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Major League Soccer

Average reported attendances for MLS through gameweek 11 of the 2017 season

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Reported attendances were less than stellar this past week. Columbus’ midweek match had the lowest reported gate in the league this season (10,318). Colorado, Dallas, DC United and Houston all had relatively poor turnouts. New York Red Bulls’ match against LA had the lowest showing (against the Galaxy) since 2006, the year before Beckham arrived.

Average reported attendances for MLS through gameweek 11 of the 2017 season

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Reported attendances were less than stellar this past week. Columbus’ midweek match had the lowest reported gate in the league this season (10,318). Colorado, Dallas, DC United and Houston all had relatively poor turnouts. New York Red Bulls’ match against LA had the lowest showing (against the Galaxy) since 2006, the year before Beckham arrived.

Atlanta United surpasses Seattle Sounders as kings of MLS attendances

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Atlanta United has surpassed Seattle Sounders for the best average attendance in MLS this season.

The 2017 debutant is averaging 49,077 fans per game at the Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. Meanwhile, Seattle Sounders is averaging 43,004 per game in 2017, which is a 8% increase from last season.

Atlanta United surpasses Seattle Sounders as kings of MLS attendances

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Atlanta United has surpassed Seattle Sounders for the best average attendance in MLS this season.

The 2017 debutant is averaging 49,077 fans per game at the Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta. Meanwhile, Seattle Sounders is averaging 43,004 per game in 2017, which is a 8% increase from last season.

New England Revolution averaging 13,344 attendance, 3% worse than last season

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In MLS last weekend, the teams reported pretty average attendances for gameweek 8.

There was an expected low turnout of 10,487 for New England Revolution’s midweek game (see above photo). A few days later, New England played at home in front of a reported attendance of 16,591. So far this season, the Revolution is averaging 13,344 fans per game.

New England Revolution averaging 13,344 attendance, 3% worse than last season

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In MLS last weekend, the teams reported pretty average attendances for gameweek 8.

There was an expected low turnout of 10,487 for New England Revolution’s midweek game (see above photo). A few days later, New England played at home in front of a reported attendance of 16,591. So far this season, the Revolution is averaging 13,344 fans per game.

Taking Attendance 4/16/2017: Almost All The Pros

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Almost every team in Major League Soccer, the United Soccer League and the North American Soccer League has played at least one home game1, so let's take a look at how each of our three pro men's leagues are doing at the turnstiles2. First, the numbers for MLS, the USL and the NASL and then, after the jump, a few notes.

LA Galaxy average attendance down 17% this season

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After the first 56 matches of the 2017 MLS season, the average reported attendance is nearly even with 2016. It’s currently down just 0.82%.

In MLS gameweek 6, New England and Philadelphia had disappointing reported attendances. But LA Galaxy continues to slide at the gate.

MLS reported attendances for 2017 on par with 2016 so far despite glut of empty seats

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For the first 45 games of the 2017 MLS season, the average attendance is virtually even with 2016 despite lots of empty seats at many MLS stadiums, particularly from this past weekend.

For gameweek 5, Chicago, Columbus, DC United, Houston and Minnesota reported disappointing attendances.

MLS reported attendances for 2017 on par with 2016 so far despite glut of empty seats

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For the first 45 games of the 2017 MLS season, the average attendance is virtually even with 2016 despite lots of empty seats at many MLS stadiums, particularly from this past weekend.

For gameweek 5, Chicago, Columbus, DC United, Houston and Minnesota reported disappointing attendances.

MLS reported attendances down 6.5% after first 21 games of 2017 season

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Cold weather ruined attendances at most venues for gameweek 2 of the 2017 MLS season. So much so, in fact, that reported attendances are down 6.5% for the first 21 games of the 2017 MLS season compared to last season.

It was cold enough last weekend that New England rescheduled its match with Orlando to September.

MLS opening weekend average attendance declines 4% compared to last season

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The average attendance from the opening weekend of the 2017 MLS season was 25,156, which represented a 3.8% decline compared to the 2016 MLS opening weekend average of 26,152.

The difference can be attributed to Seattle Sounders being on the road this season while they were at home for week 1 in 2016.

MLS opening weekend average attendance declines 4% compared to last season

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The average attendance from the opening weekend of the 2017 MLS season was 25,156, which represented a 3.8% decline compared to the 2016 MLS opening weekend average of 26,152.

The difference can be attributed to Seattle Sounders being on the road this season while they were at home for week 1 in 2016.

Taking Attendance 11/6/2016: The Big List

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Now that all the leagues of consequence on these shores have completed their regular seasons (and only two, MLS and the NASL, are still to crown champions), here's a combined list of the 83 North American outdoor soccer clubs for which I have any attendance data for the 2016 season.

Some information (especially at the very low levels) is incomplete.

Taking Attendance 10/28/2016: MLS Flattens Out

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Major League Soccer's twenty-first season looked a lot like its twentieth, at least at the turnstiles. The league did set a(nother) new record for total attendance at 7,375,285, but its average crowd of 21,692 was less than one percent higher than 2015's mark of 21,5741

This is not a real surprise, actually.

Sounders likely won’t set new attendance record in 2016

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Poor results on the field lead to reduced demand at the gate.

When the Sounders take the field Saturday afternoon against Cascadia Cup rivals Vancouver Whitecaps, they'll do so in front of a now-expected 50,000+ bodied crowd. But now in a three-year period of growth stagnation, the era of the Sounders sitting all alone at the top of Major League Soccer's attendance charts may be coming to an end.

Taking Attendance 6/6/2016: Professional Grade

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Usually I present soccer attendance numbers by leagues, but, just for fun this time around, let's look at every professional team1 and see where they stack up against each other, one through seventy2.

CAVEAT: These are announced figures. If you find a discrepancy, let me know about it.

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Newcastle Help EFL With Biggest Attendances Since 1959

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The EFL has recorded its highest attendance figures since way back in 1959 (when Elvis was King) duringlast season, helped by some high profile clubs with massivesupport like well Newcastle United. 18.1M people watched English Football League matches last season and Newcastle's home attendance of 51,108 meant an aggregate crowd of 1,175,484 watched [.

Newcastle Top Championship Attendances – Details Of All Clubs

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Here is a table of all home attendances in the Championship for the 24 clubs and the table was compiled by soccerstats.com. It's interesting reading and notice Newcastle are top of all categories including average attendance, but also for the percentage of the stadium that is full. Newcastle have an average of 50,526 and [.

Brentford Give Out Huge Compliments To Newcastle

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The Brentford press after the game on Saturday said their team had been outclassed by a very good Newcastle side who shouldn't be playing in the Championship. But the good news for Brentford was that next season we should be back in the Premier League well that's at least according to Tom Moore in [.

Season Tickets Being Snapped Up – First Home Game A Sellout

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The signing of Matz Sels yesterday for around £5M with the expected signing ofCrystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle for £10M today and Bournemouth' midfielder Matt Richie for £12M maybe tomorrow has caused season ticket sales to soar again on Tyneside, according to a report in the Chronicle this morning.

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Taking Attendance 5/1/2017: Very Early NPSL Numbers

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For years I eschewed including attendance figures for the National Premier Soccer League in my roundups of crowd numbers for the lower divisions of American soccer. There was no good way to get the numbers (the league and its teams have made virtually no effort over time), it has always seemed to be more trouble than it was worth and, quite frankly, the league has always seemed sort of ramshackle.

Taking Attendance 3/6/2017: (Nearly) Final MASL Numbers

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The Major Arena Soccer League's third season1 ended Sunday and, thanks in part to losing some dead weight, average announced attendance was up about 17 percent from a year ago.

It's probably not quite that much, because we're missing six data points, five of which are from teams that don't draw particularly well.

Taking Attendance 10/31/2016: NASL’s 20% Drop Just One Problem

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After four straight years of average announced attendance growth, the second-division North American Soccer League took a step back at the gate this season, part of an overall challenging year that has put the league's immediate future into some question.

Perhaps more important than losing 1,177 fans per game through the turnstiles in its sixth season, the NASL has already lost two solid franchises as the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury have jumped to the third-division United Soccer League.

Taking Attendance 10/3/2016: USL Shows Small Growth Overall

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The United Soccer League is already a week into its playoffs, but I have just now been able to track down all the missing digits from the 2016 season to post the final totals.

Overall, the league showed a tiny 2.1 percent increase in average announced attendance from 2015 to 20161, even though 13 of the 23 returning teams actually saw average attendance decreases year-to-year.

Taking Attendance 9/28/2016: NWSL Finishes Up 10 Percent From 2015

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The National Women's Soccer League has completed its fourth season (something no other women's pro league here has done), and its average attendance in 2016 was the highest for a women's league since the final year of the WUSA in 2003.

Here are the numbers (subject to the usual caveats, e.g.

Taking Attendance 6/13/2016: NASL Down 22% Spring-Over-Spring

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The North American Soccer League's 2016 Spring campaign ended with a flourish over the weekend, with Indy Eleven (all but) clinching the title (and the automatic playoff berth) by beating Carolina 4-1 at home a night before Fort Lauderdale lost at Edmonton to confirm it.

Minnesota, though, won the league's spring attendance championship by announcing exactly three more fans over its five home games than Indy did.

Taking Attendance 5/30/2016: I Ain’t Missing You At All

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Your Faithful Attendance Tracker has been keeping crowd figures for MLS since 2000 and for the lower levels for the last several years1. This year has been the most challenging one to try and get attendance figures for the United Soccer League, our third division2 league.

First, they redesigned their website, so attendance figures (which I was told were being inputted) weren't displaying.

Taking Attendance 5/15/2016: NWSL At The Quarter Turn

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Exactly one-fourth of the National Women's Soccer League schedule for 2016 is complete, so here's a check of where the most successful women's pro league ever in this country1 is doing at the gate through mid-May:

Team G Total Average Median High Low
Portland Thorns FC 1 16,073 16,073 16,073 16,073 16,073
Orlando Pride 3 39,455 13,152 8,211 23,403 7,841
Houston Dash 2 12,521 6,261 6,261 7,440 5,081
Seattle Reign FC 3 12,701 4,234 4,083 4,631 3,987
FC Kansas City 4 16,543 4,136 3,152 8,022 2,217
Washington Spirit 3 11,456 3,819 3,578 4,333 3,545
Boston Breakers 3 10,898 3,633 3,622 3,698 3,578
Western New York Flash 1 3,615 3,615 3,615 3,615 3,615
Chicago Red Stars 2 6,553 3,277 3,277 4,024 2,529
Sky Blue FC 3 5,098 1,699 1,275 2,571 1,252
NWSL TOTAL 25 134,913 5,397 3,698 23,403 1,252

A few notes are after the jump.

Taking Attendance 11/27/2015: First Look At MASL Crowds

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Now that every team in the Major1 Arena Soccer League has played at least one home game, let's take a quick look at the announced attendance figures for our latest attempt at a top-flight indoor soccer league in this country2:

Team G Total Average Median High Low
Baltimore 3 16,786 5,595 4,140 9,442 3,204
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Taking Attendance 11/1/2015: NASL Sets DII Record, Up 6 Percent

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With the North American Soccer League season ending earlier today, all three divisions of the men's pro outdoor game in this country1 have completed their regular seasons, and each has set a new average attendance record for their level. The NASL's final (unofficial2) average of X,XXX broke their own Division II record set last year (of 5,521) and represented a XX percent rise from 2014.

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Taking Attendance 12/24/2016: MASL Up Slightly Year-Over-Year

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The Major Arena Soccer League has reached its holiday break (between a game last night and one next Thursday night, both in Syracuse, none of the league's 17 teams will be in action), and average game attendance is running slightly ahead of last year's heading into Christmas.

First, the numbers, then, after the jump, some notes:

Team G Total Average Median High Low
Baltimore Blast 3 19,384 6,461 7,450 7,813 4,121
Soles de Sonora 4 18,418 4,605 4,274 6,732 3,138
Kansas City Comets 5 18,021 3,604 3,787 4,007 3,118
San Diego Sockers 4 12,601 3,150 3,215 3,573 2,599
Milwaukee Wave 3 8,738 2,913 2,399 4,278 2,061
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Taking Attendance 11/21/2016: A Peek Indoors

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With every team in the Major Arena Soccer League having played at least one home, it's time for an early look at the attendance figures for what passes for our top-flight indoor league these days.

The MASL downsized from 20 to 17 teams this year1, having lost its clubs in Flint, Las Vegas, Brownsville, Saltillo and Sacramento and gaining the expansion Florida TropicsIndoor Professional League, which never got traction.

Taking Attendance: Final MASL Numbers For 2015-2016

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With the second season of the Major Arena Soccer League in the books1, here's a look at the final announced attendance figures for the MASL:

Team G Total Average Median High Low Diff
Baltimore 10 61,027 6,103 5,621 9,442 3,204 -1.

Taking Attendance 2/1/2016: Checking On MASL Numbers

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With a month and a week to go in the Major Arena Soccer League's 2015-2016 season, here are the latest crowd figures for the latest attempt at a pro indoor soccer league in North America.

Team G Total Average Median High Low
Baltimore 8 44,922 5,615 4,376 9,442 3,204
Sonora 7 37,036 5,291 5,450 5,811 4,621
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U.S. National Team

US Soccer suffers 23% decrease in attendance for USMNT games in 2016

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Both the US Men's National Team and US Women's National Team have completed their last games of the 2016 calendar year. And while their performances on the pitch have been a mix of good and poor, the attendance figures for home games paint a worrying picturefor both the men and women's teams.

In 2016, every single friendly for the US Men's National Team was attended by less than 10,000 people.

US Soccer suffers 23% decrease in attendance for USMNT games in 2016

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Both the US Men's National Team and US Women's National Team have completed their last games of the 2016 calendar year. And while their performances on the pitch have been a mix of good and poor, the attendance figures for home games paint a worrying picturefor both the men and women's teams.

In 2016, every single friendly for the US Men's National Team was attended by less than 10,000 people.

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Spurs set English attendance record

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London (AFP) Tottenham smashed the record for the highest attendance for an English club on Wednesday as 85,011 fans packed into Wembley for their Champions League clash against Monaco.

With Tottenham's White Hart Lane stadium capacity reduced while work continues on the redevelopment of their historic home, the north London club have opted to play their European matches at Wembley this season.

Spurs set English attendance record

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London (AFP) Tottenham smashed the record for the highest attendance for an English club on Wednesday as 85,011 fans packed into Wembley for their Champions League clash against Monaco.

With Tottenham's White Hart Lane stadium capacity reduced while work continues on the redevelopment of their historic home, the north London club have opted to play their European matches at Wembley this season.

The Rest

Arsenal have the Best Fans?

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Only 13k at S'ton last night.What has happened to the Magic of the Cup?

If we draw at S'ton how many would go to the replay at the Emirates? My guess is another full house.

Our average gate through 2016 in the PL was 59,444 which is 99.4% capacity. Slightly lower for Cup games.