Attendences, or the lack of have been an issue for Aussie soccer fans for a while, so this was kinda interesting. The lists got way too long, so I tried to reorganise things.
Above 30,000 average attendance – Bundesliga, Premier League
29,000 – 20,000 – La Liga, Prem Div (Mexico), Serie A, Ligue 1, Prim Div (Argentina), Eredivisie
19,000 to 16,000 – J-league, Football League, Serie A (Brasil), Chinese Super League
15,000 – 10,000 – Bundesliga 2, Scottish Prem, Turkish Super League, Russia Prem, Indonesia, Iranian, Algeria, Belgian, Korean, Swiss, Norwegian, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Swedish leagues, then the A-league.
What is there to take from all this? Well, maybe the first thing is that the A-league isn’t substantially lagging behind the rest of the world … It isn’t like the world is full of leagues with week in, week out packed stadiums and happy fans. There is a big two, a second tier of healthy attendances with 6 leagues, and then maybe 4 middling attendance leagues.
It would be great to have packed stadiums every week, but a lot of traditional football countries struggle with attendance. Think of the history of places like Portugal and Russia, and they get A-league like attendances.