Manchester City Women manager Nick Cushing says it’s”realistic” for England’s top nightclubs to entice audiences to take on the attendances seen at Atletico Madrid and Juventus.

A European album of 60,739 watched Barcelona beat Atletico on 17 March.

However, Cushing says England’s topflight sides will need to expand their supporter base if they are going to compete.

The biggest English audience in today’s era was 45,423 for a year’s FA Cup final between Chelsea and Arsenal.

Cushing, 3-4, told the BBC:”The FA Cup final crowd weren’t only fans of those clubs involved. There certainly were lots of general fans of women’s football too.

“In Atletico Madrid and Juventus, the audiences were driven by the fans of these clubs involved.

“which must be our aim also and we believe it’s realistic”

Chelsea Women have the highest average audience at the WSL this season with 1,965, followed by City with 1,607.

City are a place behind leaders Arsenal together with three games remaining, although the London side have a game in hand.

At the very worst Cushing’s side are on course for their fourth consecutive top-two finish, with won the Continental Cup and reached the semi-finals of their FA Cup, where they are going to play with Chelsea on 14 April.

“We are working hard to grow the game and grow each component of Manchester City,” said Cushing.

“What we try to do is place an item on the pitch which encourages fans from the men’s team in the future and see us too.

“We wear the identical kit. It gets an identical badge on it and we all possess the exact same fire and need to be prosperous.”


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