EFL attendances hit 70-year high

The English Football League (EFL) has today (Friday) reported that its competitions for the 2022-23 season drew their highest cumulative attendances in nearly seven decades.

The total mark of 21,749,440 is the best for league matches since 1953-54. Of that total, 19.8 million attended a fixture in the Championship, League One or League Two, and their respective end of season play-offs, ranking the season in the top 10 highest regular EFL attendances of all time.

The EFL said all three divisions featured in the top 20 best attended leagues across Europe in 2022-23, while a record 443,765 fans attended the 15 play-off fixtures, the most since the format was introduced in 1987.

Over 10.3 million fans attended a match in the Championship, the first time that milestone has been broken since 2018-19 and only the 11th time this has been achieved in tier two football, making the Championship the fifth best attended division in Europe behind only the Premier League, Bundesliga, LaLiga and Serie A, according to the EFL.

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