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Average attendance of major soccer leagues around the world 2018/19

As one of the world's most beloved sports, it comes as no surprise that major soccer leagues around the world attract spectators in their thousands. The German Bundesliga sat top of the pile in the 2018/19 season, with an average of over 43 thousand fans flocking to the stadiums to watch the live action every weeekend.

Popularity of the Bundesliga

The best attended soccer league in the world in 2018/19 was the German Bundesliga, with an average of consistently over 40 thousand fans watching each match live in the stadium. This average has risen consistently in recent years and is around 5,000 more than the average in the 2007/08 season. Within the league, Borussia Dortmund recorded the highest average attendance during the 2018/19 season at over 80,000 fans.

MLS can't compete with the NFL

The average attendance of the MLS in North America stood at just under 22 thousand in the 2018/19 season. These figures pale in comparison to the popularity of the National Football League - a total of 17.1 million fans watched NFL games live during the 2018 regular season, with the number consistently over 17 million for the last decade. During the 2018 regular season, the Dallas Cowboys had the highest average home attendance in the league, with an average of over 91,000 fans watching each home game. This figure is almost 14,000 more than the average attendance of the New York Giants, which is the second highest in the league. Although the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium has an official capacity of 80,000 for football games, it is expandable to 105,000 with standing room.

NBA lagging behind

In contrast to the NFL, the average attendance of NBA games is still relatively low, with an average of 21,930 people watching each game live in the 2018/19 season. These figures can be attributed to the smaller size of basketball arenas, with the largest arena in the NBA, The United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls, having a capacity of just under 25,000 people. The Philadelphia 76ers were the best supported team throughout the whole of the 2018/19 regular season, as over 838,000 total fans attended their home games.

Major soccer leagues worldwide ranked by average per game attendance in 2018/19

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July 2019



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