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Stat of the Week: Association Football Attendance and Revenue

8:35 AMAleks Vee

by Aleks V |


While working on an article on the Russian Premier League and Major League Soccer, I thought it would be interesting to see how the two stack up against the world's other leagues. In the graphic below, I examine the world's top ten soccer leagues based on attendance and revenue.

(Interactive version available here.)

Interestingly, the Russian Premier League had a greater revenue than MLS in 2014-15. The RPL was 6th in revenue per club that season, while MLS didn't make the top 10. The following season, however, the RPL didn't make the list for average or total attendance.

Lack of promotion/relegation hasn't stopped MLS (or the Indian Super League) from being in the top 10 soccer leagues with the highest average attendance (MLS also came 7th in total attendance).
Other observations:

  • The English Premier League had nearly four times the revenue per club than the Bundesliga in 2014-15.
  • The Bundesliga's average attendance was 1.5 times greater than that of La Liga in 2015-16.
  • The Turkish Super Lig only made the top ten in revenue per club.
  • Although the Chinese Super League was sixth in the world in average attendance (2015-16), it wasn't in the top ten on revenue or revenue per club the previous season.
  • Although the J-League (Japan) wasn't in the top 10 leagues when it comes to average or total attendance for 2015/16, it came in 10th and 8th for total revenue and revenue by club for the previous season. 

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