The Most Watched League In European Football Revealed - The Championship > La Liga

To put into perspective how popular the English Football League is in terms of numbers, League One side Bradford City has an average attendance this season of 20,144.

That's higher than 11 La Liga clubs and 10 Serie A teams.

An intriguing study from UEFA's Club Licensing Benchmarking Report shows that The Championship is the third most-watched league in European football, beating La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 when it comes to total attendances.


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The Championship had an average attendance of 20,125 during the 2016-17 campaign, as grounds across the country continued to sell out on a weekly basis.

As you can see in the above image, League One even ranks in ninth ahead of the Primeira Liga in Portugal with 4,373,496 aggregate attendance.

Unsurprisingly twelve English clubs feature in the top 30 revenue rankings, with Man City (sixth), Arsenal (seventh), Chelsea (eighth) and Liverpool (ninth) all in the top 10.

When it comes to highest average attendances by league across Europe though, the Bundesliga comes out on top with 41,000. The Premier League comes in second with an average crowd of 36,000 while La Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1 lag behind again.

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Borussia Dortmund meanwhile have the highest club average attendance at over 81,000

The report also shows that English clubs occupy 16 of the top 20 places in the broadcast revenues table - another stat that highlights the dominance of English football.

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Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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