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Share of Italians interested in soccer in 2020

How many Italians are interested in soccer? According to a survey conducted in 2020, about six in ten Italians claimed to be interested in this sport. While 23 percent of respondents claimed to be occasional fans, 18 percent of the survey sample stated to watch matches or read football news weekly. Moreover, 16 percent of interviewees followed soccer daily or almost every day.

The profile of the Italian soccer fans

As of 2020, about one in two Italian women was not interested in soccer. Furthermore, half of the female respondents who showed an interest in this sport claimed to be occasional fans. By contrast, roughly 25 percent of Italian men was interested in football on a weekly basis, and more than a quarter of male interviewees followed this sport every day. When considering the age of the Italian football fans, a survey revealed that about 40 percent of Italians aged between 35 and 44 years were interested in soccer at least once a week.

Soccer is very popular in the Islands, less in the North-East

In 2020, only 34 percent of Italians who live in the islands of Sicily or Sardinia claimed to not be interested at all in soccer. In addition, the South recorded a high share of dedicated football fans. By contrast, half of the North-East residents did not show any interest in soccer in 2020.

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In cooperation with
YouGov Italy
Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

June 18-19, 2020

Number of respondents

1,029 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

The survey question was phrased by the source as follows: "Ti interessa il calcio? (Es. segui un campionato, leggi news sul calcio) Seleziona una sola risposta".

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