While the world’s greatest players are on the big stage at the FIFA World CupTM, future stars are plying their trade in the Premier Development League. Here’s our first look at attendance numbers for this league, which operates under the United Soccer Leagues umbrella. (All numbers are through last night’s game. Additions and corrections are always welcome.)
|Ventura County Fusion||4||6,035||1,509|
|Portland Timbers U-23s||3||4,175||1,392|
|Victoria Highlanders FC||4||5,094||1,274|
|Midland/Odessa Sockers FC||6||5,869||978|
|Albuquerque Sol F.C.||5||4,098||820|
|Western Mass Pioneers||4||2,772||693|
|Long Island Rough Riders||6||4,077||680|
|Forest City London||5||3,116||623|
|Thunder Bay Chill||6||3,691||615|
|Sounders FC U23||5||2,353||471|
|Lane United FC||5||2,317||463|
|Las Vegas Mobsters||3||1,125||375|
|Reading United AC||4||1,440||360|
|SW Florida Adrenaline||1||321||321|
|San Jose Earthquakes||2||585||293|
|St. Louis Lions||4||1,082||271|
|Panama City Beach Pirates||3||758||253|
|GPS Portland Phoenix||1||250||250|
|Northern Virginia Royals||3||736||245|
|Cincinnati Dutch Lions||4||948||237|
|Real Boston Rams||4||904||226|
|LA Misioneros FC||3||600||200|
|Southern California Seahorses||2||400||200|
|Real Colorado Foxes||3||570||190|
|River City Rovers||1||175||175|
|Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors||3||490||163|
|Seacoast United Phantoms||5||750||150|
|West Virginia Chaos||6||830||138|
|Houston Dutch Lions||3||400||133|
|Puget Sound Gunners FC||3||400||133|
|Montreal Impact U23||3||350||117|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23||4||436||109|
|NJ LUSO Parma||5||500||100|
|Pittsburgh Riverhounds U23||3||300||100|
|IMG Academy Bradenton||5||490||98|
|Chicago Fire U-23||3||210||70|
|OC Pateadores Blues||5||245||49|
|Des Moines Menace||0||0||0|
|K-W United FC||0||0||0|
|Ocean City Nor’easters||0||0||0|
|Orlando City U23||0||0||0|
|SC United Bantams||0||0||0|
- Every team has played at least one home game, but a handful of clubs (including perennial attendance leader or contender Des Moines) have not released any attendance figures for their home games to this point. Some of the missing 39 data points (to date) will eventually turn up, but some never will. It’s the nature of the beast.
- Fresno (whose tickets are all free to fans through a sponsorship buy) leads the usual suspects at the top of the charts, though they’re down about 500 a game from last year’s final average. Austin, which recently announced a move to USL Pro for 2015, is up slightly from their 2013 average. Victoria and Western Mass are well off last year’s numbers.
- Eleven clubs averaged more than 1,000 fans per game in 2013, and eight are there right now (with Des Moines probable). But there is still a third or so of the league that can barely get to 200 a game.
- The Chicago Fire U-23 actually announced an attendance of 16 – sixteen- for their June 16 match against Toronto. The season high to this point is the 3,627 Fresno pulled for a match against San Jose on May 23.
- As for new clubs, Albuquerque (820 per game) and Lane United (463) lead a struggling lot. Expansion teams in Las Vegas (375) and Cincinnati (237) and developmental teams for San Jose (293), Montreal (117) and Pittsburgh (100) are having varying degrees of success.
- The current league average (535, with some data points missing) is right in line with the historical average.