Arsenal boss Eidevall keen on more WSL matches being played at bigger grounds

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JONAS EIDEVALL needs more WSL video games hosted at bigger stadiums with surging fan curiosity in matches following the Euros.

The Arsenal chief, 39, hopes postponed top-tier fixtures can happen on the identical rescheduled date with the FA in talks with golf equipment.

Jonas Eidevall has called for more WSL games to be held at larger stadiums


Jonas Eidevall has referred to as for more WSL video games to be held at bigger stadiumsCredit: Getty
Arsenal take on Brighton at Meadow Park before an Emirates clash with Tottenham with 40,000 tickets sold ahead of the derby


Arsenal take on Brighton at Meadow Park earlier than an Emirates conflict with Tottenham with 40,000 tickets bought forward of the derbyCredit: Getty

The Gunners’ house duel with Brighton on Friday kicks off the brand new WSL time period with Eidevall’s facet concentrating on a primary title win since 2019.

The 7:30 pm Meadow Park fixture would be the first top-tier recreation held following the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth II final Thursday at Balmoral

Matches had been postponed final week in honour of the passing of the nation’s longest-serving monarch.

The conflict comes eight days earlier than Arsenal play Tottenham at the Emirates with a WSL record-breaking crowd anticipated with 40,000 tickets bought.

When requested how gamers will react to ramped-up curiosity within the league, Eidevall, mentioned: “I’m certain gamers will reply in a means that shall be glorious as a result of the standard (of the sport) on the pitch is there.

“We simply must make certain we discover stadiums that permit more attendees to return in and watch.

“The downside shall be the place we see we have now a really low variety of medium-sized stadiums within the nation, so that you both have smaller stadiums or actually large ones.

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“Our postponed recreation in opposition to Manchester City is an ideal instance of that.

“These are two good groups and with curiosity from the Euros, in fact, that is going to be a sell-out that at their Academy Stadium.

“The query is when so many more individuals need to watch the sport, the place can we play it so all those that need to come to a recreation and watch have entry?”

Man City bought more than 6,000 tickets for his or her Sunday evening house duel with Arsenal – one in every of six postponed WSL fixtures attributable to be rescheduled.  

An FA spokesperson instructed SunSport: “Women’s Super League golf equipment have been given some flexibility to rearrange their postponed matches.

“This is to make sure they’re able to discover a date and time that overcomes the assorted challenges they must navigate corresponding to stadium availability.”


The FA says rescheduled dates are within the technique of being finalised with golf equipment with new timings to be introduced in the end.

Eidevall added: “My opinion is that within the WSL, you’ll play all of the postponed video games from this spherical on the identical date.

“That’s so you do not create a league desk the place some groups have, for instance, played ten (matches) and a few groups have played 11 they usually play on totally different sides of the switch window.

“I do not suppose anybody will take that into consideration.

“But for me once I look at making an attempt to make it truthful – and it is actually necessary the competitors is truthful to all groups – I’d do it that means.”

Friday evening’s match will see Arsenal’s Euros and Copa America Feminina winners again in league motion.

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Leah Williamson, Beth Mead, Lotte Wubben-Moy claimed event medals following England’s Euros triumph.

And Rafaelle Souza skippered Brazil to a fourth consecutive Copa America crown.

Eidevall needs Arsenal to leverage their psychological power after ending a degree behind champions Chelsea final time period.

And the Gunners gaffer highlighted a few of England’s Euros successful exploits involving Arsenal aces as examples.

Eidevall mentioned: “With psychological power, it begins with believing as a result of if you happen to concede a aim, you’ll have totally different feelings going via your physique and you’ll let these feelings take over and affect your actions.

Eidevall reckons Arsenal can harness the trophy-winning experiences of their Euros and Copa America winners


Eidevall reckons Arsenal can harness the trophy-winning experiences of their Euros and Copa America winnersCredit: Getty

“You can provide up or suppose it’ll be a kind of days the place we’re going to concede one other aim. Or you may keep in mind and say ‘now, wait a minute’.

“For instance, the English gamers who went 1-0 down in opposition to Spain at (at the Euros), they’ve the reminiscence now that claims, ‘No, it does not must be that means’.

“It may be a kind of days as properly the place we rating within the eightieth minute after which we get an time beyond regulation aim.

It’s about making a product meaning a lot to people who they go and watch (a recreation) even when there’s a snowstorm.

Jonas Eidevall

“So in fact, I believe optimistic experiences assist rather a lot in an effort to cope with antagonistic conditions.”

With rising post-Euros curiosity within the girls’s recreation, WSL followers hope there are not any knock-on results on fan attendance following final week’s match postponements.

Before video games had been postponed Albion boss Hope Powell talked of the necessity to stop crowd numbers from dwindling throughout winter.

On avoiding attendance dips, Eidevall added: “In the top, it’s about making a product meaning a lot to people who they go and watch (a recreation) even when there’s a snowstorm.

Arsenal have sold more than 2,720 tickets for their duel with Brighton at their 3,200-capacity Meadow Park home


Arsenal have bought more than 2,720 tickets for his or her duel with Brighton at their 3,200-capacity Meadow Park houseCredit: Getty

“You go and watch even when it’s not handy since you care a lot about the workforce.

“If I speak about Arsenal as a membership (we’re) making an attempt to work along with all departments so we will attain potential audiences and produce them to stadiums.

“But that’s not a fast repair, it’s about making that reference to individuals so that they really feel they must go.”

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