Leigh Sports Village set for biggest WSL crowd

Thursday 15 September 2022 14:30

Leigh Sports Village (LSV) is set to welcome its largest Women’s Super League crowd on Saturday as Manchester United take on Reading in our opening match of the competition.

The season starts this weekend after the postponement of the initial first round of fixtures as a mark of respect following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

More than 6,500 tickets have already been sold for the midday BST kick-off at LSV which will mark the start of United’s fourth season in the top flight of English women’s football.

The previous record attendance at LSV was 4,835 in 2018 and this weekend’s crowd is expected to be at least double last season’s average across the WSL.

The club recently announced that the WSL fixture between United and Aston Villa Women on December 4 will be staged at Old Trafford. This will be the third women’s fixture at the Theatre of Dreams this year, following United’s WSL encounter with Everton Women in March and England’s victory over Austria in the sold-out opening game of the UEFA Women’s European Championships in July.

Almost 100,000 fans were in attendance across those two games and another big crowd will be expected in December, as enthusiasm for the women’s game continues to grow.

A quartet of England's Lionesses - Mary Earps, Ella Toone, Alessia Russo and Nikita Parris - are among those who could feature for United this weekend, along with a host of other internationals, rising stars and new faces in Marc Skinner’s team.  

Reds captain Katie Zelem is also expected to be involved on Saturday and could make her 100th appearance for United, having joined us from Juventus back in 2018. 
Both teams will wear black armbands and a minute’s silence will be observed ahead of kick-off in remembrance of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 


Tickets for United v Reading in the Women's Super League this Saturday 17 September at 12:00 BST are on sale to all supporters, online, via tickets.manutd.com, and hospitality seats are available in shared executive boxes.

Coach travel from Old Trafford to Leigh Sports Village can also be booked in advance.