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Post by Scottish » Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:09 pm

Sweden has a detailed pyramid system with two national levels at the top. The Allsvenskan top flight has sixteen clubs playing each other twice for a total of thirty games each and 240 in all. The bottom two go down and third last enters a play-off.

The Swedish average of 7,137 puts them in 16th place in Europe and 31st worldwide. Highest attendance last season was 30,650 and lowest 614.

16446 AIK Solna
14090 Malmö
13145 Djurgårdens
10739 IFK Gothenburg
8344 Helsingborgs
8031 Elfsborg
6729 Örebro
6144 Kalmar
5888 Norrköping
4724 Halmstads
4036 Åtvidabergs
3878 Mjällby
3751 Gefle
3672 Falkenbergs
2820 Häcken
1749 Brommapojkarna

The second level Superettan produced a situation unusual for any league in the world in that both the best average attendance and the highest individual figure in this tier were greater than anything in the top flight. Hammarby’s average of 20,451 was way in excess of any top level club and their best gate of 31,074 trumped all 240 in the Allsvenskan too.

Their crowds helped push Sweden up the second level averages to 16th place. However, a consequence of their domination was that only four of the sixteen clubs exceeded the average of 3,267. Another indicator as to how good Hammarby’s crowds were is that only five countries – the giants of Germany, France, Argentina, England and Spain – had clubs with greater level two averages than the Swedish outfit. Hammarby were 156th in the world compared to the Allsvenkan's best, AIK Solna, who were 224th.

Another strength of this level is that only one club failed to record a four-figure average. The lowest attendance was 222.

The number of teams and games was the same as the higher level with the top two going up and the bottom two down. Third placed went into a two-leg promotion play-off. Third and fourth last entered a relegation play-off with the two third level runners-up

As all of these play-off games involved teams from different divisions they have been excluded from my calculations.

20451 Hammarby
3586 GIF Sundsvall
3384 GAIS Gothenburg
3289 Östers
3022 Östersunds
2424 Jönköpings Södra
2042 Degersfors
1901 Assyriska
1811 Landskrona
1809 Syrianska
1799 Varbergs
1779 Sirius
1601 Värnamo
1504 Ljunskile
1316 Husqvarna
501 Ängelholms

The third level is split into two regions – Division One North and South – with the champions going up, runners-up into the play-offs and the bottom three relegated. Both divisions consist of fourteen teams playing each other twice for totals of twenty-six games each and 182 for the division. The North had an average of 424 and the South 557. The combined average was 490. Highest crowd in the South was an impressive 5,969 and the lowest eighty-nine. Respective figures in the North were 3,208 and fifty.

As in neighbouring Norway, a number of teams once famous (in Scandinavia at any rate) are nowadays found at this level.

919 Brage
726 Västerås
651 Umeå
583 Skellefteå
501 Frej Täby
466 Dalkurd
459 Nyköpings
432 Luleå
359 Huddinge
217 Vasalunds
176 Athletic FC United
158 BK Forward
154 Sylvia
129 Valsta Syrianska

1983 Örgryte
720 Oddevold
635 Trollhättan
598 Trelleborgs
552 Motala
518 Oskarhamns
430 Kristiansads
408 Utsiktens
408 Qviding
398 Norrby
363 Uddevalla
292 Halmia
285 Skövde
208 Lund

The Swedish fourth and fifth tiers are dealt with on the general threads for those levels.

The Swedish FA website http://svenskfotboll.se is impressive. There is a guide in English http://svenskfotboll.se/in-english/ which walks you through the various steps to understand and obtain information in Swedish.

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