The FA believe poor weather was partly responsible for almost 9,000 supporters with tickets not attending England’s match with Germany at Wembley.
The crowd for Saturday’s friendly was recorded at 77,768, the biggest for an England women’s football match in the country but short of the 80,000 that attended the London 2012 Olympics final – a record for women’s football in England.
The FA confirmed that 86,619 tickets had been issued for the Lionesses’ game against Germany, which was officially sold out, but in the event there were almost 9,000 empty seats at the national stadium.
The governing body is believed to have attributed many of the no-shows to Saturday’s poor weather, which featured heavy rain and cold winds.
Of the 86,000 tickets issued, over 80,000 were paid for while a small number were gifted to former players as well as members of the Armed Forces via Tickets for Troops.
Club Wembley members did not have the fixture included in their packages, but it is understood that from next season members will be given the option to opt into women’s football fixtures due to high demand.
The FA’s head of women’s football, Sue Campbell, said: “We are delighted to have broken the attendance record for an England women’s match.
“To see Wembley so full and to experience such a tremendous atmosphere was a joy to behold. It felt like a truly historic moment in the development of the women’s game.”