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EFL recognises contribution of women supporters

To mark International Women’s Day, the EFL has paid tribute to the women who go to games in the EFL every weekend.

More than 2.9m women attend EFL matches per season with an average of 64,000 women supporters per EFL matchday, according to the league’s most recent supporters survey.

That survey also showed:

  • 87% of women enjoy the atmosphere in the stadium amongst fellow fans
  • 84% said football is an important part of family life
  • 71% suggested going to watch football is a big part of their usual weekly routine.

At the weekend’s games, the EFL released promotional materials and a video with supporters to recognise women’s place at the match.

The EFL’s head of equality, diversity and inclusion, David McArdle, said: “The EFL and its clubs will be celebrating women fans across England and Wales, to champion the message that watching football is a passion that everyone can enjoy.

“In recent years clubs and supporters’ groups have undertaken great initiatives to enhance the matchday experience and the league will continue to explore how this can be improved further to help inspire a new generation of women and girls into the game we love.”

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