Ligue 1 continues to break attendance records

The French Football League (LFP) has reported a record attendance of 8.67 million fans in Ligue 1 for the 2018-19 season.

This represents a 1.5-per-cent increase over the previous benchmark, which was 8.54 million for the 2017-18 campaign.

The LFP said the average attendance of 22,831 in the French top tier was accompanied by an improvement in the stadia capacity rate, from 71 per cent in 2017-18 to 74 per cent last season.

Didier Quillot, director general of the LFP, said: “These results demonstrate the attractiveness of Ligue 1 Conforama. The work of the clubs to strengthen the spectator experience has allowed us to set a new historical record.

“These results are all the more encouraging as the clubs have had to face multiple postponements or shifts of matches this season. The work currently underway in the Ligue and in the clubs to better know our audiences should improve the fan experience and thus better retain our fans.”

Earlier this month, the LFP approved the introduction of a €10 ($11) cap on away match ticket prices for Ligue 1 from the 2019-20 season. A cap of €5 has also been proposed for away tickets in Ligue 2.