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Reporting on the business side of the world's game, Business of Soccer provides readers with the latest news. With a focus on soccer in the United States, Bo$ looks at the growth of the sport against other leagues around the world, as well as the other major sports in the United States. Sometimes football. Sometimes soccer. Always business.

MLS Average Attendance is 21,871 for 2018 Season, Down From 22,112 in 2017
10/29/2018
MLS Average Attendance is 21,871 for 2018 Season, Down From 22,112 in 2017

MLS Average Attendance is 21,871 for 2018 Season, Down From 22,112 in 2017

MLS week 35 average attendance is 24,294 compared to 25,575 last week. The regular season average has increased 0.32% to 21,871 from 21,801 last week. Stadiums were 99.38% filled throughout the week, staying at 90.90% of capacity for the season. Five matches were sold out this week--- Sporting Kansa...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
10/23/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

  Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... Atlanta United announced today that Tata Martino has declined to extend his contract with the club beyond 2018 and will move on at the end of this season. The US top-flight, Major League Soccer (MLS), is poised to increase its teams’...

MLS Posts 3rd Highest Average Attendance of 2018 in Penultimate Week of Regular Season
10/23/2018
MLS Posts 3rd Highest Average Attendance of 2018 in Penultimate Week of Regular Season

MLS Posts 3rd Highest Average Attendance of 2018 in Penultimate Week of Regular Season

MLS week 34 average attendance is 25,575 compared to 24,127 last week. The regular season average has increased 0.73% to 21,748 from 21,592 last week. Stadiums were 108.99% filled throughout the week, staying at 90.53% of capacity for the season. Five matches were sold out this week--- Atlanta Unite...

MLS Week 33 Average Attendance is 24,127 with 2 Weeks Remaining in Season
10/15/2018
MLS Week 33 Average Attendance is 24,127 with 2 Weeks Remaining in Season

MLS Week 33 Average Attendance is 24,127 with 2 Weeks Remaining in Season

MLS week 33 average attendance is 24,127 compared to 21,368, last week. The regular season average has increased 0.16% to 21,592 from 21,556 last week. Stadiums were 95.83% filled throughout the week, staying at 89.77% of capacity for the season. Two matches were sold out this week--- Seattle Sounde...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
10/11/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

  Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... A combined north American soccer league between Canada, Mexico and the United States could be the main legacy of the 2026 World Cup hosted by those nations, the president of the Mexican top-flight division Enrique Bonilla said on Wedne...

MLS Week 32 Average Attendance is 21,368 with Season Average at 21,556
10/10/2018
MLS Week 32 Average Attendance is 21,368 with Season Average at 21,556

MLS Week 32 Average Attendance is 21,368 with Season Average at 21,556

MLS week 32 average attendance is 21,368 compared to 22,132, last week. The regular season average has decreased 0.02% to 21,556 from 21,562 last week. Stadiums were 93.37% filled throughout the week, staying at 89.69% of capacity for the season. Three matches were sold out this week--- Atlanta Unit...

MLS Week 29 Sees Lowest Attendance in 10 Weeks with Average Crowd of 19,330
09/18/2018
MLS Week 29 Sees Lowest Attendance in 10 Weeks with Average Crowd of 19,330

MLS Week 29 Sees Lowest Attendance in 10 Weeks with Average Crowd of 19,330

MLS week 29 average attendance is 19,330 compared to 21,900 last week. The regular season average has decreased 0.36% to 21,344 from 21,422 last week. Stadiums were 91.97% filled throughout the week, staying at 89.00% of capacity for the season. Three matches were sold out this week--- Toronto FC ve...

MLS Plays Through International Break with 21,900 Average Attendance
09/10/2018
MLS Plays Through International Break with 21,900 Average Attendance

MLS Plays Through International Break with 21,900 Average Attendance

MLS week 28 average attendance is 21,900 compared to 20,541 last week. The regular season average has increased 0.03% to 21,422 from 21,415 last week. Stadiums were 92.18% filled throughout the week, staying at 88.89% of capacity for the season. Two matches were sold out this week--- Sporting Kansas...

MLS Rivalry Week Sees Average Attendance of 20,710
08/28/2018
MLS Rivalry Week Sees Average Attendance of 20,710

MLS Rivalry Week Sees Average Attendance of 20,710

MLS week 26 average attendance is 20,710 compared to 22,434 last week. The regular season average has decreased 0.15% to 21,457 from 21,489 last week. Stadiums were 90.56% filled throughout the week, staying at 88.87% of capacity for the season. Four matches were sold out this week--- New York City....

MLS Attendance Remains Behind 2017 Average With Playoff Push Ahead
08/15/2018
MLS Attendance Remains Behind 2017 Average With Playoff Push Ahead

MLS Attendance Remains Behind 2017 Average With Playoff Push Ahead

MLS week 24 average attendance is 21,842 compared to 22,242 last week. The regular season average has increased 0.08% to 21,439 from 21,442 last week. Stadiums were 91.64% filled throughout the week, staying at 88.55% of capacity for the season. Three matches were sold out this week--- Los Angeles F...

MLS Week 23 Average Attendance is 22,242
08/07/2018
MLS Week 23 Average Attendance is 22,242

MLS Week 23 Average Attendance is 22,242

MLS week 23 average attendance is 22,242 compared to 21,235 last week. The regular season average has increased 0.17% to 21,422 from 21,386 last week. Stadiums were 91.26% filled throughout the week, staying at 88.42% of capacity for the season. Three matches were sold out this week--- Atlanta Unite...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
07/19/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

  Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... Trevor Noah, the South African host of a popular U.S. TV show, sparred with the French ambassador in Washington after the comedian joked that Africa, not France, won the soccer World Cup. Would Major League Soccer consider a team in Mo...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
07/17/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

  Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... London soccer club Arsenal got entangled in a suspected fraud involving a Chinese carmaker, which says it was duped by a person posing as an employee who signed unauthorized contracts with advertising partners. Only five out of around ...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
07/10/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

  Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... U.S. hedge fund Elliott has launched contractual proceedings that could give the investment company the powers to decide the future of indebted Italian soccer club AC Milan, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. Former Barc...

MLS Average Attendance Dips to 19,606 in Week 19
07/09/2018
MLS Average Attendance Dips to 19,606 in Week 19

MLS Average Attendance Dips to 19,606 in Week 19

MLS week 19 average attendance is 19,606 compared to 29,940 last week. The regular season average has decreased 0.63% to 21,104 from 21,238 last week. Stadiums were 89.61% filled throughout the week, staying at 87.27% of capacity for the season. Five matches were sold out this week--- Sporting Kansa...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
06/14/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

  Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... Free speech campaigners rolled out a soccer pitch in central Paris on Wednesday with posters of jailed journalists as the players, in a demonstration about press freedom in Russia on the eve of the World Cup. Manchester United are the ...

MLS Holds 6 Mid-Week Matches on Eve of World Cup to Disappointing 16,103 Average Attendance
06/14/2018
MLS Holds 6 Mid-Week Matches on Eve of World Cup to Disappointing 16,103 Average Attendance

MLS Holds 6 Mid-Week Matches on Eve of World Cup to Disappointing 16,103 Average Attendance

MLS week 16 average attendance is 16,103 compared to 20,290 last week. The regular season average has decreased 0.78% to 20,656 from 20,656 last week. Stadiums were 74.06% filled throughout the week, staying at 85.84% of capacity for the season. No matches were sold out this week. Below is a visuali...

The 1 Thing You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
06/13/2018
The 1 Thing You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

The 1 Thing You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

  Let's be honest, there's only 1 thing you need to know about the soccer industry this morning... The 2026 FIFA World Cup™ will be staged in Canada, Mexico and the United States. This Wednesday, 13 June, the 68th FIFA Congress convened in Moscow and designated the three countries as the hosts of...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
06/11/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

  Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... Nice have officially named Patrick Vieria as their new head coach, to succeed Borussia Dortmund-bound Lucien Favre. FIFA has announced that its World Ranking system has been overhauled to prevent manipulation by nations to move up the ...

Cascadia Sees 3 Sell-Outs in MLS Week 15 Attendance
06/11/2018
Cascadia Sees 3 Sell-Outs in MLS Week 15 Attendance

Cascadia Sees 3 Sell-Outs in MLS Week 15 Attendance

MLS week 15 average attendance is 20,290 compared to 18,909 last week. The regular season average has decreased 0.13% to 20,656 from 20,683 last week. Stadiums were 85.73% filled throughout the week, staying at 86.28% of capacity for the season. Three matches were sold out this week— Vancouver Whi...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
06/07/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

  Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... The U.S. Soccer Federation has appointed three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Earnie Stewart to be the new General Manager of the U.S. Men’s National Team. Amazon.com has won rights to show English Premier League soccer matches for the ...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
06/06/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

  Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... Saudi Arabia will back a joint bid by the U.S., Canada and Mexico to host soccer’s 2026 World Cup, underlining its eagerness to strengthen ties with the Trump White House. Argentines are so crazy about soccer that a lender is betting...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
06/05/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

  Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... There may be hope in sight for traders reeling from market swoons of late: In four of the past five soccer World Cups, U.S. stock market volatility declined in June. The 2022 World Cup is unlikely to be increased to 48 teams, FIFA pres...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
06/05/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

  Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... There may be hope in sight for traders reeling from market swoons of late: In four of the past five soccer World Cups, U.S. stock market volatility declined in June. The 2022 World Cup is unlikely to be increased to 48 teams, FIFA pres...

Midweek Games Bring Down Average Attendance in MLS Week 14
06/04/2018
Midweek Games Bring Down Average Attendance in MLS Week 14

Midweek Games Bring Down Average Attendance in MLS Week 14

MLS week 14 average attendance is 18,909 compared to 22,981 last week. The regular season average has decreased 0.93% to 20,683 from 20,877 last week. Stadiums were 83.26% filled throughout the week, staying at 86.32% of capacity for the season. Three matches were sold out this week— Portland Timb...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
05/29/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

  Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... Manchester United will soon have a team playing in England’s elite Women’s Super League, after the Football Association on Monday awarded it a licence to join the tournament’s second tier. Police are investigating a group of socc...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
05/14/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... When authorities in Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region realized their soccer World Cup stadium wasn’t quite ready, they tried to entice local municipal workers to help them finish it — in exchange for free food and lodging. FIFA fin....

MLS 2018 Average Attendance Steadily Climbs to 20,589 After Week 10
05/07/2018
MLS 2018 Average Attendance Steadily Climbs to 20,589 After Week 10

MLS 2018 Average Attendance Steadily Climbs to 20,589 After Week 10

MLS week 10 average attendance is 22,339 compared to 22,158 last week. The regular season average has increased 0.95% to 20,785 from 20,589 last week. Stadiums were 93.62% filled throughout the week, staying at 85.18% of capacity for the season. Five matches were sold out this week—New York Red Bu...

LAFC Sell-out Banc of California Stadium in Franchise Opening Game
04/30/2018
LAFC Sell-out Banc of California Stadium in Franchise Opening Game

LAFC Sell-out Banc of California Stadium in Franchise Opening Game

MLS week 9 average attendance is 22,158 compared to 20,903 last week. The regular season average has increased 1.12% to 20,589 from 20,362 last week. Stadiums were 88.08% filled throughout the week, staying at 85.18% of capacity for the season. Two matches were sold out this week—Atlanta United FC...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
04/30/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... As litigation proceeds—NASL owners have filed a pair of lawsuits against the USSF and its board members seeking redress for the loss of the league’s second-division sanctioning—Commisso is trying to bring U.S. Soccer back to the ....

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
04/26/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... Over 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for the issue of Safe-Standing to be debated in Parliament. AMS robotic mowing solution is a reliable, eco-friendly and affordable alternative to traditional mowing. Russian Deputy Pri....

MLS Average Attendance Slightly Rises to 20,362 for the 2018 Season
04/24/2018
MLS Average Attendance Slightly Rises to 20,362 for the 2018 Season

MLS Average Attendance Slightly Rises to 20,362 for the 2018 Season

MLS week 8 average attendance is 20,903 compared to 19,275 last week. The regular season average has increased 0.45% to 20,362 from 20,270 last week. Stadiums were 87.44% filled throughout the week, staying at 84.76% of capacity for the season. Four matches were sold out this week—Sporting Kansas ...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
04/24/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... Introduced to provide help for under pressure referees, the role of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) still remains unclear after more questions over consistency arose at Wembley on Sunday. The multi-year shirt sponsorship agreement betwe....

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
04/23/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... Arsene Wenger has said that divisions among Arsenal fans surrounding his future was "hurtful" and hinted that one of the reasons he decided to step down as manager was because "my personality is in the way" of the team's success. South....

Week 6 MLS Average Attendance is 19,910 with Columbus Stadium Remaining Half Empty
04/09/2018
Week 6 MLS Average Attendance is 19,910 with Columbus Stadium Remaining Half Empty

Week 6 MLS Average Attendance is 19,910 with Columbus Stadium Remaining Half Empty

MLS week 6 average attendance is 19,910 compared to 20,282 last week. The regular season average has decreased 0.51% to 20,496 from 20,600 last week. Stadiums were 76.85% filled throughout the week, staying at 84.87% of capacity for the season. One match was sold out this week— Atlanta United FC v...

MLS Average Attendance Increases to 20,282 in Week 5
04/07/2018
MLS Average Attendance Increases to 20,282 in Week 5

MLS Average Attendance Increases to 20,282 in Week 5

MLS week 5 average attendance is 20,282 compared to 14,830 last week. The regular season average has decreased 0.50% to 20,600 from 20,703 last week. Stadiums were 83.74% filled throughout the week, finishing at 86.30% of capacity for the season. Four matches were sold out this week— LA Galaxy ver...

Columbus’ Low Attendance Causes Average Attendance to Dip to 14,830 for Week 4
03/26/2018
Columbus’ Low Attendance Causes Average Attendance to Dip to 14,830 for Week 4

Columbus’ Low Attendance Causes Average Attendance to Dip to 14,830 for Week 4

MLS week 4 average attendance is 14,830 compared to 17,966 last week. The regular season average has decreased 5.73% to 20,703 from 21,962 last week. Stadiums were 70.55% filled throughout the week, finishing at 87.13% of capacity for the season. One match was sold out this week— Vancouver Whiteca...

Atlanta United Set MLS Attendance Record with 72,035 in Week 2 Action
03/12/2018
Atlanta United Set MLS Attendance Record with 72,035 in Week 2 Action

Atlanta United Set MLS Attendance Record with 72,035 in Week 2 Action

MLS week 2 average attendance is 23,992 compared to 23,731 last week. The regular season average has increased 10.33% to 23,854 from 23,731 last week. Stadiums were 87.63% filled throughout the week, finishing at 93.62% of capacity for the season. Atlanta United FC set the record for largest single-...

2018 MLS Season Opens with 23,731 Average Attendance and 5 Sell-Outs
03/07/2018
2018 MLS Season Opens with 23,731 Average Attendance and 5 Sell-Outs

2018 MLS Season Opens with 23,731 Average Attendance and 5 Sell-Outs

MLS week 1 average attendance is 23,731 compared to 22,936 in 2017 opening week. Stadiums were 99.01% filled throughout the week. Four matches were sold out this week—Orlando City SC versus D.C. United at Orlando City Stadium, San Jose Earthquakes versus Minnesota United FC at Avaya Stadium, Seatt...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
01/02/2018
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... Sports apparel manufacturers Nike have created a flurry of speculation around the future of Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho after they appeared to use his name in an advertisement on their website to promote Barcelona apparel. A ....

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
12/20/2017
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... Kyle Martino talks about his U.S. Soccer Presidential bid with ESPN FC... Nashville are expected to be named Major League Soccer’s (MLS) newest expansion franchise when commissioner Don Garber makes an “important announcement” in....

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
12/12/2017
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... The South American soccer barons gathered at Miami Beach’s St. Regis Bal Harbour hotel in late April 2014 to gloat: they’d just made $100 million selling the rights to the Copa America soccer tournament... After Jose Hawilla was ca....

Chelsea FC Premier League Trophy Tour Makes NYC Stop, Visits with FC Harlem
12/04/2017
Chelsea FC Premier League Trophy Tour Makes NYC Stop, Visits with FC Harlem

Chelsea FC Premier League Trophy Tour Makes NYC Stop, Visits with FC Harlem

While most of us were still trying to recover from our food comas, Chelsea FC legends Ashley Cole and Michael Essien accompanied their former club's latest Premier League Trophy from the 2016/17 campaign around the Big Apple last week. Events included fan celebrations with NBC at South Street Seapor...

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning
11/28/2017
10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

10 Things You Need To Know About The Soccer Industry This Morning

Here's what's going on in the soccer industry this morning... Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has suggested April's attack on the club's team bus could have had some effect on their current crisis on the pitch. A minnow of English soccer, Stevenage FC, is an unlikely candidate to be at ....

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