The average attendance at games football games within the English Premier League, commonly referred to as the Premier League, has exhibited a gradual increase from 34,215 attendees per game in 2009/2010 to 38,484 attendees per game in 2018/19. In 2020/21, the average attendance at the games fell to its lowest value throughout this period with only 461 attendees per game. This significant reduction in attendance can be explained by the fact that many of the fixtures within this season were played without any audience in attendance in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic during this period.
The Premier League
The Premier League is one of the so-called ’Big-Five’ leagues of Europe, which include the top-tier football leagues of England, Spain, Italy, Germany, and France. Currently consisting of 20 professional football clubs, the Premier League constitutes the highest level of professional club football within the United Kingdom (UK) and is considered to be one of the most widely followed and well-known football leagues in the world.
The Premier League was established in 1992 following the decision of the then first division of the English Football league to capitalize on a lucrative television rights deal. A decision that has led to the clubs within the Premier League consistently yielding the largest combined revenue of the ‘Big-Five’ leagues of Europe with the combined revenue of all 20 Premier League clubs projected to be around 6.2 billion euros in the 2020/21 season; over two billion euros more than the expected combined revenue of their counterparts in Spain and Germany, who rank second and third respectively.
The 2020/21 season
The 2020/2021 season, following a delay until the 12 September due to the postponement of the previous season's conclusion as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 containment measures culminated in Manchester City FC reclaiming their title from the defending champions, Liverpool FC. Leading to the club's
Average attendance at games of the English Premier League from 2009/10 to 2021/22
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