Thursday, May 26, 2016


ASEAN Average Attendances 2016

The whole football world these days seems to be obsessed by statistics. Number of passes, number of chewing, gum, number of sideways tackles by left footed players. The only numbers that count in football are the goals scored, that is what history recalls, and the only other stats I have an interest in are the attendance figures for clubs.

A couple of tweets recently have prompted me to sit down and compile the teams with the largest average crowds in South East Asia. There are a few difficulties with this of course. Numbers released by clubs or leagues may not always be that accurate due to what ever reason is the main one of course. Still for ball park figures they do make interesting reading.

Now if you think I am going to sit down and calculate every damned club across the region you really are in la la land. Instead I have selected the largest I have come across in my research. Apologies to Singapore, I didn't even bother!

Average League Attendances

1 - Persija 45,188
2 - Arema 23,557
3 - Persib 21,848
4 - PSS 20,660
5 - Buriram United 19,122
6 - Johor Darul Ta'zim 18,095
7 - Haiphong 17,500
8 - Persipura 16,682

Largest League Attendances

50,117 -  Persija v Semen Padang
40,260 -  Persija v Persela
32,600 -  Buriram United v Chonburi
32,391 -  Buriram United v Muang Thong United
32,159 -  Nakhorn Ratchasima v Muang Thong United
29,650 -  Arema v BS United
28,000 -  Haiphong v Becemax Binh Duoung
26,800 -  Johor Darul Ta'zim v Selangor
25,125 -  Persib v Persiba
21,000 -  PSS v Persiba Bantul


Persija played their first two home games at Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta. That venue will now be closed for renovations ahead of 22018 Asian Games and Persija must play their home games elsewhere. Solo is the most likely option so expect their average crowd to drop substantially.
Persib played their first two home games at Si Jalak Harupat, Soreang. That venue will now be closed for renovations ahead of National Games and Persib must play their home games elsewhere. Cikarang and Bandung are likely options.
I am not entirely convinced PSS slip in at number 10 and am willing to be dissuaded. Any other crowds in Thailand or Malaysia top 20,000?

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