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Federation Internationale de Football Association

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Football attendance figures reach new record

The Olympic Football Tournaments Beijing 2008 have attained a new all-time attendance record after the semi-final stage of the competition, with 1,9 million spectators.

With four matches yet to be played, the attendance figures will surely surpass the 2 million barrier by the end of the competition, making football the sport with more viewers on site of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

OFT attendance figures 2008 (as after semi-finals) Combined total Men's/Women's competitions: 1,9 million Total average per match: 35,130 Men's total: 1,26 million / average per match 41,900 Women's total: 0,64 million / average per match 26,600 OFT attendance figures 1984 to 2004 * Athens 2004 (M&W): 430,279 - 39 match sessions - 11,033 average

  • Sydney 2000 (M&W): 1,075,136 - 35 match sessions - 30,178 average

  • Atlanta 1996 (M&W): 1,350,283 33 - match sessions - 40,918 average

  • Barcelona 1992: 466,300 - 32 matches - 14,572 average

  • Seoul 1988: 733,712 - 32 matches - 22,929 average

  • Los Angeles 1984: 1,423,613 - 32 matches - 44,488 average