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Post by Scottish » Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:54 pm

The Polish top division Ekstraklasa has sixteen teams but once they’ve all played each other twice the season isn’t over. They then split into championship and relegation groups of eight with teams in each group playing the others in their group once more. This means nineteen home games for some and eighteen for others. To complicate matters, teams carry forward 50% of the points gained from the regular season. These are from all points won, not just those from others in the same group. Odd numbers are rounded up before being divided by two.

While the top group contests the title and European places, the bottom two in the lower group are relegated.

On the face of it Poland occupies a respectable place in the attendance table, coming in at 25th in the world and 14th in Europe. But it’s that latter position which should be a cause for concern. Poland is the ninth largest country in Europe in terms of population yet its average attendances trail several smaller, some substantially so, countries – Belgium, Switzerland, Scotland, Portugal and especially the Netherlands which has less than half the population of Poland yet over twice as many fans by average attendance.

The highest crowd last season was 38,458 and the lowest 2,500. Best supported Lech Poznań were 156th in the world. The average was 8,216.

AVERAGES
20593 Lech Poznań
16583 Legia Warsaw
14815 Wisla Kraków
14166 Lechia Gdańsk
10261 Śląsk Wrocław
9341 Cracovia
7101 Korona Kielce
6506 Pogoń Szczecin
6451 Zawisza Bydgoszcz
6106 Zagłębie Lubin
6009 Ruch Chorzów
5520 Widzew Łódź
5209 Piast Gliwice
5043 Jagiellonia Białystok
3055 Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała
2999 Górnik Zabrze

The second level I Liga has eighteen teams playing each other twice with two going up and four down. When, like last season, a club fails to have its licence renewed then the fourth last is spared from the drop. Average at this level is 1,611 which puts Poland in 26th – much the same place as the top level is. Best crowd last season was 6,634 and the worst was 150.

4712 Arka Gdynia
3218 GKS Katowice
2471 ROW Rybnik
2262 Wisla Plock
1943 Chojniczanka Chojnice
1886 Bełchatów
1849 Miedź Legnica
1807 Górnik Łęczna
1565 Stomil Olsztyn
1481 Olimpia Grudziądz
1400 Sandecja Nowy Sącz
1179 Flota Świnoujście
974 Nieciecza
615 Dolcan Ząbki
485 Brzesko
456 Puszcza Niepołomice
353 GKS Tychy
335 Kolejarz Stróże

There are massive reorganisations taking place in Polish football. See the level four thread for the huge number of teams taking part at that level last season. The third tier has been streamlined into a national league this season but last year it was split into two regions – East and West. The Eastern average was 913 and the Western 784. Overall it was 849. Highest gates were 6,500 and 5,000 respectively with lowest sixty-five (East) and 100 (West). Although there were a number of familiar names dotted abut the two regions it was undoubtedly the presence of Stal Mielec which was a big factor in the better figures in the Eastern region.

There were eighteen clubs in both groups playing each other twice. The reorganisation meant that over half the clubs were relegated in order to create the new national third level.

AVERAGES
EAST
4081 Stal Mielec
1737 Pogoń Siedlce
1615 Siarka Tarnobrzeg
1452 Wigry Suwałki
1182 Radomiak Radom
912 Motor Lublin
774 Stal Rzeszów
735 Stal Stalowa Wola
591 Olimpia Elbląg
571 Pelikan Łowicz
527 Limanovia Limanowa
518 Wisła Puławy
478 Znicz Pruszków
462 Legionovia Legiono
329 Concordia Elbląg
296 Świt Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki
224 Olimpia Zambrów
185 Garbarnia Kraków

WEST
1797 Zagłębie Sosnowiec
1318 Chrobry Głogów
1305 Odra Opole
1297 Polonia Bytom
1112 Warta Poznań
1003 Raków Częstochowa
886 Górnik Wałbrzych
794 Bytovia Bytów
741 MKS Kluczbork
709 Błękitni Stargard Szczeciński
608 Ostrovia 1909 Ostrów Wielkopolski
471 Gryf Wejherowo
369 UKP Zielona Góra
365 Ruch Zdzieszowice
356 Calisia Kalisz
344 KS Polkowice
335 Jarota Jarocin
306 Rozwój Katowice

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