We don’t need big stadiums and crowds, link with fans is what makes game special

We don’t need big stadiums and crowds, link with fans is what makes game special
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THE response to the opening games of the Women’s Super League has shown we need to stop comparisons to the men’s game and just appreciate it for what it is  People said there was little atmosphere at last weekend’s derbies, but playing women’s games in big stadiums every week does not contribute to a buzzing match-day experience  I went to the Arsenal game against West Ham last Sunday at Meadow Park, which attracted a decent 3,000 or so crowd  The atmosphere in a smaller ground felt intimate and the fans were closer to the players  The connection between the two is a big part of women’s football. We should not lose it  Fans love to feel close to their heroes and get an autograph. We need to preserve that  The opening weekend of the WSL showed the interest is out there and there is no pressure on the clubs to maintain big crowds  To increase attendances it’s important to make everyone aware there are games going on It’s part of the players’ jobs now to promote the league.  It’s not about marketing — it’s about the product on the pitch and it’s down to the players to make sure they’re doing everything to be their best  They know people are coming to watch them so they need to be making sure they’re the fittest they’ve ever been  The women’s game is moving away from the diving and dissent in men’s football.  I was impressed with newly-promoted Manchester United at the Etihad You could see Casey Stoney has got her side well drilled.  Next up in the WSL is a showdown on Monday with Arsenal, who are looking like the team to beat  I’m so excited the Gunners have England midfielder Jordan Nobbs back after a year following a knee injury  With the Olympics and the Euros looming, Jordan will be doing everything to make it  Players like her are role models for youngsters and now more matches are being televised that is inspiring for the next generation England Lioness Alex Scott officially announced as a contestant for Strictly Come Dancing 2019

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