A study by AD Sportwereld has shown that crowds in the Eredivisie have declined on this time last season.

  • By Michael Bell
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stadionLast season at this time there was around 50,000 empty seats at grounds around the Eredivisie, but so far this season that number has risen to 56,000.

The biggest surprise is that league leaders Vitesse, who play such attractive football, have lost on average 1,000 spectators per game on this time last season.

Utrecht are the biggest losers, having seen a drop of 2,000 fans per match, while Heerenveen (1,414), AZ Alkmaar (452) and Feyenoord (633) have also lost supporters.

Its not all losses with PEC Zwolle seeing a rise of 10.8% in attendances, while Ajax, Twente, Roda JC, PSV, and NAC Breda all seeing slight rises in the number of supporters.

The reasons behind the drop are said to be the financial climate, but also the deal with Fox Sports, which show a large number of the games live on tv.

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