MLS logo

Major League Soccer logged a third straight regular-season attendance record in 2016, and the league now ranks sixth in the world in attendance -- ahead of Italy's Serie A and France's Ligue 1, according to ESPNFC.com.


The regular-season numbers were finalized Monday, after nine of 10 Decision Day matches sold out, according to Soccer America. Sunday also saw MLS set a record for most fans in a single day with 283,807.


For the year, MLS drew more than 7 million fans across 330 matches. Average attendance per match was 21,692, up slightly vs. 2015.


Seattle Sounders FC led the league with total home attendance of 724,809, averaging 42,636 fans per game. The biggest percentage gains were posted by the league's Canadian clubs, two of whom saw their average attendance go increase by double-digit percentages: Montreal Impact (20,669; 16.%) and Toronto FC (25,583; 13.4%). The Vancouver Whitecaps (22,330) were up 8.89 percent.


Overall, 11 clubs increased their attendance and 10 averaged more than 20,000 fans, both matching highs first set last season. MLS also set a new record with 162 sellouts, one more than the previous high, also set in 2015. Average attendance has also increased 40 percent in the 10-year span since 2006, when average attendance was 15,504.


MLS Attendance

SEA
17
724,809 
42,636
111.32
44,247
-3.64
38,300
ORL
17
532,500
31,324
104.41
32,847
-4.64
30,000
NYC
17
462,336
27,196
98.79
29,016
-6.27
27,528
TOR
17
451,917
26,583
88.61
23,451
13.36
30,000
LA
17
427,492
25,147
97.97
23,392
7.50
25,667
VAN
17
379,603
22,330
100.95
20,507
8.89
22,120
POR
17
359,448
21,144
100
21,142
0.01
21,144
MTL
17
351,366
20,669
102.93
17,750
16.45
20,081
NY
17
350,535
20,620
81.86
19,822
4.03
25,189
NE
17
343,150
20,185
100.93
19,627
2.84
20,000
SJ
17
338,816
19,930
110.72
20,979
-5
18,000
RSL
17
335,909 
19,759
97.75
20,160
-1.99
20,213
SKC
17
333,155
19,597
106.12
19,687
-0.46
18,467
HOU
17
323,361
19,021
86.31
20,658
-7.92
22,039
PHI
17
297,825
17,519
94.7
17,451
0.39
18,500
CLB
17
291,128
17,125
85.76
16,513
3.71
19,968
DC
17
290,381
17,081
86.94
16,224
5.28
19,647
COL
17
276,721
16,278
90.43
15,657
3.97
18,000
CHI
17
265,234
15,602
78.01
16,003
-2.51
20,000
DAL
17
239,601
14,094
85.42
16,013
-11.98
16,500
Totals
330
7,375,287
21,692
95.50
21,558
0.62

MLS vs World Attendance


Source ESPNFC.com

Advertising

Bundesliga (GER)
41,968
Premier League (ENG)
35,516
La Liga (ESP)
38,076
Liga MX (MEX)
26,794
Chinese Super League (CHN)
24,255
<strong>MLS (USA)</strong>
<strong>21,692</strong>
Serie A (ITA)
21,069
Ligue 1 (FRA)
20,898
Championship (ENG)
19,553
2.Bundesliga (GER)
19,176

Advertising

Advertising

Advertising