By: Tyler Curry

Soccer is a world sport. Europe is one of its centers. Top European soccer leagues attract talented players and global crowds every season. Using Visart we crunched data from the top six European leagues, years 2000 to 2013, and found some really interesting insights about who is leading European leagues and who is falling behind.

But first, let us review some statistical background on these leagues:

League Country Average Revenue (in millions)/year Average Attendance/game
Bundesliga Germany €2,000 45,116
Premiere League United Kingdom €2,900 34,601
La Liga Spain €1,900 29,430
Ligue 1 France €1,300 18,863
Primeira Liga Portugal €298 10,958
Seria A Italy €1,700 21,921

The numbers draw a few conclusions. To start, there was an increasing trend in the average goals scored in leagues from 2005. Conversely, there is a decreasing trend between 2000 and 2005.

By simply looking at the average goals scored per game, we can say that the game is played more offensive in these six leagues after 2005. For example, the average goals per game and total goals per season indicate this trend clearly.

Also, Bundesliga has been the most offensive league. Historically, the leagues average goals scored per game have secured the first place spot – the highest scoring European country, consistently – according to the heat map (Fig. 3). On the contrary, Ligue 1 lags behind as the least offensive league in the 2013 season.

It seems like the biggest question here is: What happened in 2005? Significant changes happened that year – and our team will dig further to find the story. Stay tuned, and let us know if you have any leads.