The opening weekend of the NPLW in WA was well received off the pitch, as supporters tuned into matches streamed online in healthy numbers.
Across the four games in round one, over 50,000 viewers tuned into live streams on Football West’s YouTube and Facebook pages.
Football West CEO James Curtis claimed the NPLW figures were fantastic, but remained adamant numbers will continue to increase.
“We are delighted with the numbers for the games and it is great that the audience were treated to some quality performances,” Mr Curtis said.
“Women’s football is growing all the time, especially on the back of the winning 2023 Women’s World Cup bid, and Football West strongly believes there is a demand for live streaming our Women’s NPL. And as more and more people become aware that they can see the games live, our audiences will grow.
“This will be great for clubs, who get greater exposure for themselves and potentially their advertisers. But it will hopefully also draw more people to attend the matches.”
On the field, Perth SC defeated Fremantle 2-1, Northern Redbacks beat Subiaco 4-0, Balcatta edged out Murdoch University Melville 3-2 and Curtin University drew 2-2 with Hyundai NTC on Friday.
Curtis explained it was not only the women’s competition that was drawing attractive viewership numbers.
“We are also live streaming the Men’s NPL and Men’s Under 20s, as we did last season. Their figures are strong, too. In all, Football West will live stream over 150 games this year, which is fantastic.”