I’d promised myself that I’d take a break from the stats and that my next post would be an actual match report of a real life game, complete with pictures of tea hut’s, but I can’t resist a challenge and one just happen to have occurred in this thread under an article on Scottish football on the WSC website, so thanks to Alex Anderson’s question about how per capita attendances for European leagues. I’ve knocked up this graph:
I’ve not quite done what was asked which is to look at the per-capita attendance for all senior games within each country, but what I have done is taken the figures for average attendances from the top divisions (using data from my favorite website European Football Statistics) and using population figures from the UN Human Development Report, or in the case of England and Scotland the Census (as the UN report only gives a population figure for Great Britain as a whole) I’ve then worked out what the average attendance figure is as a proportion of the total population, so essentially what the figures show is the proportion of the total population who attend, on average, each top-flight game.
As predicted by Alex Scotland is near the top – in second place, with, on average, 0.26% of the population attending each top flight game -though it’s not Albania, but Iceland who are keeping them from the number one position where 0.37% of the population take in each individual match. At the other end of the scale the average attendance for a Russian top-flight game accounts for just 0.003% of the population.
Just for fun I’ve calculated what average attendances would be if, in every country, the same proportion of the population attended top-flight games as in Scotland:
Were the ratios the same the average attendance for the Russian top-flight would be some 373 309 whilst in Germany attendances would be 214 515 – figures in excess of the capacities of some of the worlds largest stadiums.