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RIYADH — Over a million fans have attended games in the Saudi Pro League this season in what is shaping to be one of the biggest football campaigns that the country has ever witnessed.
The football season is at the halfway mark and continues to grow in popularity with more men, women, girls and boys attending matches in a closely contested season, which sees just seven points separating the top six clubs, with Al Nassr leading the way after 15 games.
Recognizing the growth of the league and passionate support across the league, the Saudi Pro League is celebrating the support shown, by launching the #OurLeague campaign, which, across social media channels, is showcasing all the great things that make the league so popular from iconic photo moments and celebrations through to the best goals of the seasonS.
As part of the campaign, fans can take part in a number of online polls to get behind their favorite players and teams and share their best moments from the season by using the hashtag and tagging official @SPL social media channels for the Saudi Pro League.
With fans flocking to watch the live action at the 12 stadiums across the league, attendances have more than doubled in recent years with 700,000 fans attending matches throughout the 2010-11 campaign, whereas last season saw two millions supporters back their sides throughout the 30-game season.
As the current 2019-20 campaign shapes up to break more attendance records, fans who have not been able to attend games, have also shown their support online with social media channels growing to reach 1.2 million followers across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, whilst the new-this-season GSA.Live is proving to be a huge hit for live online game streaming.
Launched at the start of the season, the free-to-use app covers every minute of the action and highlights packages form the league which now boasts players from 40 different countries across South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
The excitement and competitiveness of one of the most hotly contested SPL seasons to-date has gripped the whole country, with 341 goals scored in 120 games with an average of 2.84 goals per match. Leading the table of top scorers so far is French talisman Bafetimbi Gomis with 12 goals, followed by Morocco’s Abderrazak Hamdallah and Syrian captain Omar Al Somah with 11 goals each.
With the season at the halfway mark, clubs still have 15 games to play between now and May with fans still able to purchase tickets for games online at www.sharek.sa, or on the day of the game at each stadium.
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