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Borussia Dortmund top global attendance level records

A study carried out by the CIES Football Observatory reveals that the Bundesliga side top the list of teams with the highest attendance levels for the past 3 years. United come second.

Dortmund fans
JOHN MACDOUGALLAFP

The CIES Football Observatory have published their latest study offering an overview of football match-day attendance levels over a fifteen year period (2003-2018). The alarming finding for the domestic Spanish league reveals a drop-off for LaLiga crowds in the period in question, seeing the average slip from 29,510 to 27,381 fans attending an average match-day game (a 7% drop).

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Italy's Serie A has also seen a drop away in match day attendances with 1% less supporters attending top flight Italian league grounds during the time-frame. On the positive side, the German Bundesliga has witnessed an 11% growth with positive results also experienced by the English Premier League (6%) with a marginal 1% level of growth for Ligue 1.

Average stadium attendance by league (2013-2018)

1. Bundesliga (Germany)43,302
2. Premier (England)36,675
3. LaLiga (Spain)27,381
4. Liga Mx (México)25,582
5. Serie A (Italy)22,967
6. SuperLiga (China)22,594
7. Ligue 1 (France)21,556
8. MLS (USA)21,358
9. Eredivisie (Holland)19,154
10. Bundesliga 2 (Germany)18,814

The Polish Ekstraliga is Europe's highest growing league in terms of increased attendance levels witnessing a 47% incremental level of fans passing through the turnstiles in this 15 year spell. Outside Europe the MLS has grown by 34% with the German second tier also witnessing an attendance increase of 32%.

Bundesliga

Average attendance by club (2013-2018)

1. Borussia Dortmund80,230
2. Manchester United75,218
3. Barcelona74,876
4. Bayern Munich73,781
5. Real Madrid69,822
6. Schalke61,328
7. Arsenal59,793
8. Hamburg SV52,349
9. Stuttgart52,012
10. Atlanta United51,547

The German Bundesliga, often cited by many fans as a role model for other domestic leagues, features five of the clubs with the highest attendance levels in a three year period (2013-2018) with Borussia Dortmund topping the list (80,230) followed by Manchester United with FC Barcelona joining the podium with an average of 74,876 fans over the 3 year time-frame. Real Madrid seal fifth place in the ranking with an average 69,822 fans attending games at the Bernabéu

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