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MLS Has The Seventh Highest Average Attendance In World Football

New data from FIFA shows that Major League Soccer past the 6 million fans mark for the first time this season.

Total attendance for MLS games was 6,072,854. The game in the U.S. continues to show strong growth as the MLS broke through the 4 million barrier in 2010 and 5 million in 2011.

With an average attendance of 18,807, MLS ranks seventh in the world by that metric.

Worldwide soccer attendance figures

Rank League Average
1 Bundesliga (Germany) 42,387
2 Premier League (England) 35,719
3 La Liga (Spain) 28,138
4 Serie A (Italy) 23,176
5 Primera División (Argentina) 22,491
6 Liga MX (Mexico) 21,559
7 Major League Soccer (USA & Canada) 18,807
8 Ligue 1 (France) 18,731
9 Chinese Super League (China) 18,702
10 Eredivisie (Netherlands) 18,405

Once again the Seattle Sounders led the way averaging 43,144 fans. They outdrew every other team in the league by more than 330,000 in total attendance, and even set a North American soccer record by drawing 733,441 fans (besting the New York Cosmos, who drew 717,840 in 1978).

But MLS is not a one team league. What is encouraging is that for the first time, five clubs topped the 20,000-barrier; Houston, LA, Montreal, Portland, Seattle.

Here are the team-by-team attendance numbers from mlsattendance.blogspot.com

Team 2012 Average Attendance Capacity Percent Full 2011 Average Attendance % Change from 2011
Chicago Fire 16,407 20,000 82.03% 14,274 +14.94
Chivas USA 13,056 18,800 69.45% 14,830 -11.96
Colorado Rapids 15,175 18,086 83.90% 14,838 +2.27
Columbus Crew 14,397 20,145 71.47% 12,185 +18.15
DC United 13,846 19,467 71.13% 15,211 -8.97
FC Dallas 14,199 20,500 69.27%

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Houston Dynamo 20,946 22,000 95.21% 17,694 +18.38
Los Angeles Galaxy 23,136 27,000 85.69% 23,335 -0.85
Montreal Impact 22,772 20,341 111.95%
NE Revolution 14,001 20,000 70.01% 13,222 +5.90
New York Red Bulls 18,281 25,000 73.13% 19,691 -7.16
Philadelphia Union 18,053 18,500 97.58% 18,258 -1.12
Portland Timbers 20,438 20,438 100.00% 18,827 +8.56
Real Salt Lake 19,087 20,213 94.43% 17,594 +8.49
San Jose Earthquakes 13,293 10,525 126.30% 11,858 +12.10
Seattle Sounders 43,104 38,500 111.96% 38,495 +11.97
Sporting Kansas City 19,404 18,467 105.08% 17,810 +8.95
Toronto FC 18,155 21,140 85.88% 20,267 -10.42
Vancouver Whitecaps 19,475 21,000 92.74% 20,406 -4.56
Average 18,801 21,059 89.28% 17,870 +5.21
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