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J League Average Attendances 2006 to 2013

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The average attendance for J League Div 1 clubs in 2013 was 17,226 (18 clubs in division) and for J League 2 clubs it was 6,665 (22 clubs). The best supported side in Japanese professional football in 2013 was Urawa Red Diamonds with an average league attendance of 37,100.

Sanfrecce Hiroshima were champions in 2013 and averaged 16,209 spectators.

Japan’s 20-year-old J-League will revert to a two-stage season in 2015, reportedly in an attempt to get back more spectators and sponsors, although there have been protests from fans and some club owners. When the J-League was established in 1993 it had two stages in a season and the winners of each stage played for the championship. But it was changed to a traditional single-stage season after 2004 (a season when the team with the most points combined from the two stages did not make the championship showdown).

Table: Top 14 best supported football clubs in Japan 2013




Club Average 2012 Average 2013
Urawa Red Diamonds 36634 37100
Yokohama F. Marinos 22946 27496
Albirex Niigata 25018 26112
FC Tokyo 23955 25073
Cerezo Osaka 16913 18819
Kawasaki Frontale 17807 16644
Kashima Antlers 15381 16419
Sanfrecce Hiroshima 17721 16209
Nagoya Grampus 17155 16135
Vegalta Sendai 16600 14866
Shimizu S-Pulse 15121 14137
Ventforet Kofu 10407 12614
Kashiwa Reysol 13768 12553
Gamba Osaka 14778 12286