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  • Writer's pictureSebastian Friedrich

Average attendances of the big 5 football leagues

The average attendance figures of the top 5 football leagues in Europe from 2010 to 2022 show how spectator behavior has evolved in recent years. The Bundesliga in Germany tops the list, followed by the Premier League in England, La Liga in Spain, Serie A in Italy, and Ligue 1 in France.


The figures show that the Bundesliga has the highest average attendance and this number remained relatively stable in most years. The Premier League and La Liga also have high attendance figures, but there have been some fluctuations in recent years. Serie A and Ligue 1 have slightly lower attendance figures compared to the other leagues.


The COVID-19 pandemic has also had a significant impact on the attendance figures in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons, leading to a significant drop in attendance in all leagues. However, the 2021/22 season shows that attendance figures are slowly recovering and seem to be on the rise.


Overall, attendance figures are an important indicator of the popularity of football in Europe and demonstrate how much fans support the game and their teams. However, the evolution of attendance figures in recent years also shows that there are fluctuations due to various factors that can vary from year to year.


Bundesliga (Germany):

  • 2010/11: 42,790

  • 2011/12: 44,293

  • 2012/13: 44,293

  • 2013/14: 42,609

  • 2014/15: 42,685

  • 2015/16: 43,300

  • 2016/17: 41,511

  • 2017/18: 44,511

  • 2018/19: 42,738

  • 2019/20: 44,498

  • 2020/21: 23,109

  • 2021/22: 21,947

Premier League (England):

  • 2010/11: 35,216

  • 2011/12: 34,601

  • 2012/13: 35,975

  • 2013/14: 36,657

  • 2014/15: 36,695

  • 2015/16: 36,465

  • 2016/17: 35,822

  • 2017/18: 38,297

  • 2018/19: 38,168

  • 2019/20: 28,277

  • 2020/21: 8,090

  • 2021/22: 38,607

La Liga (Spain):

  • 2010/11: 27,106

  • 2011/12: 28,125

  • 2012/13: 26,698

  • 2013/14: 26,869

  • 2014/15: 27,381

  • 2015/16: 27,021

  • 2016/17: 28,168

  • 2017/18: 27,231

  • 2018/19: 26,819

  • 2019/20: 7,743

  • 2020/21: 2,771

  • 2021/22: 24,773

Serie A (Italy):

  • 2010/11: 23,729

  • 2011/12: 23,112

  • 2012/13: 23,012

  • 2013/14: 22,871

  • 2014/15: 23,181

  • 2015/16: 22,086

  • 2016/17: 22,769

  • 2017/18: 24,233

  • 2018/19: 24,036

  • 2019/20: 6,804

  • 2020/21: 1,444

  • 2021/22: 17,430

Ligue 1 (France):

  • 2010/11: 18,943

  • 2011/12: 19,509

  • 2012/13: 20,234

  • 2013/14: 20,195

  • 2014/15: 20,084

  • 2015/16: 21,144

  • 2016/17: 20,275

  • 2017/18: 22,196

  • 2018/19: 22,308

  • 2019/20: 5,011

  • 2020/21: 1,092

  • 2021/22: 18,178

In summary, the average attendance figures of the top 5 football leagues in Europe from 2010 to 2022 provide insight into spectator behavior and how it has evolved in recent years. The Bundesliga leads the list, followed by the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, and Ligue 1.


However, the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on attendance figures across all leagues, leading to a substantial decline. Nevertheless, the 2021/22 season suggests that attendance figures are slowly recovering.



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