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Football League Attendances Top 15 Million

Fri 23rd May 2014 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Crowds across the Sky Bet Football League have increased by 136,000 during 2013/14, a 1% increase on the previous season and marks the 11th consecutive season that crowds have topped the 15m mark.

The Sky Bet Championship has retained its place as the fourth most watched league in Europe despite a 5% fall in attendances on the previous year with a total audience of more than 9.1m fans, at an average of over 16,500 supporters per match.

Only the Premier League (13.9m), Germany's Bundesliga (13.1m) and Spain's La Liga (10m) can boast more fans through the turnstiles. The Football League's top division, once again, attracted more supporters than Italy's Serie A (8.8m) and France's Ligue 1 (7.8m).

Attendance in Sky Bet League 1 saw a sharp rise of over 18% with more than 4.1m people going to games in the third tier, at an average of 7,478 fans per match. 

Crowds for matches in Sky Bet League 2 averaged 4,351 per match and totalled 2.4m supporters.

In total over 15.7m people came through the gates at matches this season. The Football League continues to enjoy sustained long term attendance growth with gates having more than doubled in the 27 years since the introduction of the Play-Offs in 1986/87.

Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of The Football League, said: "Supporters are the lifeblood of The Football League so it is always encouraging to see League crowds rising. On behalf of all our clubs I would like to thank anyone who has been to a game this season.

"Gate receipts are the most important source of revenue for many Football League clubs whose efforts to attract and retain fans should be applauded."

2013/14 Football League Attendance Figures

(2012/13 figures in brackets)

Sky Bet Football League

Total: 15,703,427 (15,566,887)
Average: 9,483 (9,400)
% Change: +0.8%

 

Sky Bet Championship

Total: 9,173,519 (9,656,134)
Average: 16,619 (17,493)
% Change: -5.0%

 

Sky Bet League 1

Total: 4,127,923 (3,486,700)
Average: 7,478 (6,316)
% Change: +18.4%

 

Sky Bet League 2

Total: 2,401,985 (2,424,053)
Average: 4,351 (4,391)
% Change: 0.9%

 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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