared to 728 in 2014.

Newly-crowned champions Chelsea Ladies enjoyed the biggest gain with a 164% increase, while Sunderland were second with a 123% rise.

Manchester City had the highest average attendance of 1,500.

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They also claimed the season's single highest attendance with 3,180 supporters at the Academy Stadium on Sunday, as City beat Notts County on the final day of the 2015 WSL 1 campaign.

England's success at this summer's World Cup appears to have had a major impact on women's football, with attendances up by 29% compared to matches before the tournament.

FA director of football participation and development Kelly Simmons said: "The sheer increase in attendances we've seen this season shows just what appetite there is for the women's game in this country.

"2015 has been a landmark year for women's football, with the success of the England team at the World Cup and the first-ever SSE Women's FA Cup Final at Wembley, and this is another marker of just how far the game has come."

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