Despite the losses and plateaued crowds, MLS is big business

TORONTO and Seattle Sounders go head-to-head in the 2019 Major League Soccer (MLS) final, the third time in four seasons the two clubs have played each other in the season’s finale. MLS is growing in popularity and media prominence. Although attendances at games seem to have plateaued and are still relatively modest in some cities, there is no lack of investment in the game. Furthermore, … Continue reading Despite the losses and plateaued crowds, MLS is big business

Stable gates, but study underlines systemic clubs

FOOTBALL’s principal emerging nations, the US and China, have almost arrived, with the top divisions of their leagues in the top 10 in terms of spectator interest. According to CIES Football Observatory’s latest report, China and the US are sixth and eighth respectively over the past five years by average crowds. The German Bundesliga has an average of 43,302 with the English Premier second-placed on … Continue reading Stable gates, but study underlines systemic clubs

Club of the Month: Toronto FC

THE 2018 Major League Soccer season gets underway on March 3 and the reigning champions Toronto are widely tipped to challenge for the title once more. They will face stiff competition from ambitious Atlanta United, who have been very aggressive in the transfer market signing promising South American talent, as well as Seattle Sounders and New York City FC. Toronto clinched the MLS Cup by … Continue reading Club of the Month: Toronto FC

Evidence of football’s shifting sands

THE media may have focused on the fact that Manchester City are ranked as the world’s most financially potent force, but the recent Soccerex report, Football Finance 100, also provided a pointer to the future of world football. The report, which lists Game of the People among its contributors, raised a few eyebrows, not least because some of the traditional heavyweights of the global game … Continue reading Evidence of football’s shifting sands

American dreaming – MLS continues to progress

A 0-0 DRAW and a penalty shoot-out, the scourge of the modern game, demonstrated that Major League Soccer is no different than its more celebrated counterparts – in other words, it ended in anti-climax. But a new name is on the MLS Cup – Seattle Sounders, the best supported club in the competition with an average of almost 43,000 people, an impressive figure by any … Continue reading American dreaming – MLS continues to progress

Globalisation is exciting, but it may come at a cost

THERE WAS a time when the only competition between football leagues was on the field of play – top teams from each country flexing their muscles against each other. That’s how success was measured. Today, football leagues are competing for the hearts and minds of people , along with their disposable income.  Words like “penetration”, “critical mass”, “marketplaces” and “exposure” are part of the dialogue … Continue reading Globalisation is exciting, but it may come at a cost