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Volume 10 No. 25

International Football

Brazilian consulting agency PLURI Consultoria did a study on attendance in football and the results show that Europe dominates the rankings. The continent has 78 of the top 100 clubs in terms of average attendance. Out of the top 10, nine clubs are in Europe, five are German, two English and two Spanish. The outlier is Mexican club America, which comes in ninth place with an average attendance of 53,750. From the top 100, 89 teams play in their country's top division. Brazilian third division club Santa Cruz is the only team outside its country's top-two divisions that made the top 100 with an average attendance of 36,900. Germany is the country with the most teams in the top 100 with 22. This number includes all 18 clubs from the top flight and four from the 2nd Bundesliga. Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund is the club with the highest average attendance with 80,600 and a 99.8% capacity (PLURI Consultoria).

Number Of Clubs In Top 100 Listed By Country
Rank Country  Number
of Teams
Average
Attendance
Average
Stadium Capacity
Average Stadium
Occupancy in %
1. Germany  22 42,231 47,193 89.5%
2.
England  20 35,984 40,017
89.9%
3.
Spain  12 38,550 49,528
77.8%
4. Mexico  10 31,343 48,911
64.1%
5. Italy  6 38,914 67,976
57.2%
6. Netherlands  5 36,316 38,821
93.5%
7.
China  4 31,778 59,939
53%
8.
France
 3 38,801 49,189
78.9%
9.
Portugal  3 37,465 55,374
67.7%
10. Brazil  3 29,694 44,800
66.3%
11.
Scotland  2 48,614 55,691 87.3%
12.
Ukraine  2 31,783 45,095
70.5%
13. U.S.  2 31,592 34,362
91.9%
14. Japan  2 29,026 56,835
51.1%
15. Belgium  2 25,711 29,099 88.4%
16. Canada  1 30,280 31,500 96.1%
17.
Switzerland
 1 29,775
38,512
77.3%

Clubs With Highest Occupancy %
Rank Club Stadium
Average Stadium
Occupancy in %
1.
Bayern Munich Allianz-Arena 100.1%
2.
Borussia Dortmund Signal Iduna Park 99.8%
3.
ManU Old Trafford 99.4%
4.
Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane 99.4%
5.
Arsenal Emirates Stadium 99.4%
6.
Schalke 04
Veltins-Arena 99.3%
7.
Chelsea Stamford Bridge 99.2%
8.
Fulham FC
Craven Cottage 98.8%
9.
Seattle Sounders Century Link Field 98.8%
10.
FC Augsburg SGL Arena 98.7%

Clubs With Largest Average Attendance
Rank Club Stadium
Average Attendance
1. Borussia Dortmund Signal Iduna Park 80,552
2.
ManU Old Trafford 75,387
3.
Barcelona Camp Nou 74,582
4.
Real Madrid Santiago Bernabeu 72,316
5.
Bayern Munich Allianz-Arena 69,053
6. Schalke 04
Veltins-Arena 61,218
7.
Arsenal Emirates Stadium 60,000
8.
Stuttgart
Mercedes-Benz Arena 54,359
9.
America Estadio Azteca 53,750
10.
Hertha BSC Olympiastadion Berlin 53,449
11.
Hamburg Imtech Arena 53,436
12.
Borussia Monchengladech Stadion im Borussia-Park 51,882
13. Celtic  Celtic Park
 50,904
14. Ajax Amsterdam
 Amsterdam ArenA
 50,147
15 Newcastle United
 St. James Park
 49,951

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The first two goal-line technology providers, GoalRef and Hawk-Eye, have signed license agreements with FIFA. The two companies now have official authorization to install their respective goal-line technology systems worldwide. Between Oct. '11 and June '12, both companies passed a series of extensive laboratory and field tests, in simulated match situations, as well as tests in live matches. Once a system has been installed in a stadium, the system undergoes a final inspection to check its functionality. This is carried out by an independent test institute, and the results of this so-called "final installation test" must be successful. Only a positive final installation test qualifies a system to be used in official matches. When this occurs, the system is awarded the FIFA QUALITY PRO mark (FIFA). REUTERS' Brian Homewood wrote that FIFA approved the use of the technology in July following a "series of incidents in which referees failed to see that the ball had crossed the goal-line." The technology will make its debut at the Club World Cup in Japan in December. FIFA plans to use the GoalRef system in "one of the two stadiums used for the competition" and Hawk-Eye in the other (REUTERS, 10/23). The BBC reported that the FA and the EPL are "keen to use the technology as soon as possible." FA General Secretary Alex Horner raised the possibility of the Premier League introducing goal-line technology as early as January following the Int'l Football Association Board's "decision over the summer." However, a delay in the licensing process and the length of time needed to install and then gain final approval for all 20 EPL stadiums has "resulted in implementation now being targeted toward the start" of the '13-14 season (BBC, 10/23).

TAKE COVER: The London DAILY MAIL reported FIFA has ordered goal-line technology companies to take out insurance cover, so they will not "face costly lawsuits if they fail to spot a goal or players and officials are injured by their equipment." The insurance will protect them if their technology fails to spot the ball has crossed the line or wrongly registers that the ball was over the line (DAILY MAIL, 10/23).